National Trust celebrates an inspirational Soroptimist: Rose Simbo

As part of this year’s celebration to mark the centenary of women first achieving the vote in Britain, The National Trust is not only commemorating the lives of powerful historical women. It is also telling the story of inspirational women working in the community today.

SI Thames Valley nominated our member Rose Simbo for her work setting up the Kori Charity in Sierra Leone, to which many Soroptimists throughout the country have sent contributions of donations of all kinds.

At a special meeting in February 2018 in the Orangerie at the National Trust’s Cliveden in Taplow, Berkshire the nominees were invited to speak about their achievements. These nominees were very varied; from founders of new charities, of mental health groups, from marathon runners to one woman who had rowed around England for charity. Each gave a short speech on her work.

Members of SI Thames Valley, who were there to support Rose, were delighted to have a special publicity spot in Rose’s speech as she highlighted how Soroptimists rally round to support her whenever they can. The meeting ended with a torchlight walk through the grounds to see an exhibition which will is now to the general public featuring all the nominees involved  until July 13, 2018. It was indeed an inspirational evening.