February 2021 Monthly Round-up from Ladies Committee
It’s been disappointing to be unable to put on our usual popular events in the first quarter of the year due to the Lock-down - namely the January Ladies Lunch, the February Gentlemen’s Lunch with speaker, and in March both the Bridge Drive and the Dementia Coffee Morning. The April formal Ladies Lunch with Speaker is another casualty – most of these are events that contribute to our fund raising efforts at this time of year.
However, behind the scenes, members of the Ladies Committee are continuing to hold regular monthly meetings online, and we are busy planning what we may be able to do as the Roadmap rolls out over the next weeks. We shall keep reviewing the situation, and will hope to re-schedule events wherever possible. If all goes well, we hope to be able to put on the Dementia charity event, either as a Coffee Morning or Afternoon Tea, possibly in May - we will be liaising with the Events Team about this and about further events later in the year.
Meantime, as part of our ongoing Club Enhancement programme, plans are already underway to purchase and install a large square umbrella for the River Room Terrace which we hope will make better use of this outside space as and when members can meet again socially outside for coffee etc.
And finally – we can now give official notification of the total funds that were donated last year to SOLENT MIND, as the result of either direct LC action or through the co-operative work we undertook to facilitate fund-raising along with various fellow members. The total donated was just over £7,500, and some of the uses to which the funds are being put are explained in the below short extract from Solent Mind’s “thank you letter” to last year’s LC Chair:
How can I begin to thank you for the amazing effort you put into fundraising for us last year ? We are extremely grateful for the innovation you showed and your endlessly kind support. Your donation – in excess of £7,500 – will enable us to continue to provide information, services and support to people who are experiencing difficulties with mental illness within our community. This year we are looking to invest our fundraising in several key areas – diverse communities, children and young people, employment and inclusion, and better digital services.
Jo Silsbury – Corporate Liaison Officer”