Soroptimists’ fund-raising cinema

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Morpeth and District Soroptimists

On the evening of Wednesday, July 6, the cinema came to Morpeth Methodist Church Hall.

An audience of almost 100 enjoyed a charity showing of the film Sunshine on Leith.

This evening was organised by Morpeth and District Soroptimists to raise funds for the charity 500 miles.

The evening commenced with a short video explaining the work of 500 miles. During a brief interval, popcorn and choc-ices were devoured. After this the main feature film was shown.

This film was chosen because it features the Proclaimers’ song I’m Gonna Be (500miles).

Much to the satisfaction of the organisers of the evening, £600 was raised, which will be presented to the charity at the Soroptimists’ Northern Region meeting in September.

500 miles is a Scottish charity set up by Olivia Giles.

Olivia was a solicitor in the prime of her life when she was struck down by meningitis and awoke from a coma to find both her hands and feet had been amputated.

She now feels that having two prosthetic legs fitted, she has been given a second chance to enjoy her life.

The charity’s name comes from the Proclaimers’ famous lyrics, ‘I would walk 500 miles’, because its main aim is to get disabled people in Africa up and walking.

“When people are born with deformities, or lose their limbs or the use of them, they generally also lose their livelihoods, home or families. Being able to walk again gives these people a second chance.

The charity supports disabled people in Malawi, Zambia and Zanzibar. 500 miles plays a vital role in delivering and developing prosthetic and orthotic devices in some of the world’s poorest areas.

Anyone interested in finding out more can go to or contact Olivia Giles at

To find out about Morpeth Soroptimists go to