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A leading voluntary organisation has revealed it has raised in excess of £3.3million in the past 12 months benefitting more than 1500 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 65% of clubs respond.

It is the second time the survey has been conducted to reveal the impact the club has upon communities across the UK and Ireland.

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.

Round Table president Mark House said: “I am tremendously proud of our Association and the members for what they achieve each year.

“To reveal that we’ve raised even more in the past 12 months than in 2014-2015 is a fantastic achievement.

“Our guys are giving up their time to make the communities where they live better places to be.

“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.”

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