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Diss and District Rotary Club cartoonist raises money for great causes with a little help from fellow members

An amateur cartoonist has turned his hand to raising money for charity after revealing his hidden talent to friends and fellow club members.

David Gooderham, 82, had been drawing cartoons for his family for many years, having enjoyed creating them throughout his life.

After placing some cartoons on the wall to give directions to guests at a barbecue hosted at his farm in Tibenham, Mr Gooderham was encouraged to produce them for Diss and District Rotary Club’s newsletter.

David Gooderham has raised almost £700. Picture by Mecha Morton
David Gooderham has raised almost £700. Picture by Mecha Morton

With the club unable to hold its usual events to raise funds, David posted his cartoons on the club website, inviting readers to donate £5 if his creations made them smile.

He quickly raised more than £600 within a week – distributing the money between the rotary club, Cancer Research UK and the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity.

Mr Gooderham said: “It’s been a lifelong hobby, but it’s mostly for the kids and grand-kids, and it’s always been something I’ve loved doing. I try not to be too political and the main goal is just to make people laugh.

“With the club not meeting face to face for quite a while, we have been keeping in touch via a newsletter and I started by submitting cartoons to that.

“I got a great response and it’s grown from there. I’m amazed at how much it’s raised in such a short time, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my fellow rotarians who helped me set everything up. It’s been a real team effort.”

Mr Gooderham has recently been accepted as a member of the Cartoonists’ Club of Great Britain.

His online collections can be seen at ccgb.org.uk and www.dissrotary.org.uk where donations can be made.

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