During the 2020-2021 Club year, SI Bristol raised a total of £7,540 for its two charities, National Centre for Integrative Medicine (NCIM) and Lifeskills: Learning for Living. £1,700 was obtained from sponsors (Rathbones Bank, Kellands, Renshaw) for the cancelled Alice Roberts lectures. The remaining money was raised by two members, President Marion (above) and Jen (right) who, in this centenary year, challenged themselves to walk 100 miles a month for, respectively, 6 months and 12 months. Both exceeded their target and their Sponsors donated an impressive £5,840. Due to current restrictions, the money was paid directly to the charities. The money donated to NCIM was for their Access Fund and will allow 40 women on low incomes to take advantage of a series of three half price appointments. NCIM expressed their gratitude.
Congratulations to President Marion and Jen and together we celebrated the end of their fundraising walking challenges. To meet their targets Jen walked for six months and Marion a full year. To give perspective, Marion’s mileage (1,526 miles) was farther than walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats – and back again (1,206 miles as the crow flies)! Jen’s mileage was over 700 miles. The money which is still coming in will be divided between our two club charities both of which we have supported over the last two years: The National Centre for Integrative Medicine and Lifeskills-Learning for Living. The afternoon was a substitute for our “Centenary Celebration Friendship Weekend” which we had to cancel due to the covid restrictions. It was a beautiful sunny day and keeping to the rule of six we walked around Bristol’s Durdham downs, which is one of our regular
This year it was in aid of our two year Club charities Lifeskills – Learning for Living and The National Centre for Integrative Medicine. It is a very busy day with many members of SI Bristol and David S one of our Soroptimisters there to help and support. We are very grateful to the Bridge Club both in providing the venue free of charge and also from the many members who join us for this charity event. Mick Brown acted as Director for the day ensuring we had a professional day of Bridge for everyone to enjoy. It was a lively occasion and we provided prizes for the winners. Our delicious 2 course lunch was provided by Maureen and Pauline C. Lovely cakes were made by Soroptimists and sold under the direction of Gish and a raffle managed by Susan G meant that at the
On Sunday 23rd February, members from SI Bristol joined SI Weston-super-Mare for their Friendship Lunch at the delightful Batch Country Hotel. We welcomed and were addressed by SIGBI President Elect Johanna Raffan and South West and Channel Islands President Margaret Parkinson. There were also members from other clubs in the region there in addition to Soroptimisters. We were made to feel very welcome and there was plenty of time to relax and exchange ideas. Shown in the photograph are SI Bristol members, Lizzie and Sue P
Dr Elizabeth Thompson, CEO of NCIM, told us about the work of the Centre and how it focuses on inspiring health and wellbeing. NCIM has a new approach to healthcare that gives people control of their own health and wellbeing and makes the most of conventional, lifestyle and holistic approaches. As it is one of our two charities we were delighted to hear about the work which will help us inform people when fundraising over the next two years. SI Bristol would like to tell you a bit more about the logo Some people see the logo for NCIM as two hearts – one the right way up and one up-side-down – while others see it as two plasters.
President Denise organised a lovely Garden Party at her home on Saturday 29 June in aid of Lifeskills – Learning for Living and The National Centre for Integrative Medicine our two charities this year (see other posts for more information about our charities). There were several tents with stalls set out in Denise’s beautiful and colourful garden. They were very well supplied with books, paintings, jewellery, woodwork, other creative donations, greeting cards, plants and garden produce, cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee, a raffle and many other donations to raise funds for the charities. There were also several information leaflets about Soroptimist International, the Bristol Club and our two charities. We had a beautiful sunny day, the hottest this year for the event. Many thanks to friends and Club members who supported us in many ways and a big thank you to President Denise and her
A group of our Bristol Soroptimists visited the Lifeskills charity centre based at the Create Centre, Bristol, on 3rd June. Lifeskills is one of our chosen charities for the year. The visit was organised by President Denise and the team at the centre gave us a very warm welcome. Members of S.I. Bristol are active in the local community both individually and collectively. Lifeskills aims to show pupils that they should be taking personal responsibility for their own safety. Children learn how to assess risk and cope with difficult situations by taking part in realistic, interactive activities distributed over 19 different rooms which include houses, a road, shop, dark alleyway, a river and a railway line. Visitors can actually experience difficult or dangerous situations, learn from their mistakes in a safe environment and how to deal with them. Volunteer Guides take small groups of children
Lifeskills-Learning for Living Lifeskills-Learning for Living is a permanent regional safety education and training centre built as a realistic village and housed in the Create Centre close to Bristol City Centre. Andy Townsend , Manager of the Centre for the last 18 years, attended S.I. Bristol’s business meeting on 25th February 2019 to inform club members about Lifeskills which has been chosen as one of two Club charities for the next two years. The Centre relies on 100 trained volunteers to deliver its core programmes to year 6 children ( in small groups), special educational needs, adults with learning difficulties, older people and early years. The Centre relies heavily on fundraising and the support of local organisations and businesses. Andy outlined ways for S.I.Bristol to support Lifeskills by fundraising, volunteering ( or encouraging others to do so ), joining the board of directors, networking, providing