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Soroptimists – Marathon Success

Crosby’s Soroptimists completed their ‘marathon challenge’ in support of local charity Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA).

Soroptimist ready for bike rideTo celebrate the club’s 82nd anniversary, the Soroptimists undertook a variety of sporting (and other) activities. Everything was planned in compliance with the COVID-19 restrictions.

To spur on their efforts, they invited friends and families to pledge a donation to SWACA. The total so far raised is over £2,000 – and still rising.

So members hula-hooped, cycled, walked, lifted weights and exercised to music. There was Jill’s harp-athon and Jane’s bake-athon. Absence was no problem for Pam, in Spain, as she completed her “3-peaks challenge” – three hilly streets.

President Chris was so carried away with her hula-hooping that she kept going for more than her intended 26 minutes. Fundraising co-ordinator Chris managed a half marathon on her bike and Terry (Programme Action Officer) walked 32.5 miles over a week.

‘Friends’ joined in! Panda rode pillion on Ann’s bike and Bournville went with Jenny round-and-round the garden. It was fun for all who took part.

Neil Frackelton, Chief Executive of SWACA, said: “Crosby Soroptimists, one of SWACA’s long-standing supporters, have once again come together creatively and selflessly, to fundraise for SWACA.

“We are delighted with such a generous act. We are very appreciative of the interest and financial support at a time when there is significant evidence across the UK that domestic abuse affecting women and children is rising as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Thank you to all the Crosby Soroptimist members for your amazing support for SWACA through the marathon, and over many years.”