A defibrillator at Morecambe Library 24 hours a day, seven days a week! Last year Soroptimist International Morecambe and Heysham, together with staff at Morecambe Library, promised to raise money for a defibrillator to be based at Morecambe Library. The cost of the defibrillator, £1500, has been raised in a variety of ways. The Sale of second hand books, a ukulele concert, refreshments at a Christmas Fair and a Giant Coffee Morning have all played a part. The defibrillator will be housed at Morecambe Library to be available for all – the local community, holiday-makers and day-visitors alike.
This year the members of SI Morecambe and Heysham are working with the staff of Morecambe Library to raise funds to provide a defibrillator to be placed on the outside of Morecambe library for the use of the community in central Morecambe. The Library staff have raised funds during their Christmas Fair and at a concert given by the local ukelele band, alongside the sale of books throughout the year. Many thanks go to the Library staff for their support of the project and to the people of Morecambe who attended these events and contributed generously. One of our members, Carol, also raised a substantial amount for the fund by selling second hand books in her café in Morecambe – thank you to the customers who bought the books for this worthwhile cause. SI Morecambe and Heysham’s main fund raising event for the project was
Once again we held our main fundraising event at the Gaskell Hall in Silverdale in February 2015 and raised funds for the PIES (Partners in Education Swaziland) project which we are supporting during 2014 and 2015. We had books, cakes and bric-a-brac stalls as well as running a tombola and a raffle and were very grateful for the generous donations to all these – they certainly helped towards our total for the day. We would like to thank partners and friends who came along to help out on the day, the ladies who organised the clothes stall and the people of Silverdale who supported us so generously.
On a pleasant Saturday afternoon in late September members of SI Morecambe and Heysham once again joined members of the Marine Conservation Society, local residents, and friends in the beach clean and survey of our “adopted” beach at Half Moon Bay, Heysham. All the litter collected within a specified area of 300 metres was recorded on Marine Conservation Society lists then weighed and the results reported to the MCS. We found the beach to be relatively clean but the largest amount of rubbish was of small pieces of plastic and small food wrappers. Plastic in the sea is a major environmental problem. The photograph below shows only some of the 18.5kg of litter collected in six bags but we had a satisfying time improving the beach and enjoyed a welcome drink at the café afterwards.
Friday, 6 June 2014 was a beautiful day, the evening of Saturday, 7 June 2014 was a lovely sunny evening but in the late morning and for most of the afternoon of Saturday, 7 June 2014, it rained. Despite the weather BareFest took place in Bare village, Morecambe, on 7 June and SI Morecambe and Heysham had a stall at this annual festival. By displaying leaflets, literature and copies of the SI Magazine we aimed to raise awareness of Soroptimist International, of our Club and of aspects of women’s health – ovarian cancer, endometriosis and violence against women. Members took part by staffing the stall in shifts and enjoyed seeing friends and meeting people at this popular event.
At the 75th Charter Lunch President Therese was pleased to present a cheque to Lhakpa Sherpa, co-founder of the Khiraule Education and Health Project. In thanking the members Lhakpa spoke about the Project and informed us that the money raised by the Club will go towards supplying items for the health clinic in the village of Khiraule in Nepal. In their letter of thanks Lhakpa and his wife Pat wrote “As you will appreciate, the money will go a very long way in Nepal and will be of tremendous help to the children and people of Khiraule towards their health needs.” More information on the Khiraule Education and Health Project can be found on their website www.khiraule.org.uk .
2014 (the 75th Anniversary of our Charter) coincides with the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Six members of SI Morecambe & Heysham met before the Club’s AGM to scatter poppy seeds in remembrance of the sacrifice made by a generation of young men. In January and February 2015 the wreaths from the cenotaph were re-laid in the poppy bed in Happy Mount Park, Morecambe, set among plants laid out to delineate “1914 WW1 2014”.
Once again we held our main fund-raising event at the Gaskell Hall, Silverdale, in February. The money raised at the coffee morning will be donated to the Khiraule Education and Health project in Khiraule village in Nepal. This is President Therese’s charity for the year and is supported by the whole club. Pat Steele, who co-founded the charity with her husband gave a presentation about the project at our Friendship Evening in January and came to help out at Gaskell Hall. Happily, the coffee morning was very busy with a raffle, cake stall, book stall, tombola, clothes stall and bric-a-brac for sale. Many thanks to the people of and visitors to Silverdale who generously supported the event. After a busy morning the members retired to a local hostelry to enjoy a relaxing lunch.
In September 2013 members of SI Morecambe and Heysham and family members joined volunteers from the Marine Conservation Society for another successful beach clean and survey at Half Moon Bay, Heysham. The weather was fine and although we collected a wide variety of rubbish which was weighed and the survey recordings passed to the Marine Conservation Society for further analysis, our overall impression was that there was not as much litter in our survey area as in previous years. In the hope that this is the start of a trend towards cleaner beaches we will continue to support the Marine Conservation Society in this worthwhile work.
At the Charter Lunch in May 2013 Immediate Past President, Marjorie Whitehead, presented a cheque to our guest speaker Charley Wilkinson of the Women’s Centre in Lancaster. The money had been raised during Marjorie’s year in office and it is intended to be used to provide toys for use in the Centre’s garden area. The aim of the Women’s Centre is to work with women who are vulnerable to offending, to tackle social exclusion, improve community safety and promote the well-being of the women. The development of this and other centres throughout the country follows publication of the Corston Report in May 2007. The centres aim to provide a different, holistic approach to working with vulnerable women and to reduce the number of women in prison. The centres provide a drop-in “one stop shop” service for women, co-ordinating a broad range of on-site services and interventions appropriate to