Rotarians use 60+ Club annual fair to raise funds for homeless

Mayor of Croydon Humayun Kabir with Edward Handley at the opening of the Croydon 60+ Club annual fair on Saturday

The Mayor of Croydon, Humayun Kabir, opened the Croydon 60+ Club annual fair on Saturday, an event attended by Edward Handley, the chair of the 60+ Club – what used to be known as the Darby and Joan Club – Stephen Kirkman, the club secretary, and Chris Dighton, the President of the Croydon Rotary Club.

Together with his wife Sharon, Dighton ran a stall selling general household goods to raise funds for and to promote the “Helping Hand Campaign”.

That’s the Rotary-backed appeal which is supporting Crisis Skylight Centre in Surrey Street to help tackle homelessness in Croydon.

The 60+ Club is based at 58, Addiscombe Road, and they had hoped to stage their annual fair in the summer.

Rotary Club President Chris Dighton working to raise funds for this winter’s appeal for the homeless

But the closure of Addiscombe Road when the “brief” tram works were being carried out meant that public access to the club’s premises was impossible, and the event had to be postponed, taken indoors and adapted to being a Christmas fair.

The Croydon 60+ Club was founded by the Croydon Rotary Club in the 1940s.

JB Shakespeare, the funeral directors, in Wellesley Road in central Croydon, or at 175 Selsdon Park Road, are acting as collecting points for donated items towards the Helping Hand appeal, which is seeking donations of items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel, shampoo, sanitary items, face cloths.

For more on the appeal, click here.

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