Round Table raises millions of pounds

Round Table members Clive Matthews and Colin Redman
Round Table members Clive Matthews and Colin Redman at the Birdhouse Café, dishing up hot meals during Storm Arwen.

The Round Table, which holds social gatherings and fundraising events, has raised millions of pounds for good causes.

The organisation, which was first formed in 1927, now includes more than 2,300 clubs in more than 65 countries worldwide.

Members also help out in their community during times of crisis – such as during Storm Arwen.

Supporting charity

One club, Banchory and District Round Table, has raised £16,000 for local good causes – from sports clubs to a charity supporting vulnerable children and families.

The organisation, which also provided hot meals to residents without power during Storm Arwen, holds fundraising events throughout the year.

Round Table members Clive Matthews and Colin Redman
Round Table members Clive Matthews and Colin Redman.

Round Table member Colin Redman, a chef who heads Birdhouse Café in the High Street, said: “We try to help out in our community, while working as a team and having fun.”

Donations were made to Deeside Rugby Club; Number 1 Banchory, a multi-purpose space which offers volunteer placements for all ages; Scouts and Guide groups, and Banchory Men’s Shed, which has teamed up with Legion Scotland to promote members’ wellbeing and ex-servicemen in need. The Round Table also helped fund a wheelchair for a boy in the village.

The Round Table also raised money for AberNecessities, a charity which provides essential items to underprivileged families to care for their children.

Danielle Flecher-Horn, founder of AberNecessities, said: “We want to express our sincere gratitude for the generous donation from the Round Table.

“This funding will help us ensure local children receive essential items that no child should go without.

“Thank you for supporting our local community and allowing us to help thousands of underprivileged children across Aberdeen city and shire. You truly make a difference, for which we are very grateful.”

Storm Arwen

Members also rallied round to help residents during Storm Arwen – when thousands of trees were blown over and homes lost power as lines were brought down.

Round Table members followed the organisation’s principles of “adopt, adapt, improve’ to help those in need.

A team of chainsaw operators worked to remove or make safe as many trees as possible during the storm – and members shared warnings and updates on their social media.

Members also delivered over 150 hot meals a night, three times a week, from the Birdhouse Café.

Father-of-two Colin, who runs the café with his wife, Ruth, said: “We reached out to community leaders to see how we could help. They needed hot food – and we could assist.

“We then had to distribute the food to a lot of people, while keeping it hot, which is where our coordinated efforts came together.

“The Round Table family put in a real team effort to make sure the food was delivered to vulnerable people across lots of small villages.”

Round Table

The Round Table, which is open to those who identify as male, aged 18 to 45, organises an annual firework event – held for almost 40 years.

The first Round Table was formed in Norwich in 1927 as a non-religious and non-political organisation – which it continues to be today.

Founder Louis Marchesi was a young member of Norwich Rotary Club, who believed there was a need for a club for the young in order to bring about change.