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A busy time for Club elves!

SI Lichfield & District’s very own club elves have been very busy for the last few weeks!

It’s been a busy time for Club elves lately! As part of our celebrations of the Centenary Anniversary of SIGBI, we’ve been doing lots of “good things involving 100.” These include:

  • making 100 jumpers for children in Africa
  • collectively losing (more than) 100 lbs in weight – largely gained over lockdown
  • making 100 dresses for girls in Africa
  • cycling 100 miles on the exercise bike
  • creating 100 homes for nature in our gardens and local green spaces
  • gathering 100 inspirational quotes from great women
  • planting 100+ trees and bulbs for the Centenary Tree appeal
  • donating 100+ items to Lichfield Food Bank
  • making 100 Days for Girls Packs (reusable sanpro)
  • walking 100 miles (between us)
Club elves have been busy!
L-R: Elves Mary, Pauline, Angela, Kerry & Hazel with some of the fruits of their labour!

and last but not least, putting together and gifting “pamper bags” for women using the services of our local refuges and modern slavery support providers in Lichfield and Staffordshire/The Black Country more widely.  We collected more than 600 items over a period of 8 weeks then met to make them into quality gifts.

Club members donated goods and money to enable our Domestic Abuse sub group to make up pretty, seasonal gifts, all carrying a message from us to show that the recipients are “not alone,” and that women they don’t even know are holding them in their thoughts – always – and not just at Christmas time.

Katie Newell (L) of BCWA with Pauline & Angela in the garden centre car park!

The gifts have been very well received. Katie Newell (pictured right with Pauline and Angela – Kerry’s behind the lens) of Black Country Women’s Aid commented: “Thank you so much ladies! It was a pleasure to meet you all & your gifts were so lovely. I can confirm most are on their way to the ladies in Modern Day Slavery support who will be overwhelmed with the contents of the bags.” In addition to the gifts we also donated supplies of larger items such as shampoo and bubble bath for BCWA to keep in stock. We also handed over a donation of new, sealed make-up items which will be well-received by the many teenage girls BCWA are supporting right now.