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Soroptimists’ Summertime Service

Summertime – and once again it’s time for local organisations to call on help from Crosby’s Soroptimists.

The annual Open Garden day at Crosby Hall attracted, as usual, large crowds. This is a major fundraising event for Crosby Hall Educational Trust (CHET) – a local institution that the Soroptimists have supported since its foundation.

Visitors are always ready for refreshments so members of SI Crosby staffed the pop-up café throughout the day. The CHET team know the work is in safe hands. Thankfully, dealing with the cows was not part of the job!

Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA) is a longstanding focus of the Soroptimists’ practical service. To support the charity’s fundraising efforts, members helped prepare and serve the annual Strawberry Tea.

Showers and sunshine greeted visitors to the summer Garden Party at St Joseph’s Hospice, Thornton. Once again, Soroptimists were on hand in the refreshment marquee for the day.

A traditional feature of the party is the parade of teddy bears (and other cuddly toys). The Soroptimist President is always asked to be on the judging panel. President Sharon Ryan therefore joined David Bricknell (Chair of Trustees) and Mike Parr (Chief Executive) in the unenviable task of selecting the Best Dressed, the Most Unusual and the Oldest from the host of cuddlies being held aloft.

Yes, a busy summer of service for Crosby’s Soroptimists serving refreshments. But all that volunteering enables educational opportunities for youngsters; support for women and children through the impact of domestic abuse; and special, quality end-of-life care for patients. More tea anyone?