OSWESTRY'S Cambrian Rotary Club has been explaining the recent work it has undertaken with a charity supporting people in Eastern Europe.

Members enjoyed a Zoom talk from Doctors Alister and Margaret Robertson from the Jacob’s Well Appeal (JWA) which was started by Doctor Beryl Beynon, a GP in Beverley near Hull, in 1982 and it became a charity in 1984.

Mike Lade, spokesman for the Club, said they have been helping JWA with items and support this week.

He added: "In 1982 Dr Beynon was moved by the struggles of the Polish people who at that time were in the Eastern Bloc and were unable to get some medical supplies.

"She started sending medical and colostomy aid to Poland. Gradually the work expanded into Eastern Europe and JWA was able to build a rehabilitation centre and housing for the handicapped children in Romania who were abandoned to state care during the Ceauşescu regime.

"Beryl’s vision expanded as the supply of aid grew and the charity has worked in Afghanistan, Western Africa, Pakistan, Moldova, Syria, Somaliland and Kenya as well as sending aid during humanitarian crises and disasters to many parts of the world.

"Medical aid of all sorts to include out-of-date dressings, crutches, commodes, wheelchairs to redundant hospital equipment are checked by volunteer experts.

JWA also now sends educational and agricultural aid to help support schools and communities abroad, particularly in Western Africa.

"This includes planting fruit tree orchards and sending tractors to be used for seed bank projects and feeding schools.

"If you wish to donate money to help in the cost of the transport of containers etc then please contact office@jacobswellappeal.org.

But for this initiative, hundreds of tons of this material and equipment would have gone to landfill.

"In the following weeks Oswestry Cambrian Rotary will be discussing how best they can help this wonderful and very effective project as part of their International Rotary work."

For more information on the Rotary has to offer contact Mike on 01691 570917, or email info@oswestrycambrianrc.co.uk or visit www.oswestrycambrianrc.co.uk