On 16th January 2019 Ruth hosted a fund-raising event for Unseen which was enjoyed by a number of us including Seroptimisters. We enjoyed a ploughman’s supper and good wine. We had lots of time to chat and talk about our adventures over the festive season. We then had a table of “unwanted” Christmas presents. We donated the presents we had received that were not suitable and walked away with delightful presents we had chosen. It was a lovely evening, thank you Ruth for hosting it. Photograph to follow
On 5th December 2018 Lucy hosted a fund-raising event for Unseen which was enjoyed by thirteen participants; nine of whom made a festive centrepiece. Some arrived with a degree of trepidation with regard to their perceived inability to being able to make a centrepiece. However, with an ample supply of a variety of foliage and decorations all were pleased with their creation. Other members supported the event and arrived in time for coffee and mince pies. They admired the centrepieces and congratulated Gish and Denise who had encouraged and led the event.
On Saturday 23nd June we were once again treated to a most enjoyable afternoon at Vyv’s lovely home and garden. We raised over £300 for our Club Charity of the year: Unseen. As always it was a very happy gathering of members, husbands, partners and friends and family and an opportunity to enjoy a summer Garden Party whilst raising funds for this year’s Club Charity.
In August we held a Cream Tea and Cake Sale event to raise Money for Unseen. It was a lovely sunny day and friends and Soroptimists had a relaxing time enjoying the afternoon hosted by Gish and Lucy and their Soroptimisters. There were lots of lovely cakes to purchase and I am delighted to say that the scones and cream reflected both Devon (cream and then jam) and Cornwall (jam and then cream) a very nice touch for those of us who have a preference! We raised over £130.00 for our Club Charity of the Year.
On February 24th we held our annual charity Bridge Day in aid of Unseen at The Bristol Bridge Club. It is a very busy day with nearly all of SI Bristol and Soroptimisters there to help and support. We have also had great support from the Bridge Club both in providing the venue free of charge and also from the many members who regularly join us for this charity event. As always 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. This year our delicious 2 course lunch was provided by a number of Soroptimists under the direction of Maureen, Denise and Pauline C. Lovely cakes were made by Soroptimists and sold under the direction of Gish and a raffle managed by
On Saturday 25th November, Soroptimists and Friends were entertained by the Harry Brown Singers with a selection of lively music. They had us all lustily joining in with Row the Boat Ashore and other songs with a nautical twist. The evening was enhanced by the ploughman’s supper in the interval and the drinks on offer at the bar. Many thanks to Denise and her team as well as all the other helpers. A representative of UNSEEN our club charity gave a short talk in the interval and a collection was taken.
At the end of 2016 police raided nail salons because of modern slavery, with more than 60 businesses facing fines. And so SI Bristol joined businesses and community groups across the country painting our nails neon yellow to raise awareness of slavery in nail salons and empower everyone to be able to recognise this hidden crime and report it.
On 24th August we all enjoyed a lovely morning at Lucy’s house to raise money for our annual charity Unseen. It was a very lively occasion attended by our members, friends and family. It was a joy to see the children helping and enjoying our company too. Cakes were also on sale and we raised over £300. A truly worthwhile way to spend a Thursday morning.
On Saturday 22nd July we were treated to a most enjoyable afternoon at Vyv’s lovely home. We were warmly greeted by Denise, Anne and manged the bar, Ruth had been helping all day with cooking the delicious sausages and Duncan, with his health and safety hat on, made sure that we were able to admire the beautiful garden without any mishaps. We raised £315 for Unseen. We had a stand with our Programme Action activities including highlighting SIGB’s Meru Women’s Garden Project. We raised awareness and sold produce from our gardens including jam and the amount collected will go towards our next year’s donation towards the project. It was a very happy gathering of members, husbands, partners and friends and family and an opportunity to enjoy a summer garden party whilst raising funds for this year’s club charity.
2017-19 Club Charity for the Year Unseen Modern slavery is real. Nearly 4,000 victims are identified as potential victims of modern slavery in the UK each year; it is widely expected that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Human trafficking is a hidden crime so it is important to know the signs and report anything suspicious in your community. To mark World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (Sunday 30th July) , anti-slavery charity Unseen has produced a new short film. It shows some of the ways people are trafficked in the UK and who to call for advice, support or to report a crime. To watch the full film and read more about its characters click here: http://www.unseenuk.org/modern-slavery-is-real Film link: https://youtu.be/NvzYyaU8WRc Unseen is a Bristol based charity that is working towards a world without slavery by supporting survivors and vulnerable people through