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No Sleigh? No Problem!

December saw Crosby Soroptimists busy  with active assistance, festive fun … and Santa support.

Once again members volunteered at St Joseph’s Hospice, Thornton, for the ‘Light Up A Life’ service. Visitors always appreciate hot drinks and mince pies on a cold night, and Soroptimists were on hand to help out. It’s a busy evening, but a great opportunity to support the hospice.

In response to a plea from Thornton Parish Council, SI Crosby members helped Santa get to the Christmas lights ‘switch on’ in the village. His eco-friendly decorated bike ensured he was on time!

The Soroptimists were able to collect for local causes during the festivities, plus the parish council added a generous donation. Pedal-powered sustainable Santa was ‘hit’ with everyone.

Santa also needed the Soroptimists’ assistance when wild windy weather grounded Rudolph and the sleigh. This help meant he was still able to greet shoppers at Waitrose store, Formby – but in the (relative) comfort of the foyer.

Once again this was a fundraising opportunity, with the Soroptimists raising over £300 for local good causes from generous shoppers.

Fundraising continued in-house at the Soroptimists’ final meeting of the year. Many members stuffed the traditional giant Christmas card with ready money in lieu of giving individual cards. The club’s executive team had donated seasonal goodies for gift hampers. These were raffled on the night. Proceeds from both initiatives went to President Jill’s nominated charity, South Sefton Foodbank.

Entertainment at this social meeting featured the Formby U3A Ukulele Group. They played a lively selection of seasonal music. Quiz-time followed – nothing too taxing, and generally good-humoured.

President Jill thanked all members who had volunteered, fundraised and organised so much in the run-up to Christmas. And she passed on a special ‘thank you’ from Santa!