Romney Marsh Morris proved they are still alive and kicking, (with bells on), with their annual charity cheque presentation.
Despite 2020 being a year when they were unable to dance out at all, and only able to practice a few times, in a socially distanced way, the 30 plus members rallied together to raise funds for their nominated charity for 2020 – RNLI Littlestone.
Various events, including a Mayday SOS Coffee morning, Mummers plays, a St Georges Day Hoodening event, a Trafalgar Night celebration, a virtual barn dance, and a designated month of donations, all carried out via Zoom, have raised over £1,000.
During a recent Zoom meeting, Romney Marsh Morris presented Matt Crittenden, the Station Manager for RNLI Littlestone, with a cheque for £1,086.47.
A round of applause
Accepting the cheque, Matt remarked: “You guys deserve a round of applause. You’re entertaining, your hearts are in the right place, and this is a massive amount of money to have raised in such difficult times. It is so, so, so very much appreciated”
He added that nationally, the RNLI’s fundraising was down by £30,000,000 in 2020.
Dave Comley, Squire of Romney Marsh Morris said: “The determination of RMM members to keep together and keep going during this most difficult of times has been amazing. This has resulted, despite having no actual dance stands since Oct 2019, in being able to donate over £1000 to RNLI Littlestone. I’m proud of what the members have achieved and delighted, in just our 5th year of existence, that we have not only donated thousands of pounds to a local charity but also developed into a wonderfully supportive social group”.
Romney Marsh Morris has a scaled-down programme of events prepared for 2021, in the hope that many of them will take place. This can be seen on their website.
The group is also looking for potential new members. They will host a meet and greet morning via Zoom, on Sunday February 7 at 11am.
Image Credits: Judith Ruffhead .