CHARITIES, friends and supporters of the Rotary Club in Basingstoke were thanked at a special meal. 

Dozens of people were invited to a three-course meal at The Restaurant at Basingstoke College of Technology on Thursday, November 9. 

The attendees were all invited as special guests of Basingstoke Rotary Club. 

It was the first time the event has been held since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year’s president ‘Tunde Adelakun gave a speech, before welcoming charities to give a presentation on their work. 

Businesses that have helped Rotary with its good causes throughout the year were also thanked with certificates, before a certificate was handed to Caroline Worley, from Oakley Stiitchers, to recognise her dedication and commitment to the community through her Knitted Knockers campaign. 

Basingstoke Gazette: Guests at Basingstoke Rotary Club's Business Partners Evening at The Restaurant at BCoT

Caroline coordinates a group of volunteers who create knitted breasts that can be used by women who have undergone mastectomy. 

On receiving her award, from the Mayor of Basingstoke Cllr David Leeks, she said: "This is really kind, I did not set out to do this but we have helped thousands of people around the UK." 

'Tunde said he was amazed by the good work Caroline and her colleague Lucy do. 

He said he would like to see more recognition for people doing good work in the community and that he hopes to progress this with his community awards. 

He said: "We want to use our benevolence to touch lives in the community." 

Basingstoke Gazette: Guests at the meal Guests at the meal (Image: Kimberley Barber)

'Tunde also said he has plans for a family football festival next year. 

Business partners recognised by Rotary on the night were: Absolutely Offices, BCoT, Churchod & Co (incorporating London Clancy), Phillips Law, LMW Accountants and Lamb Brooks. 

Charities at the evening were: Sebastian's Action Trust, Heartburn UK, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, YPI Counselling, Homestart and Destination Basingstoke.