Morley WI’s donation to The Bridge Project

Members of Morley WI (Women’s Institute) visited the Bridge Project at Holbeck Community Centre on Elland Road on 20 June to hand over a donation of sports equipment.

The group came up with a novel way to raise funds, handing their members mini jam jars in which to put the coppers from their purse – killing two birds with one stone.

Between January and May this year members raised £70 and the group matched it from funds to make a donation to a local charity.

“For the big charities £140 is a drop in the ocean, so we wanted to find a small local charity where our donation would make a difference. We asked our members and one of our members’ son uses The Bridge. After visiting we asked for a wish-list of equipment and here we are” explained Sue.

The women were able to supply football goals, hockey sticks, balls and tag rugby belts for The Bridge which works with people with learning disabilities.

Morley WI meets once a month, but it’s not ‘Jam and Jerusalem’, you’re as likely to find a burlesque dance session as a talk from local author. They also have a book club, a cinema club and organise trips. You might also find them at Leeds Pride.

“Part of what we do, apart from being there to empower women and bring local women together, is to support local charities. It’s part of the WI ethos.”


Photo: Joanne, Sue, Wendy and Michele from Morley WI with member of The Bridge Project


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