MORPETH AND DISTRICT SOROPTIMISTS
Soroptimist clubs across Northern England have joined together to walk Wainwright’s Coast to Coast path to publicise the United Nations Secretary General’s campaign, Unite to End Violence Against Women.
Soroptimist International is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) and has Class Two status with the United Nations for its work with women and children around the world. Each club in the region was allocated a section of the 192-mile route and requested to wear orange — the colour adopted by this international campaign.
Morpeth Soroptimists Joan McKenzie and Anne Finlay walked from Sunbiggin Tarn to Kirkby Stephen, a distance of 9.5 miles over the fells. Pam Turner was the valued support driver. It was a calm day with bright sunshine, wonderful scenery and good refreshments at the end of the walk — a lovely day.
The walkers were sponsored and money was given to Barnardos for its work with sexually exploited children in the streets and other projects close to individual clubs.
Morpeth Soroptimists who could not walk on the day organised an alternative walk on the coast nearer to home. This took place on Friday. There were options of 4.4 miles or 6.5 miles.