A leading voluntary organisation has revealed it has raised in excess of £2million in the past 12 months benefitting more than 1,100 organisations or individuals.
The significant sum follows a survey by the National Association of Round Tables Great Britain and Ireland (Round Table) of its 400 clubs last month – which saw just over a third respond.
It is the first time the survey has been conducted to get a reflection of the impact the Association has on communities across the UK.
Among the major beneficiaries are Bournemouth-based Round Table Children’s Wish, which provides hand-crafted wishes for children with life limiting illnesses, and the BBC’s Children in Need.
Round Table, which is open to men aged 18-45, has in excess of 4,000 members who volunteer a significant number of hours annually, organising a range of events including fun runs, beer festivals, fireworks displays and Santa Sleigh runs, to raise the funds and have a major impact on the villages, towns and cities they are in.
Next month Round Tables are taking more than 100 nominated families from across the country to Staffordshire theme park Drayton Manor for the Biggest Wish.
Round Table president Marcus Jones said: “I am tremendously proud of our Association and the members for what they achieve each year.
“The £2million raised in the past year is only the tip of the iceberg and we’ll be looking to build on that figure next year.
“Our members are just ordinary guys doing extraordinary things. They give up their time and play a major role in their communities and make a real impact.
“They organise the events that maybe the wider public do not realise. Round Table organises more than 100 fireworks displays in November and a similar number go out in all weathers in December taking Santa around their communities.
“We passionately support Round Table Children’s Wish and the Round Table Trust, the latter providing opportunities for young people to work abroad.”