(Left to right, Vice President Mohammed Karim, Divisional Secretary of Tameside SSAFA Daniel Millan, Tameside Rotarian and RAF veteran Jeff Mellor, President Angela Robbins and Major Bernie Broad)

(Left to right, Vice President Mohammed Karim, Divisional Secretary of Tameside SSAFA Daniel Millan, Tameside Rotarian and RAF veteran Jeff Mellor, President Angela Robbins and Major Bernie Broad)

We were honoured to have Ashton under Lyne born Major Bernie Broad talk to us last night at our monthly Tameside Rotary meeting held at Dukinfield Golf Club.

SSAFA is one of our main charities this year and were due to receive money raised at our Beer Festival. Due to COVID and issues with the venue and suppliers this year our beer festival was sadly cancelled. We are hoping to have our beer festival as usual in September 2022 which will also be our 10th Anniversary.

Bernie talked to us very honestly about his time in the Grenadier Guards from 1982 at Chelsea Barracks, to the day of the blast in Afghanistan where he received life-changing injuries. He covered the vital role SSAFA played in making life a little bit easier for him and the other injured service personnel receiving treatment. SSAFA have purpose built accommodation, where he was being treated, so that their families could stay close by. This helped the families and the injured at such a critical time in their recovery period.

Bernie also explained how very important, for him, Captaining the Invictus Games in 2017 was and how this turned his life around for the better. Exercise, a newly-found purpose as well as helping and driving others to achieve their goals and representing their country was the best tonic for Bernie!

RAF veteran Jeff Mellor gave thanks for such an inspiring talk.

President Angela Robbins explained ‘Bernie is a friend of my husband and I. Bernie is such an amazing character, that I asked him to inspire our members and friends to back our forthcoming projects and activities in aid of SSAFA.’ She said she always knew Bernie would be a good speaker, and he was! The club has been receiving emails all morning from people who appreciated what a very special night they had experienced. Last night drew in 42 people keen to listen to the talk including members of Glossop Rotary, Stalybridge & Dukinfield Rotary and friends and family of our club members.

Angela said ‘When I told Bernie at this stage we could only give a smaller amount of money, than we would have liked, to SSAFA as a thank you for him speaking to us last night' (our funds are depleted following COVID), he said to me ‘It doesn’t matter what the amount of money or which charity it’s for, every Rotarian does work for us all and that’s the most important thing.’ That, in itself, she explained says everything you need to know about the generous and kind spirit of Bernie. Tameside Rotary members gave a toast to their guests and our final toast last night, as always, was ‘Rotary and Peace the World over.’, which had far more resonance than usual last night.

We also heard on the evening from Daniel Millan who is a SSAFA District Secretary volunteer and he currently runs a therapeutic allotment in Denton. The allotment is there to provide therapy through gardening but there is also space: to sit, have a cup of tea, paint, read, whatever people dropping by like most to do, or, are able to do - all in a relaxing environment.

A Tameside Rotary fund-raising event is in the planning stages to hold a St George’s Day Concert on Saturday 23rd April, and we will update you with details of how you can get involved nearer the time. All profits will go to SSAFA.

Last night Tameside Rotary donated £150.00 to SSAFA.


22/11/2021

© Rotary News



Issue archive:

Issue 108 (November 2021)
Issue 107 (October 2021)
Issue 106 (September 2021)
Issue 105 (September 2021)
Issue 104 (August 2021)
Issue 103 (August 2021)
Issue 102 (June 2021)
Issue 101 (May 2021)
Issue 100 (April 2021)
Issue 99 (March 2021)
Issue 98 (February 2021)
Issue 97 (February 2021)
Issue 96 (December 2020)
Issue 95 (December 2020)
Issue 94 (December 2020)
Issue 93 (December 2020)
Issue 92 (December 2020)
Issue 91 (November 2020)
Issue 90 (October 2020)
Issue 89 (October 2020)
Issue 88 (September 2020)
Issue 87 (August 2020)
Issue 86 (July 2020)
Issue 85 (June 2020)
Issue 84 (June 2020)
Issue 83 (May 2020)
Issue 82 (May 2020)
Issue 81 (April 2020)
Issue 80 (April 2020)
Issue 79 (February 2020)
Issue 78 (February 2020)
Issue 77 (December 2019)
Issue 76 (December 2019)
Issue 75 (December 2019)
Issue 74 (November 2019)
Issue 73 (November 2019)
Issue 72 (October 2019)
Issue 71 (September 2019)
Issue 70 (August 2019)
Issue 69 (August 2019)
Issue 68 (July 2019)
Issue 67 (July 2019)
Issue 66 (May 2019)
Issue 65 (April 2019)
Issue 64 (March 2019)
Issue 63 (March 2019)
Issue 62 (January 2019)
Issue 62 (January 2019)
Issue 61 (November 2018)
Issue 60 (November 2018)
Issue 59 (October 2018)
Issue 58 (October 2018)
Issue 57 (September 2018)
Issue 56 (August 2018)
Issue 55 (August 2018)
Issue 54 (July 2018)
Issue 53 (July 2018)
Issue 52 (June 2018)
Issue 51 (June 2018)
Issue 50 (May 2018)
Issue 49 (May 2018)
Issue 48 (May 2018)
Issue 46 (April 2018)
Issue 45 (April 2018)
Issue 44 (April 2018)
Issue 43 (April 2018)
Issue 42 (April 2018)
Issue 41 (March 2018)
Issue 40 (March 2018)
Issue 39 (February 2018)
Issue 38 (February 2018)
Issue 37 (January 2018)
Issue 36 (January 2018)
Issue 35 (January 2018)
Issue 34 (January 2018)
Issue 33 (December 2017)
Issue 32 (December 2017)
Issue 31 (December 2017)
Issue 30 (December 2017)
Issue 29 (December 2017)
Issue 28 (November 2017)
Issue 27 (November 2017)
Issue 26 (November 2017)
Issue 25 (October 2017)
Issue 24 (October 2017)
Issue 23 (October 2017)
Issue 22 (September 2017)
Issue 21 (August 2017)
Issue 20 (August 2017)
Issue 19 (July 2017)
Issue 18 (June 2017)
Issue 17 (June 2017)
Issue 16 (May 2017)
Issue 15 (May 2017)
Issue 14 (May 2017)
Issue 13 (April 2017)
Issue 12 (April 2017)
Issue 11 (April 2017)
Issue 10 (March 2017)
Issue 9 (March 2017)
Issue 8 (February 2017)
Issue 7 (February 2017)
Issue 6 (January 2017)
Issue 5 (December 2016)
Issue 4 (October 2016)
Issue 3 (September 2016)
Issue 2 (July 2016)
Issue 1 (July 2016)