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The Becton Bag Banishes Plastic - March 2021

Becton Rotary has embarked on a project to reduce the number of plastic carrier bags used for deliveries by helping New Forest Basics Bank to increasingly use bags made from recycled fabric which can be returned, Covid-quarantined and re-used in order to reduce the number of single-use plastic carrier bags being distributed each week.

Hearts Revisited - January 2021

In January, Becton Rotary resurrected the knitted hearts project with a view to meeting renewed demand from local hospitals for fresh supplies.

Following publicity describing the initiative, we received a very warm response from the public stating a great sense of purpose of wanting to help. The end result was quite overwhelming with a total of 710 knitted hearts kindly made by;

Milford WI...........216



A special mention must be given to 4 ladies, Christine, Kay, Judith and Penny who between them knitted over 200 hearts. To date, 400 hearts have been bagged into pairs and distributed to Southampton General Hospital, Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Lymington Hospital and Oakhaven hospice. The response expressed by the NHS for the delivery of these hearts has been very gratifying all stating what a vital contribution we have made in keeping patients hopes and love alive.

Helping Oakhaven to Expand

Becton Rotary in conjunction with Sewing for the NHS & Local Community were delighted to be able to offer some assistance to Oakhaven Hospice in their activities to help ease the stress within the NHS by expanding their capacity from 10 to 14 rooms.

Having taken on staff  to service the extra rooms, Oakhaven had a need for extra Scrubs & Scrubs Bags and this is where Becton Rotary Club and the New Forest Sewing Group were able to respond.


£400 was donated from joint Becton Rotary / New Forest Sewing Group funds for purchase of twenty sets of Scrubs and members of the Sewing Group immediately set about making twenty Scrubs Bags for use with the newly-purchased Scrubs. Well done to Maggie Hill and Jane Rose for the speedy manufacture of the twenty Scrubs Bags.

The photo is a library image of Oakhaven nurses wearing similar Scrubs to those purchased.