02:36AM, Tuesday 12 November 2013
A rotary club is celebrating its birthday after raising thousands for charity and putting in hundreds of hours of volunteering in its first year.
The Rotary Club of Maidenhead Bridge was formed a year ago to cater for parents and professionals over the age of 30 and meets twice a month at Costa Coffee in High Street.
Its first year has involved a host of activities, including scaling the climbing wall of Longridge Activity Centre 233 times and racing wind-up reindeers across the Nicholsons Centre.
From a core group of 10, membership has grown to 28 people, with many of those involved looking for a club they can fit around their busy work and family lives.
President Lisa Hunter, of Heywood Avenue, said: "The number one thing was to give back to the community. We all do so much in our fast-paced lives so it's nice to volunteer."
She added several people had also become involved as a way of making new friends after moving to the area.
The club officially joined the rotary movement on November 23, and has already raised more than £4,000 for various charities and put in 1,000 hours of volunteer work.
Its activities include working with Open Kitchen Foodshare, an Easter fun day and the reindeer race, which this year will take place on December 14.
In February, it organised the Big Climb at Longridge, where members were joined by Maidenhead Rotaract, the 1st Cox Green Brownies and 1st Cookham Guides to scale the equivalent height of Mount Everest.
The club has also launched a 'Pimp my Charity' initiative to offer free professional advice to help small charities grow.
Mum-of-one Lisa, 32, said: "It's been a great level to not only meet new members but also meet charities and see all the amazing stuff that's going on in Maidenhead."
The club will mark the anniversary with a party for members at Maidenhead Football Club on Friday.
Visit maidenheadbridgerotary.org.uk to find out how to join.
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