The St Albans & District Soroptimists raised a fabulous £2930 for the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge in the club year 2011/12. The Refuge has used the money to help fund educational programmes for both staff and victims of domestic abuse. This is the third year that the club has supported the Women’s Refuge as the club’s annual charity and the club has decided to support the Refuge again in 2012/13. Soroptimist Club President Judy said “funding is being cut from vital community services like the Women’s Refuge, so it is vital that we support them, particularly in this tough financial climate”. Liz, the manager of the Refuge said to the Soroptimist Club members “This money makes a big difference to us and it’s fantastic that you have decided to support us for another year.” As well as fundraising, the club has provided tea, coffee and sugar for the Refuge, household items to help women leaving the Refuge get started in a new home and Christmas gifts. Staff and supporters of the Refuge also joined in with some of the fundraising activities including a book stall on St Albans market, a quiz night and carol singing at St Albans station.
Pictured here are some of the members of the Club – in the centre with the cheque are Soroptimist President Judy Faraday with Liz Perry and Sara Jackson Managers of the St Albans and Hertsmere Women’s Refuge. You may also spot a large bag of tea bags ready to be taken to the Refuge!