The Rotary Club of St Austell have presented Cornish charity, Cornwall Hospice Care with a £10,000 donation following a successful Lunch by the Lake event held in July. The money was presented to Lizzie Hotton, Unit Manager/Sister at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell by the Club President Ian Kelly.

The Lunch by the Lake event was held under canvas in a marquee erected at the home of Tony Geake, who as well as being a Rotarian is a Trustee of Cornwall Hospice Care.  450 people enjoyed a meal and entertainment from a steel band from Montpelier School in Plymouth and the band, Edison Lighthouse.

Ian Kelly is the President of the Rotary Club of St Austell;

“We were fortunate to have the support of many local Cornish companies, including Peugeot through the Hawkins family, and those who came along were also very generous. It meant the event ultimately raised a massive £13,000 for charity, £10,000 of which we have given to Cornwall Hospice Care who do such wonderful work caring for patients with life limiting illnesses, and their families.”


Last night (Thursday 20 August) a number of Rotarians who organised the event, gathered at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice in St Austell to present the donation to Lizzie Hotton, the Unit Manager/Sister, who said she was delighted to accept the money;

“It costs a lot of money to provide the specialist care we offer to our in and out patients so support such as this is vital. It means we can continue to provide a haven to which families can come to receive the individual help they need, and at no cost to them. We simply couldn’t continue without help from the community as our small NHS grant only pays for 41 days of care in each calendar year. The other 324 days are funded by charitable donations such as this. I can’t say thank you enough to the Rotary Club of St Austell.”