Inner Wheel in Stevenage still rolling along after 50 years

THE Inner Wheel Club of Stevenage celebrated its 50th anniversary with a lunch at the Letchworth Hall Hotel.

Over 100 people attended the event on Wednesday, including the association’s national president, Pam McConnell, and one of the oldest members, 96-year-old Kay Wainman.

Mrs Wainman lit a candle for the past while current president Jill Badcock lit one for the present and newest member Gill Coles lit one for the future.

The Stevenage club is one of over 3,600 Inner Wheel clubs worldwide, spread over 100 countries and formed by the wives of Rotarians. It is now the largest women’s organisation in the world.

Association president Mrs McConnell said: “It was a day of special celebration not only for celebrating 50 years of friendship and fellowship but 50 years of service to the local community and overseas.”

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Over the past 10 years the club has raised around �21,000 for different charities and because of its links worldwide, funds are given directly to the people that need them.

Fundraising has included knitting blankets, putting together toy bags for children and providing baby bundles for the needy in Eastern Europe.

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The club’s main charity this year is The Soldiers Charity – helping disabled soldiers and their families.

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