YOUR timely and welcome piece about the Autoshow makes it clear that this is the major fund-raising event of the year for the Rotary Club of Uxbridge, enabling it to support many local, national and international charities.

Work in the local community focuses on children and on the elderly. The club is able to encourage football and cricket for youngsters as well as conducting mock interviews to help school leavers prepare for their first job.

We also take about 100 disadvantaged children to Thorpe Park for the day, as part of the national Kids Out project, and through the Jack Evans Awards we salute a pupil from each of the borough's senior schools who have given outstanding service to their school and to the local community; they each receive £50 and a certificate.

Then there is the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, where we send two young adults on an Outward Bound week, to develop their leadership and teamwork skills. With other local clubs we support the Youth Speaks competition, which develops their communication skills and builds confidence.

For the elderly, we have several initiatives, which include special Christmas shopping events and a supper party and entertainment for 80 elderly residents.

All this would be impossible without the funds raised at the Autoshow, but it also relies on willing hands to do the tremendous work involved, and we need to recruit more members to share the work and the fun - and also to ensure that this work can continue in the future.

If anyone wishes to know more about Rotary, I would urge them to visit our website:

GERRY HANSON Rotary Club of Uxbridge via email