THE end of an era has been marked by some very generous gifts from a group of hard working Rotarians.

Dartmoor Vale Rotary Club has now been wound up as numbers have unfortunately dwindled.

But the generosity of the last members has remained as resolute as ever with many presentations being made in the last days of the club.

Over the last 12 months the club has donated approximately £45,000. Since the club was chartered in 1986 its members have raised more than £600,000.

Rotarian Mike Beer says: ‘We made one of our last donations to the Kingskerswell and Ipplepen Surgeries.

‘When I asked them how we could best help them they asked us if we could give them £1,100 which would purchase a piece of equipment known as a Spirometer.’

Practice manager Mark Procter explains: ‘The equipment is called SpiroConnect and would integrate directly into our clinical system.

‘It is easy to store and use. It would save a significant amount of time for both the nurses and the admin team.

‘The reports and read codes are entered instantly and correctly which would improve patient safety ensuring no lost or illegible reports, saving up to ten minutes administration time per test.

‘The wire-free SpiroConnect handset is much less restrictive and more comfortable for patients to use and being able to see results on the computer screen and demonstrate to our patients in a graphic way would be extremely helpful to them and to us.’