2015 – 2016
Members of SI Tamworth had a stall in their local shopping area to raise awareness of Breast Cancer.
We made a wonderful £300 pounds and handed out 100 leaflets on breast care.
On Friday 4th December, an extremely cold and windy day, a band of stalwart members took up the Forgotten 10 Challenge and gathered outside St. Editha’s Church in Tamworth. This was to highlight the work of Handicap International and to obtain signatures on the Petition to stop explosive weapons, and completed a week in which a coffee morning and cheese and wine evening were held to raise funds.
On the Friday a pyramid of shoes was built outside the church and the church bells rang out for 15 minutes to mark the occasion, with members obtaining signatures from the public who were extremely interested in the campaign. The shoes were subsequently sent to a local Baptist Church at Polesworth (together with clothing collected by the Club) for onward transmission to Syrian Refugees. We were also delighted to be joined by John McGreachy from that organisation.
The Club was able to provide £200 to Handicap International and delighted to be featured in their December newsletter (please click here for the article) as one of the many Soroptimist Clubs who had supported them during the designated week.
At our Business Meeting on March 10th we launched the Meru Women’s Garden project as a celebration of International Women’s Day.
Club had a ‘Bring and Buy’ garden stall with members bringing and buying seeds, bulbs, pots, gardening gloves, gardening tools, books about gardening and even cards with a flower/garden design.
Members had a very enjoyable day knitting Sensory Sleeves for dementia patients at the town’s George Bryan wing of The Robert Peel Hospital.
The sleeves are knitted bands (a bit like a hand muff) which are adorned with trimmings such as beads, buttons and ribbons.
The sensory sleeves are used to help patients and have proven to be useful to people living with Dementia because the sleeve helps people find comfort and reassures them to feel safe and relaxed.
Members of SI Tamworth had a stall in St Editha’s Church porch to draw awareness to the trafficking of young women and girls and to gather signatures for the Purple Tear Drop campaign.
In the background is our Christmas Tree entry for the annual church display which this year was decorated with purple tear drops, in order to spread the message about human trafficking and to promote the Purple Teardrop Campaign.