Message from our Regional President
*Message from Jen Simpson – President of London Chilterns Region 2016-17
“I became a member of SIGBI in 2009 because I am passionate about making a difference for women and girls. My hobbies are walking, taking part in muddy obstacle races and occasionally running in particular taking part in parkruns on a Saturday morning. I also belong to a virtual community of runners (www.virtualrunner.co.uk) who actively take part in runs and walks for charities.
As you will note, my hobbies and interests are underpinned by my passion for being and keeping active – which fits with the theme I have chosen for my year of office.
Programme Action is the life blood of what we as Soroptimists do – over the next year I want to very much focus on our role of being ACTIVE (Aspirational, Collaborative, Tenacious, Inspiring, Vocal and Empowering) for women and girls across the globe.
We can all demonstrate these qualities, both individually and collectively in a number of ways and I am looking forward to hearing more about our Clubs and Members’ activities during the course of the year that really showcases how our Clubs are being ACTIVE.
My chosen charity, is one that is very close to my heart as it is the More Smiles Appeal run jointly by Imperial College Healthcare Charity and Children of St Mary’s Intensive Care (COSMIC) charity.
Every year around 400 children are admitted to the Paediatric Intensive Care unit at St Mary’s Hospital, but we have to turn away hundreds more critically ill children for treatment sometimes as far away as Birmingham because we do not have enough beds. In 2014, the unit turned away 233 children, over half of the number admitted. The money raised from this appeal will help expand and renovate our current facility into a new modern unit, increasing the number of beds from 8 to 15, allowing more than 200 extra children to be treated each year. This new unit will be modern and fit for purpose, with increased space around each bed, a dedicated fully equipped parents’ room and a bereavement room. No longer will difficult conversations take place at a crowded bedside or in a small parents’ kitchen with a lack of privacy.
Our new state of the art unit will allow our consultants and clinical staff to deliver outstanding care and provide emotional support that every child and their family deserve. (www.moresmiles.org.uk)
I am really looking forward to serving as your President for the next 12 months, but more importantly I am proud to be a Soroptimist and I hope you can make me even more proud by both being ACTIVE and supporting this important appeal.”