BULWELL and Basford Rotary Club’s oldest member, 90-year-old George Bagshaw, has made a generous gesture that will benefit three local schools.
Mindful of his age and keen to contribute something worthwhile, George has funded the provision of a number of children’s bicycles which he has delivered personally (with the help of fellow Rotarians) to designated schools.
Hempshill Hall Primary and St Mary’s Church Of England Primary in Bulwell, as well as North Gate Primary in New Basford, will use the gifts in different ways.
Hempshill Hall has decided to auction off two bikes with the proceeds going towards a ‘Green Fingers’ gardening project that was launched in the summer.
St Mary’s is also to use the bikes to raise funds but has not yet decided on the project that will benefit from the funding.
North Gate is to auction its two bikes at a Christmas fair and money raised will go towards the funding of a pantomime visit for 280 pupils.
George, who visited the schools with Rotary colleagues Bill Smith (president) and John Harding, said: “It is good to know that, at my time of life, I can bring pleasure to people by helping to fund their various initiatives.”
Young at heart, George is relatively new to Rotary but has been a member of the local Probis Club (for retired businessmen) for more than 20 years. He spent most of his life working for the Inland Revenue as a district valuer.
n OUR PHOTO shows George (left) and fellow Rotarians handing over some of the bikes to North Gate youngsters and their teacher, Mel Spouge (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan).