Club News



January 2018

A big thank you to Mark at Modesco in Farncombe who is helping us by collecting toiletries for our Hospital Packs at his model shop based at 43 Farncombe Street, Farncombe.  Please help us with our work in this way and help us show our appreciation by visiting Mark.

December 2017

As part of our ongoing work with the local Womens’ Refuge we were pleased to donate several welcome packs of toiletries to the Refuge for those who might arrive without such items.  This is a continuation of the various work we have undertaken which includes furnishing a flat for a woman and child who had left the Refuge; fundraising to supply school uniforms for the children in the Refuge and supplying various household items to the Houses.

December 2017

In lieu of giving each other Christmas cards, members voted to donate the cost of the cards to the SI President’s appeal.  In this way £75 was donated to the appeal entitled “Women water and leadership”.   The first project to be supported is ‘Improving access to agricultural information, clean energy and water to achieve better food security for 500 women farmers in Kenya, Africa’. This will educate and train five hundred women farmers to manage their farms effectively and ensure food security, particularly as the water supply in their areas is scarce.

Through training, the women will be exposed to better and modern farming structures, helping them move on from subsistence farming – growing crops and raising livestock sufficient only for one’s own use – to commercial farming.  They will be supported throughout the transition.


November 2017

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We held our second bookstall of 2017 at the Royal Surrey County Hospital and raised approximately £100.  We can be found near the Pharmacy and this year, we will be supporting the dedicated Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit which seeks to create a dedicated area for those who are experiencing problems and perhaps loss in their pregnancy.  The target is £600K and we hope we will help towards achieving that target.  So far, we have made over £200 on our bookstalls for this project and the next one is due in January 2018.

We were also delighted to receive a Certificate from the Royal Surrey Hospital thanking us for our work over the last 3 years or so and for raising over £1300 for the various projects.






October 2017 – emergency packs for the Royal Surrey Hospital

Hospital pack  Guildford Club was delighted to receive the following thank you recently for its work at the Hospital:

I was so touched by the wonderful care package I was given during very early hours of this morning on the Hascombe Children’s Ward at The Royal Surrey County Hospital.  Thank you so much.  It had everything I and my teenage son needed; so kind, thoughtful and helpful at a time of need.

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Other comments include: Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for the toiletries you provided to Royal Surrey Hospital children’s ward. I brought my 6 yr old son to A&E this morning with vomiting bug, and ended up staying all day and overnight as he had to have IV fluids. The hospital shop seems to have disappeared, so we were stuck for overnight toiletry essentials as I couldn’t leave him alone to go out and buy some. It’s a small thing but a big thing… many many thanks!

The Club supplies packs of toiletries for use by parents accompanying their children to the emergency ward. Concerned about their children, these parents arrive at the Hospital without any provision for themselves but the Club provides emergency packs including flannels, shower gel, toothpaste and toothbrushes (razors and shaving foam if required). This work is organised by our founder member Pat and member Valerie.  All members, however, contribute to the contents.  Over 1,000 packs have been delivered over the years, most recently in September 2017. A typical pack is shown above.





Saturday 3 June 2017  SI Surrey Hills had a stall at the Godalming Town Show & Carnival.  Not only did we publicise Soroptimism in general but we also supported some of our own projects.  We sold books in aid of the Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (Royal Surrey County Hospital) and collected 5 p coins in aid of our work at a childrens’ orphanage in South Africa.

Thanks to an appeal on our Facebook page, we were delighted by the number of donations of mini toiletries for the bags used by the emergency childrens’ ward at the Royal Surrey County Hospital (see below).

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Friday 5 May 2017 was the first time SI Surrey Hills had held an informal meeting for those interested in learning more about Soroptimism and SI Surrey Hills in particular.   Members Ruth and Alison were delighted to meet up with 4 prospective members (hailing from Bramley, Guildford and Godalming) as well as a former member (from Haslemere).  We had a inspiring time sharing ideas over a glass of wine/soft drink and hope to repeat the event in June.


Tuesday 14 March 2017

Elizabeth Lucek judgeWe are delighted that SI Surrey Hills hosted the first STEM competition for local schools (KS3 Years 8 and 9) in conjunction with two other local Clubs.  The judging was held at the University of Surrey with the eminent panel of all women judges being chaired by Sandra Chinyere (Clinical Services Manager, Neurophysiology).  Parents and members of the public also had an opportunity to visit the stands and talk to the teams.





The awards to the winning team were sponsored by Hydrock Contracting Limited and QDS Remediation and were presented by the Mayor of Guildford, Councillor Gordon Jackson.  There were also prizes for all the teams sponsored by the Ambassadors Cinema in Woking and we were fortunate to receive an address from Anita Wu, tunnel engineer.  The winning team was from Thamesmead School for their filtration project.Girls Guildford County School 2



SI Surrey Hills would like to thank all the sponsors including Surrey University, the judges, student ambassadors and all those who entered.  This is the first time we have run such a competition, spearheaded by members Maria and Helen, but we hope it won’t be the last!

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Monday 6 March 2017

Members Alison and Ruth manned a stall at the Bramley Village       ShoIMG_20170306_195236250[1]wcase held in the Bramley Village Hall.  The Showcase gave residents an opportunity to  meet local clubs and societies.  Alison and Ruth were kept busy all evening explaining the work of Soroptimists all over the world and in particular, the work of SI Surrey Hills.  This is part of our Club drive to gain new members in order that we can expand our project work and to publicise the role of Soroptimists locally.