Soroptimists delight with their donation to women’s charity

The Croydon branch of Soroptimist International has presented a cheque for £1,800 to the Women’s Environmental Network.

Croydon’s Soroptimists at the charity cheque presentation last week. It is their group’s 90th anniversary this year

SI Croydon and District president Grace Onions handed over the cheque to co-directors Kate Metcalf and Julia Minnear and community officer Glenda Trew at the club’s meeting last week.

Thanking the club for its donation, Kate Metcalf said they were “bowled over” to receive the amount, which was more than they had expected.

“You don’t know how much this means to us at a time when it is a very difficult for charities to raise funds,” she said, promising to put the money towards the charity’s aim of empowering women to become agents of change in their families, networks and society, and to participate in an environmentally sustainable future.

Onions commented that the Soroptimists’ shared the ethos of the Women’s Environmental Network, particularly its work on improving the environment and highlighting the presence of toxins in make-up and other products used predominantly by women in large quantities.

“We are delighted to present this cheque as the Women’s Environmental Network does not receive any Government funding,” she said, adding that the Soroptimists had also had great fun raising the money.

During the same week, the Croydon and District Soroptimists had raised £200 at a cake morning to help pay for a day out for minors who look after other family members, organised by branch member Hazel Foulger.

Croydon’s Soroptimists celebrate their 90th anniversary this year, a milestone that will be marked with a series of celebratory events in September. During this historic year, its chosen local charity will be Croydon Churches Floating Shelters, which provides a bed and hot meal for homeless people in the borough.

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