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Action Round-up

In recent Covid-19 months, Crosby Soroptimists have worked creatively to serve our local community, and beyond – and even to care for ourselves.

Walking Back to Happiness – This is a personal challenge for each club member throughout 2021. We are addressing our physical and mental wellbeing in these continuing difficult times. So while we exercise we’ll also savour the delights of our area – and snap the occasional photo.

Waterloo Primary School – A ‘chance encounter’ and a subsequent Zoom meeting with the headteacher revealed the school’s educational and social challenges during the pandemic. Members immediately resolved to fund a number of laptops to support children’ home learning.

Knit for Peace – Members are knitting and crocheting squares, sewing them together, and adding a neat border. It’s a team effort! The first three blankets are now completed.

South Sefton Foodbank – One member has been able to continue as a volunteer during the pandemic. Members are therefore able to pass food donations via her. A special Christmas effort included toiletries and household items for the clients.

Age Concern – Five members are now phone ‘buddies’ for lonely clients of the charity. Members packed 70 seasonal hampers with Age Concern’s goodies and included a gift card on behalf of Crosby’s Soroptimists.

Whitechapel Centre, Liverpool – We donated toiletries for the homeless people; also proceeds of our Christmas raffle.

Christmas tree festival – We took part in St Faith’s Church’s imaginative online festival. We publicised our work – and garnered a share of online donations from the event.

Mary’s Meals – On World Porridge Day, a ‘Zoom’ breakfast gathering included a fun quiz about the charity to raise awareness. Members also filled 20 backpacks with educational items and donated a further box-load of supplies.

Personal protection – In early Covid-time, when PPE was in short supply, some members sewed scrubs and face masks. We donated many masks to Sefton Woman & Children’s Aid and Age Concern for their clients.

St Joseph’s Hospice – As a gesture of thanks to the clinical care team, Soroptimists sewed 65 little bags. Into these they put hand cream, chocolates and other goodies – plus a Soroptimist gift card. Two members delivered the bags. The hospice staff were delighted.

Crosby Hall Educational Trust – One member held a booksale in her porch, with an honesty box for donations. We have amalgamated our current bursary funding into one sum to aid CHET at this difficult time.

Used stamps – Members are saving used stamps for eye-research good causes.