Monday, 19 March 2018

WI coffee mornings provide £600 for local good causes

SONNING Common WI has donated £600 to four good causes in the area.

SONNING Common WI has donated £600 to four good causes in the area.

Sonning Common youth club Club SC, the Village Gardeners, Sonning Common and Kidmore End first responders and the Greenshoots gardening charity in Peppard each received £150.

The money was presented in front of about 40 people at the WI’s monthly coffee morning at the village hall in Wood Lane. The coffee mornings, which began three years ago, raise money from donations.

Gill Hayward, who chairs the fund- raising team, said: “The success of the coffee mornings has gone from strength to strength.

“I would like to thank all members of the WI for their invaluable contributions by either helping on the day, donating items for the sales tables or serving the many cups of tea and coffee each month.” Chris Brook, of the first responders, thanked the WI and said they had now raised more than £16,000 for a new emergency response vehicle.

She said: “We have an application in with the National Lottery for £10,000 and if we get that we can buy a new vehicle. If not, we still have enough for a second hand one.”

Chrissie Phillips Tilbury, of the Villager Gardeners, said: “Thank you for the contribution. All the money goes straight back into the village.” Carol Viney, chairwoman of the Club SC’s management committee, said: “Thank you very much from everyone at the club, which helps to keep young people off the streets.”

Frances Hill, chief executive of Greenshoots, which has a stall at the coffee mornings, said: “We have a waiting list of people to help so we want to thank you.”

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