Happy Birthday to three of our lovely members who have had special birthdays this year! The club thought that celebrating these birthdays was a good enough reason for a party but when consulted the birthday girls had other ideas! In true Soroptimist spirit, they jointly offered to run fundraising events as their way of celebrating. The first event raised approximately £300 for Macmillan with donations instead of birthday gifts, the second a ‘fun’ quiz night and raffle raised just over £600 for a cancer ward at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. A huge thank you to Edwina, Ann and Noreen for their hard work and enthusiasm – both causes will benefit from generous donations made possible by those who had such a good time celebrating their special birthdays. No Birthday is complete without a cake – HAPPY BIRTHDAY Edwina Ann and Noreen
71st Annual Charter Lunch On Saturday 16th March, President Anne welcomed members, family, friends and guests to the 71st Annual Charter Lunch. We were joined by Region President Pam, Guest speaker Tony Paxton Sqdn.Ldr.Ret, his wife Helena, and Presidents and members from around the Region, also with us were members of SI Widnes (South Lancs Region). In her toast to Soroptimist International, Region President Pam paid tribute to all the amazing women in our club who went before us, she gave generous praise to the project work we do now and then highlighted the contribution Soroptimists make at the UN centres around the world. Guest speaker Tony Paxton gave an interesting and amusing account of his career as fast jet pilot in the RAF and then as a commercial pilot. He assured us that women were well represented in the profession and that here is
Thank you to all who supported the Quiz Night. Runcorn Golf Club was ‘buzzing’ recently as Runcorn and Frodsham Soroptimist held their annual ever popular Quiz Night. President Anne welcomed fourteen teams who had great fun as they took part in what turned out to be a closely run race for first place. Thanks to the generosity of members who donated raffle prizes and those who bought the tickets, the final total raised during the evening was approximately £700 which will go towards funding our projects and the charities the club supports.
Runcorn and Frodsham Soroptimists have been working with Umbrella Runcorn a local group who are delivering support to Syrian refugee families living in the borough of Halton. The first thing the club did was to provide funding for the women to attend ‘Fit to Dance’ sessions in a culturally safe environment for them. The club has also helped organise informal craft sessions where the women have been given the opportunity to learn a new skill as well as engage in English conversation in an informal setting. The women asked to learn how to knit and crochet and were very quick to learn. They soon produced this colourful blanket made from their first attempts at their new-found skills. They have decided to donate the blanket to the local Nightstop centre. The Refugee families are dispersed widely across the Borough, so this craft/ activity group has