Rotary Members and Guests raise £4,300 for Charity with a visit to Arragon Mooar

Members of the Rotary Club of Rushen & Western Mann and guests attended an evening of entertainment at Arragon Mooar, the home of Dr John C Taylor OBE (http://www.johnctaylor.com/).

Pictured (L to R) Rotarian Brian Coole; David Lewis from sponsors Haven Homes; Club Vice President  Rotarian John Lindon and Dr John Taylor.

Pictured (L to R) Rotarian Brian Coole; David Lewis from sponsors Haven Homes; Club Vice President  Rotarian John Lindon and Dr John Taylor.

Dr Taylor is a British inventor, entrepreneur, horologist and philanthropist best known for his numerous inventions, most notably for electric kettle controls. Arragon Mooar is a family home, the design consisting of a series of spacious oval rooms with windows taking in the spectacular views of the countryside and island’s coastline.

The entertainment included drinks, canapes, a musical interlude with young musicians directed by Ruth Keggin and a talk by Dr Taylor on the design of his magnificent home and the evening was kindly sponsored by Haven Homes. Rotary also extend thanks to everyone who donated prizes and in particular to Angela Carnson and the ladies of Douglas Floral Club for the beautiful flower arrangements.

The two charities to benefit from the funds raised are ‘The Teapot Trust’ (http://www.teapottrust.org/) and the Rotary Club of Rushen & Western Mann, Foundation projects.

‘The Teapot Trust’ is a children’s charity and the chosen charity of Dr Taylor. The charity provides Art Therapy to support children coping with the emotional needs and impact of living with a chronic illness or life limiting condition. Art Therapy provides a way to share thoughts and feelings that for a young child can be difficult to express verbally. Dr Laura Young MBE and her husband Dr John Young co-founded the Teapot Trust in 2010 after seeing the gaps in the care of their daughter Verity, who suffered from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE Lupus) and cancer before her tragic death at the age of eight, in 2009.

The monies raised were divided equally with £2,150 going to each charity.

On being presented with the cheque at a Rotary meeting, Dr John Taylor said, “The evening organised by Brian Coole and the team from the Rushen & Western Mann Rotary Club was both entertaining and purposeful. The guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves at Arragon Mooar, while raising funds for an excellent cause. I know that the Teapot Trust will be delighted with the funds raised, which comes at the end of a very active year for the charity.”

Brian Coole, Rotarian and principle organiser of the evening replied, “The Teapot Trust provides inspiration to so many young people, reducing and managing anxiety and the Rotary Club of Rushen & Western Mann is proud to support such a worthy cause”.