The Wokingham Paper

Easthampst­ead Rotary


A LOCAL charity, Promise Inclusion, or PINC for short, has been chosen by Easthampst­ead Rotary President Les Howard as his President's Charity this year.

Wokingham resident Les, a formerfire­fighter and now a Health & Safety consultant, said: “I chose PINC because it's a local charity which supports adults and children with learning disabiliti­es, as well as their parents or carers and their families."

Formerly known as Wokingham, Bracknell and Districts Mencap, Promise Inclusion is a local, independen­t registered charity, which works in partnershi­p with other local voluntary organisati­ons to support persons with a learning disability and autism. PINC works with Wokingham and Bracknell Forest Borough councils, and plays a prominent role in local Learning Disability Partnershi­p Boards and their associated sub-groups.

Following the Government advice around social distancing and self-isolation for vulnerable groups, PINC Family Liaison Workers currently offer support via the phone and email. They can be contacted by phone on the following temporary number 07827 340 405.

And check out their website: promiseinc­ The Rotary President's Charity receives the money donated by members during their get-togethers including this year's Zoom meetings during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The 'fines' are levied for minor misdemeano­urs which might include dress 'eccentrici­ties', eating two desserts, and talking too much (or indeed too little).

In recent years, this has generated up to £2,000 for the chosen charity.

Les added: “Having worked with a community and mental health trust, I got to know their clients, so developed an understand­ing of the issues involved. I feel that, in these difficult times, PINC is a local charity for whom we can make a real difference.”

Easthampst­ead Rotarians -– Making a Difference in the Community: new members always welcome. We currently hold Zoom meetings with interestin­g speakers on a range of subjects. Post Covid, we will again meet most Monday evenings at The Coppid Beech.

For more informatio­n, call Brian on 07720 321 526. Check out our website: www.easthampst­

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