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Boutique for a day

S I Manchester took an unusual step towards saving the planet with an innovative Sip and Swap event, bringing Bond Street to the home of our social lead, Alison.
An opportunity arose when a club friend kindly donated several new top brand clothing items (complete with swing tickets) to use as we liked to support charity funds. A relatively new member, Alison Forster, who has accepted the Social and Event lead role, had the idea of organising a Sip and Swap day. Bring a “mistake” a purchase of ill fitting shoes,  an outfit worn once to a wedding, or no longer fits and rather than wasting this resource swap with another club member. Any remaining items at the end of the day could be returned to the donor or with agreement donated to one of our charities.
Alison’s conservatory was transformed into an amazing Soroptimist boutique on Saturday 2nd of April and an incredibly enjoyable event  resulted in not only raising £500 for charity funds but ensuring that many garments were recycled.
The afternoon included an Easter raffle, a Fashion Quiz, too many tempting cakes and goodies and of course in addition to tea and coffee a considerable amount of fizz was consumed. Some remaining items are likely to find their way to new owners via WomenMatta – one of the charities we support.
Thanks Alison for your tremendous effort and enthusiasm ensuring a successful and fun event.
Rosemary Steven