International Women’s Day 2017

London Anglia Region Programme Action Award


The club was very pleased to win the London Anglia Regional Programme Action Award this year for their Pop Up Shop event held on 4th March in King’s Lynn town centre to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March. The theme was, ‘ Be Bold for Change.’

Gill Bond, Programme Action Officer, received the prize money of £25 on behalf of the club for the presentation at the SI Regional Meeting held on 25th September at Colchester.

A very big thank you went to everyone who helped including Abbie Panks and her team at the King’s Lynn Vancouver Centre, King’s Lynn Tourist Information Office, all the local radio stations and newspapers for their publicity before, during and after the event and of course finally to members of the public who kindly donated items on the day and after the event.

From the day the club collected an amazing:-

  • 70 Kilos of bras for the Purple Teardrop Campaign, 910 bras, which means 9 women will be free from trafficking and able to start up businesses of their own.
  • 5 Kilos of jewellery were collected for the Diamond Education Grant which helps funds vocational course for women.
  • I large bag of toiletries for a local women’s refuge.

In addition:-

  • 200 ‘Loves me, Loves me not bookmarks, promoting positive and healthy relationships were handed out.’
  • I bag of recycling items  were collected for The Norfolk Hospice.
  • Leaflets were also handed out for The Pandora Project to raise awareness on the work supporting victims of domestic violence.


Soroptimist International King’s Lynn, Support International Women’s Day – ‘Be Bold for Change,’ on Saturday 4th March in King’s Lynn

IWD Collection point

Thank you to everyone who continued to support us by taking bras and jewellery to Kings Lynn Tourist Centre, throughout March. It was a great response and we collected 4 more bags of bras.

In response to many requests from those who were not able to donate on the day, we have arranged a bra and jewellery collection point at the Kings Lynn Tourist Information Centre, The Custom House, Purfleet Quay, King’s Lynn PE30 1HP.

Cups overflowing!

It was bras everywhere on Saturday 4 March 2017 when the Soroptimist members of King’s Lynn held their pop-up shop appeal for International Women’s Day.Bras in window

It was wonderful day in King’s Lynn town centre with thanks to Abbie Panks, Lynn Vancouver Town Centre Manager who arranged the shop for the day. The shop was visited by the Mayor and Lady Mayoress Councillor David Whitby and his wife Linda Whitby during the morning.  Lots of people stopped to chat and commented on the shop window. Many people came in to drop off bras and jewellery and to learn about what Soroptimist clubs do. Some people went home to collect their bras and some people literally went and bought bras to give as they felt so strongly about the issue. By the end of the day 5 bin bags full of bras had been collected and also had decorated the whole front of the store.

The generous donations of new and used bras will be sent to the Purple Teardrop campaign where they will be used to support women who have been victims of trafficking in Africa – these donations help the women to start their own small businesses and make them less vulnerable to being re-trafficked.

Mayor with groupWe also collected donations of unwanted jewellery for the Diamond Education Grant which helps to provide grants for women wishing to further their education and improve their employment prospects.

The Soroptimist members of King’s Lynn wish to thank the Vancouver Quarter, the Mayor and Mayoress Councillor David Whitby and his wife Linda Whitby, and everyone who helped to make this such a successful event. International Women’s Day is on 8th March each year.

In response to many requests from those who were not able to donate on the day, we have arranged a bra and jewellery collection point at the Kings Lynn Tourist Information Centre.


Flyer for event –IWD-2017-Flyer(1)

Following on the from the success of our bra collection last year for the Purple Teardrop Campaign, Soroptimist International of King’s Lynn has decided to take the challenge to celebrate International Women’s Day in March 2017. Following the theme, ‘BeShop ready Bold for Change’, on Saturday 4th March we will boldly host a bra collection in a store in New Conduit Street in the King’s Lynn Vancouver Quarter.

So, bring in to us any unwanted and unloved bras and we will support the Purple Teardrop Campaign again who will package them and send them overseas for women escaping trafficking who want to set up their own businesses selling bras. By selling your pre-loved bras, these women have a sustainable business which minimises their risk of being re-trafficked.

We will also be collecting old jewellery, watches and coins for the Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland Diamond Education Trust who will recycle the jewellery and turn it into cash to provide educational grants for young women and girls. So bring in any unwanted gems and we will turn them into treasure.scan0041

We will also be supporting the local Pandora Project by handing out leaflets and our very own, ‘Loves me, loves me not’ bookmarks. Soroptimist International will be raising awareness of Pandora Project during their bold day in King’s Lynn.

Pandora Project supports local women and children affected by domestic abuse, current or historic, living in West Norfolk and Swaffham. They run the Freedom Programme which helps women to understand more about the abuse they have suffered and more importantly, it helps them to understand it wasn’t their fault. They work with children aged 6-18 and can offer safety plans, awareness raising and an understanding of what a healthy relationship should look like. They are passionate about raising awareness of domestic abuse and making it less acceptable in our community.

Our store in New Conduit Street will be open from 10m to 4pm. Why not pop in for a chat, drop off some bras and old jewellery and find out about what we do by asking one of our members what being a Soroptomist means for them.