Charities we support
SI Reigate and District Charities 2018-2019
As a club we are supporting the following charities during the current year. This is done in different ways. Some are supported through service, others by donations of items or fundraising.
- Look Good Feel Better
Our President’s 2018/19 charity is . This is an Epsom-based charity that has a national presence through running workshops in hospitals and cancer-care units across the country to support people suffering from the effects of chemotherapy. At a typical workshop session, participants learn about using make-up, moisturisers and wigs to create a “feel good” factor at a time when people are generally very low after losing hair including eyebrow and eyelashes. Perhaps most importantly, people have the opportunity of sharing experiences with fellow cancer patients. Up to now, most of the workshops have been for women but LGFB are launching workshops for men too. Many well-known cosmetic companies donate products free and qualified beauticians provide their services on a voluntary basis. SI Reigate and District plans to raise funds to support the costs of running the workshops (approximately £50 per person, £500 per workshop) through a variety of activities across the coming year.
A Reigate based charity that carries out projects for local people in need. This includes the Cup of Tea Club for elderly people and food banks.
Support for Loveworks is by food donations which members bring to club meetings each month. There are now three Loveworks food banks and SI Reigate members volunteer in all three. In conjunction with Loveworks, FB3 was set up in May 2015 and all volunteers are from SI Reigate as a part of club Programme Action.
- SERV Surrey and South London Blood Runners
A group of dedicated motorbike riders and vehicle drivers providing a vital service of delivering blood products, platelets, medical samples, breast milk and patient data needed for urgent care by the NHS out-of-hours. 5000 such deliveries were made last year in all weathers. Approximately 140 volunteers provide this service to the Surrey and South London area, most as motorbike riders (including our own Soroptimist member, Louisa) and others as controllers who field the calls and assign the jobs.
- Tools for Self Reliance
Tools for Self Reliance is a charitable organisation that helps to relieve poverty in Africa by supporting small businesses and raising awareness in the UK. They fund business skills and other training projects in six countries in Africa. Each year they put tens of thousands of refurbished tools and sewing machines into the hands of people who really need them.
Vistarus is another example of an organisation which has the objective of providing training and tools, in this instance to enable previously homeless people in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, become employed and live independent lives.