THE North Cotswold Rotary Club had a Christmas to remember after raising nearly £13,000 for good causes in the last six weeks of 2013.

And because of the generosity of the public and the efforts of members, the club is able to support a wide range of good causes - local, national and international.

In response to the sheer scale of the typhoon disaster to hit the Philippines, Rotary was able to donate more than £3,800, with most going to Shelter Box for immediate relief and some to a trust fund for longer term rebuilding projects.

Nationally, the club donated £2,000 to the RAF Benevolent Fund from the proceeds of the Christmas Charity Band Concert, with £1,700 going to local charities.

And just under £1,000 is going to several medical charities and the Alzheimer's Society.

The largest percentage of all the money raised is going to support a number of local charities, including Kate's Home Nursing, Sam Pilcher Trust, the Naight Club in Bourton, Leckhampton Court Hospice (Sue Ryder), the Villager Bus, Young Carers, and North Gloucestershire Air Ambulance. Funds have also been earmarked later in the year for local branches of Home Start and ReadEasy.

Nigel Randall, chairman of the club's fundraising committee, said: “North Cotswolds Rotary Club would like to thank local businesses and members of the public for their generous support, and we are delighted to be able to help so many good causes."