Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Lunch raises £2,500 to help women find work

ABOUT 40 women attended a lunch which raised £2,500 for a charity.

ABOUT 40 women attended a lunch which raised £2,500 for a charity.

The event at Orwells restaurant in Shiplake was in aid of Smart Works, which provides out-of-work women on low incomes with quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training.

Sarah Blomfield, who co-chairs the charity&rsquos Reading branch and lives in Shiplake, said: “We&rsquore absolutely thrilled to bits. The event was a stunning success and we were looked after really well by Orwells. It&rsquos a great platform for us to build on as we want to make it an annual event.”

The branch has achieved a 60 per cent success rate since starting in October.

“We have got 70 women back into the workplace already,” said Mrs Blomfield. “We&rsquore all about making women feel confident and fabulous. It&rsquos absolutely vital because we live in a very privileged area and just four miles down the road there are a lot of disadvantaged women.” The guests were served a three-course lunch of crispy hen&rsquos egg with asparagus, bacon and tomato, sea bream with potato samphire and kale and white chocolate Aero.

The event, which was sponsored by Henley boutique Fluidity, also included a raffle and auction.

Kurt Trotman, manager of Orwells, said: “It&rsquos very important to give back to the community. It&rsquos very positive that the ladies are doing something to help disadvantaged women get back into the workplace.”

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