Summer of fund-raising for the busy Soroptimists

Morpeth and District Soroptimists' stall at Sanderson Arcade.
Morpeth and District Soroptimists' stall at Sanderson Arcade.


On a sunny day in mid-July, Morpeth Soroptimists ran a stall in Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth, to raise the profile of Soroptimists, attract new members and to raise funds for Barnabas Safe and Sound.

Barnabas is a local charity which supports young people aged 16 to 25 in Morpeth and surrounding districts, helping them to acquire life skills and, if homeless, to find accommodation.

Our stall raised funds by a raffle and by selling ‘pre-loved’ jewellery.

Raffle prizes were generously donated by club members and local businesses Rutherfords, Davidsons, Morrisons, Urban Spa and Karen Ogle (Physiotherapist).

We had many visitors throughout the day, including a passing Soroptimist from Sunderland.

After the event, a number of positive comments were posted on Facebook from fellow Soroptimists.

We generated interest in who Soroptimists are and what we stand for, and are hopeful that we will recruit new members. We made ten raffle prize-winners very happy, as well as having an enjoyable and successful day.

Later in July, we held a Summer Supper with entertainment by Pete Cryer. At this event we had a mini raffle and raised more money for Barnabas from donations.

The total raised from both events was £225. Soroptimist Pam Turner presented a cheque to Rhona Dunn and Paul Crook, representing Barnabas, at the Soroptimist meeting on September 8.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Soroptimist International and the Morpeth club is welcome to come along to any of our meetings. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, at 7.45pm, at Morpeth Golf Club.

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