We heard all about the charity Mercy Ships on Saturday at our regional meeting in Taunton. What a fascinating charity it is and it gives so much hope to many people in West Africa in particular. The operations that these amazing volunteers perform are life changing and benefit so many lives.
Club members filled up shoe boxes with goodies for different gender and age groups for the FSCI charity which is part of the Trussell Trust charity based in Salisbury. Bon voyage!
Liz presented the 3rd Toilet Twinning Certificate to The Embroidery Guild at Saltford Hall today. This was in memory of Miss Beryl Morgan. This completes the 3 presentations, the other two being St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Corsham where Beryl wotshipped and Hall and Woodhouse restaurant in Bath where we hold our monthly meetings. Please look out for them in their toilettes!
Our 85th Federation conference took place in October, and as usual there were great speakers such as Baroness Susan Greenfield who gave us an insight into neuroscience.
The main theme was about mental health “Think on it”, which was our Federation President’s theme for the past year.
Programme Action is still at the forefront of our work and many clubs won Best Practice awards for their wonderful projects which inspired us all.
Tamsin who attends Abbeyfield School in Chippenham raised money to take her on a volunteering trip to Cambodia to help with several projects in remote villages as well as taking on some strenuous treks there. Her adventure lasted a month and she wrote up a journal of her thoughts and experiences with accompanying photos whilst she was there . Her presentation was very informative and we were happy that we sponsored her for such a worthwhile cause. However, we were not too impressed with the amount of tarantulas that she encountered on her travels!
We enjoyed listening to local charity ‘Voices’ at our supper meeting and heard what valuable support they give to victims of domestic violence. They have been around for only a few years but have made a huge impact on women’s lives and helped them through difficult times.
A few of us were given a conducted tour of the Breast Unit at the RUH and we learnt about the forthcoming plans to improve the unit by expanding it and renovating the existing unit giving it a more efficient and friendly feel.
The future is looking bright especially for breast cancer sufferers and we are glad that we’ve been able to fundraise for the Forever Friends appeal. £600,000 needs to be raised by the public to help fund the appeal. £250,000 to go!