Soroptimists have a history of community service, working with local charities and organisations. Several of our members are associated with these local groups and our club is happy to support them with fundraising and practical help.
Our club has been involved with the Shakespeare Hospice in some way ever since the idea of building a hospice in Stratford-upon-Avon was first mooted over 20 years ago. We have provided practical assistance in many of their fund raising activities such as participation in their annual moonlit walks and summer fetes, as well as organising our own events such as coffee mornings with plant sales at the Town Hall, lunches and garden parties. All raise money for the specialist services that the hospice provides.
Manning’ a drinks station at the annual Rotary Shakespeare Marathon is great fun, and much appreciated by the hundreds of runners who participate. By the time they reach us they still have seven miles to go and are glad to see our smiling crew. The event also earns us money for one of our charities – a happy combination.
Springfield Mind is a registered charity based in South Warwickshire affiliated to Mind helping people who are experiencing or recovering from long term and enduring mental health problems. Some club members help with their annual summer garden party and with providing refreshments following their lovely Christmas Carol Service held every year in the Guild Chapel in Stratford-upon-Avon.