Caterham Harestone supports Nepal Earthquake Appeal

ShelterBox Tent ready to use at the hospital
ShelterBox Tent ready to use at the hospital

Caterham Harestone Rotary funded two ShelterBoxes for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.  Each box costs £590 and contains a tent for a family of 6, sleeping bags, water purifying equipment, cooking equipment including a multi fuel stove, tools and things for children.  Caterham Harestone Rotary provide funding for ShelterBoxes regularly as it provides a safe, fast and effective means of getting aid to where it is most needed making full use of the network of 1.2 million Rotarians around the globe.

Whats in a Shelterbox


The ShelterBox operations team was first able to get a clear idea of the level of destruction when Ashish Chaulagain, who is a member of Rotary International’s youth programme Rotaract, got in touch to explain situation in the capital of Kathmandu.

Ashish said: ‘The situation is that the environment is filled with fear. Still there is an expectation of more tremors and the weather forecast has also said to be alert.  There is much damage in Kathmandu. Emergency relief is required that is for sure.’

The speed of information helped to inform ShelterBox’s decision to send an assessment team, made up of Phil Duloy (UK) and Nicola Hinds (UK) to the city.

The team arrived Monday afternoon and were met by local Rotarians, who were able to give them a full brief of the current situation.

Phil Duloy, part of the first ShelterBox response team to arrive in Nepal, said: ‘Each day the population of Nepal is experiencing thunder and heavy rains, and with the monsoon season coming, there is a possibility of flooding as well. With so many people sleeping outside, this terrible weather makes the speed of our response even more crucial.’

ShelterBox is sending shelter kits to Nepal, which will help people to clear rubble, mend structures and make sturdy temporary shelters that can be adapted and moved when needed. More ShelterBox response teams are on the way to identify the people most in need and to distribute aid.

However, ShelterBox has been able to provide tents to four hospitals in the city creating safe, covered spaces where patients can be treated in privacy. They will be used for carrying out minor operations, changing dressings and as mobile health clinics too.

Phil Duloy, ShelterBox response team member, said: ‘Most hospitals in Kathmandu have just been condemned, so we are immediately distributing our pre-positioned stocks in the city to give a space for the medical staff to treat the patients who have been evacuated in the hospital grounds.’

Fellow response team member and former nurse and midwife Nicola Hinds describes the scene at one of the hospitals. She said: ‘The devastation is enormous. My husband is a GP in Northern Ireland, and it really puts things into perspective about how lucky we are to have the NHS when you see the scene here. People are being treated in the open air with limited resources – the difference is staggering.’

ShelterBox is also sending further aid to Nepal, starting with an initial 500 shelter kits, which can be used to mend structures and create temporary shelters. However, our pre-positioned stocks of equipment in the country meant that the response team was able to start helping people whose lives have been shattered by the earthquake as soon as they arrived in the country.


We have aid pre-positioned all around the world to make sure that we can help people in need as soon as possible. Geeta Shrestha, Nursing Director at one of the four hospitals that received our tents, said: From my heart and from my hospital, I thank you.’


ShelterBox is sending an initial 500 shelter kits to Kathmandu to help provide shelter to the thousands of people who have been sleeping on the streets, despite the plummeting temperatures and thunderstorms. The shelter kits can be used in a variety of ways to help repair structures and create temporary shelters.


Local Rotarians will be further assisting ShelterBox by acting as consignee for the shelter kits, helping to import the aid into the country and take responsibility for it as it goes through customs.


The global network of Rotary clubs has been important to ShelterBox since it was formed in 2000. It was first adopted as the millennium project of the local Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard and in 2012 became Rotary International’s first project partner.


As our response in Nepal demonstrates, the partnership offers opportunities to collaborate and combine resources with Rotary clubs around the world to quickly provide emergency shelter for people affected by disasters and humanitarian crises.





Club’s Coffee Morning a Roaring Success

Back in November 2014 the club held a coffee morning in aid o the Caterham Dene Hospital at the Soper Hall.  Thanks to the enormous efforts of some of our members, the ladies from the Cancer Research team and the generosity of many local stores the morning raised in excess of £400 in about 3 hours.  We will be holding another coffee morning in mid 2015.


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Club Presidents Night 30th June 2014

The club saw out the old Rotary year at the Surrey National Golf Club on the last day of June with its President’s Night.  Members of the club, their partners, members of the Caterham and Titsey clubs with their partners and our friends from Bletchingley Skills Centre attended a dinner followed by presentations to Bletchingley Skill Centre and the League of Friends of Caterham Dene Hospital.

Once the formalities were out of the way the evening finished with music and dancing.

Wendy Cope from Skills Centre receives a cheque from President Graham Woodcock
Wendy Cope from Skills Centre receives a cheque from President Graham Woodcock
Jean Baker from the League of Friends of the Dene Hospital receives a cheque
Jean Baker from the League of Friends of the Dene Hospital receives a cheque


Caterham Carnival June 2014


Once again the season of fetes is upon us.  As normal this started with Caterham Carnival.  Once again we rolled out of fruit tombola.  New Rotary members Jane and Bob played a major role in the activities of the day.  Jane (featured in the photo above – don’t know what the teddy has to do with it) proved that she can translate her sales skills from her professional career to the fair ground as she proved to be a very effective barker.  The last prize went with the very last ticket in the bucket.  Money raised from this event will go to local and international Rotary supported charities.

See us at Warlingham Fayre on 21st June for another chance to win a box of fruit.


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Following the devastation and catastrophic effects arising from one of the fiercest ever Typhoons (Haiyan) that recently hit the Philippines, Rotarians from Rotary in Caterham swung into action at the beginning of last week. In a matter of 4 days they put together a plan of action to hold a collection in Caterham Valley and this included the securing of the necessary licences from Tandridge District Council and Church Walk Shopping Centre.

Graham Woodcock President of Caterham Harestone Rotary said “early on Saturday 16th November our team braved the weather and after erecting a display they began collecting in teams of 5 throughout the day with their yellow buckets in order to secure much needed funds to purchase 4 Shelterboxes.”

Shelterbox is a global project charity partner with Rotary providing emergency supplies to disaster areas.  Each box contains a tent and supplies to keep an extended family alive for up to three months. Full details are available from

A total amount of just over £2870 was collected. This was the largest amount the Rotarians had ever collected in one single day and Peter Lyons President of Caterham Rotary Club said   “A big thank you goes to the people of Caterham who gave so generously to help relieve the poor, suffering victims of this dreadful disaster. Nothing can compensate for the tremendous losses of life and property that they have endured but it will do much to alleviate their immediate needs.”

Both Peter & Graham also praised the support that Rotary in Caterham received from Tandridge District Council and from Shelley Filippi the Church Walk Centre Manager in helping to set everything up on the day.

Fete Season comes to Caterham Area once again

For two weekends in June Caterham hosts two large Carnivals & Fayres.  The Caterham Carnival takes place first, this year the sun shone and the shorts came out and once again the Rotarians from Caterham Harestone, got out their stall and filled it with boxes of fruit for their now famous fruit tombola.  This year we were located next to our mother club’s stands which were blood pressure testing and a Pimms stand.  The fruit disappeared fast and over £300 was collected to go to various Rotary charities.

The following weekend was not quite as bright but this didn’t dappen spirits at the Warlingham Fayre, the shorts were put away but the stand was once again laden with fruit as once again large crowds assembled around the stand trying to win one of the boxes.

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Club inducts 3 new Paul Harris Fellows

At the Club Christmas meal which happened just after New Year three members were honoured for their service to the club and the community by being made Paul Harris Fellows.  Paul Harris was the man who started Rotary near Chicago just over a century ago, this award is one of the highest that Rotary can award and is in recognition of service whether it be to Rotary itself or to the Community at large.

The three recipients are show below

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