Soroptimists have winter wrapped up

Photograph from left to right: Robbie Walker, Age Uk development coordinator.''S.I. Blackpool and District, President Julie Patel. S.I. Secretary Su Gordon with''Marjorie Stainton Volunteer from Age UK."
Photograph from left to right: Robbie Walker, Age Uk development coordinator.''S.I. Blackpool and District, President Julie Patel. S.I. Secretary Su Gordon with''Marjorie Stainton Volunteer from Age UK."
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Winter’s coming and Blackpool and District Soroptimists have been busy knitting miniature hats for the Big Knit.

Julie Patel, club president, said: “As a group we support lots of different causes on all levels but the Big Knit campaign allows us to be creative and have fun, whilst offering support to a part of the community that will affect us all.”

The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and Innocent drinks to help vulnerable older people.

People knit the hats, Innocent drinks wear them and a donation from every drink sold goes to Age UK.

Each one of the donations will support Age UK to help older people during the cold winter months.

Marjorie Stainton, a volunteer at Age UK, said: “I have been involved with the Big Knit since 2003.

“Firstly with Age Concern in Preston and now with Age UK Blackpool and District.

“I belong to a knitting group which enjoys knitting for charity so this time of the year it is all about the Big Knit.

“As an older person myself I can appreciate just how important it is to keep the cold at bay and how much it costs to do that. 

“We need to raise as much money as we can so that help is available, where needed, to ensure that no older person is at risk from the cold this winter.”

The Soroptimist group helps various campaigns and charities as well as being a social group.

The Club, chartered in 1961 as S.I. Blackpool and incorporating S.I. Fleetwood in 2004, is friendly and outward-looking.

The members are currently involved in a range of projects including domestic violence and supporting the President’s charity.

Club members come from a range of backgrounds, including health, law, farming, finance and education.

Club meetings take place at the North Shore Golf Club.

If you are interested in finding out more about the club, contact: su.sorop@gmail.com