Women make a difference

A MORPETH women’s group is celebrating making a difference across the globe.

Soroptimist International has reached its £1million target to support Hope and Home for Children’s life-saving work with women and children in Sierra Leone.

The four-year fund-raising initiative was supported by Soroptimist groups worldwide, including branches in Morpeth and Hexham, which have organised events to collect cash for the cause.

Morpeth member and Project Sierra ambassador for the North, Patricia Gatherum said: “This is a wonderful example of women inspiring action and transforming lives and working together for a part of the world that is often forgotten.

“The Morpeth club, along with our sister club in Hexham, held an initial fund-raiser three years ago and has continued to support the project. Hitting the million pound mark is a great achievement.”

The project will provide healthcare, counselling, education, vocational training and access to childcare for some of the most deprived women and children in Sierra Leone.