At the end of President Sue’s year in April 2020 the club decided which charities and organisations should benefit from the money raised during the year. Because of the pandemic we were unable to hold our usual presentation evening but we have made sure the various organisations have received their monies to help them with their invaluable work during these troubled times. The organizations/ charities benefiting to the tune of nearly £3000 are Rossendale Hospice, Bury Hospice, Shelterbox, Ramsbottom Cricket Club Junior Foundation, FortAlice ( Bury Women’s Aid), Greenmount Dementia Cafe, S.I.G.B.I.Project in Nepal, Little Voice and a very recent donation to buy material for making scrubs for the NHS.
We always have a collection at Christmas in lieu of sending each other Christmas cards. We raised £200 and decided to use this to buy much needed supplies to help a local charity Bury Homeless Project who do some sterling work in the area. President Sue and President Elect Ann went shopping and this is what we bought! Also pictured is Ann handing over the goods to Suzanne form Bury homeless Project. We also intend helping where we can with a new venture of converting a double decker bus into a shelter for the homeless.
On 20th August members had a private guided tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and the Pankhurst centre in Manchester. Then in typical Soroptimist style we all went to the Café in Whitworth Gallery for a delicious afternoon tea.
At our AGM on 30th April 2019 Susan Cuthbertson was installed as our President for 2019-20. Congratulations to Susan and we know we will have a very successful year under your leadership.
We held a quiz on March 15th at Ramsbottom Cricket Club to raise funds for Bury and Rossendale Hospices. Over 80 people attended and around £700 was raised. Our 2018 Young Achiever Award winner was presented with her trophy and winnings. She is Emma Greenwood, a pupil at Woodhey High School in Ramsbottom. She is pictured here with President Jean on the night.
We have recently formed a partnership with Lisa from the Red Box Project placing free sanitary items into schools. We have not only been collecting items for the boxes but also helping contact schools who may be interested in having a box as well as delivering them too!
In October we hosted our annual party at Ramsbottom Cricket Club for over 50 local senior citizens. As well as afternoon tea and entertainment our guests had a 1940’s fun quiz. Everyone always enjoys this event and pictures here show our guests having a lovely time.
We are very pleased to announce that we have recently agreed to sponsor a team at our local football club. Ramsbottom United FC have formed a new team – Under 7s girls and their coach, Alan Keane, put out a request on Facebook looking for someone to sponsor them to enable them to purchase kit and training tops. We responded by offering to pay for all their requirements! We have our name blazoned across the front of the shirts as well as on the back of the training tops. The pictures shows the girls wearing the kit at a recent training session, Alan Keane. their coach and several members of our club. We even got an article in our local newspaper, the Bury Times. We have also donated an annual award for the most improved player and this year’s proud winner Lilli, is pictured with
In October our speaker was Claire Hopkins, Advanced neonatal nurse practitioner from Oldham General Hospital. She told us of the care given to premature babies and showed us the tiny clothes, nappies etc which they use on the unit. Some of our members, and relatives, have been knitting blankets for the Unit and members Margaret Cotton and Barbara Lord are pictured here with Claire with some of the blankets.