Monthly Archives: January 2015

Hot Topics January 2015

We were delighted to welcome over 100 people for this first meeting of the New Year when our main event was a talk on breast health awareness. In addition, our WI subscriptions were due.

We also heard presentations from both our 2015 Charities of the Year about their fundraising appeals:

  • Linden Lodge Charitable Trust’s Family Centre Appeal to raise funds for a state of the art Family Centre. The Sensory Support Service provides education, care and support to almost 1,000 deaf, visually impaired and deaf blind children and their families from birth to 19 years. Families of children with sensory impairment are often isolated and in need of expert guidance. Through this Family Centre, specialist staff will provide information, support and advice to the families, and
  • Macmillan Cancer Support (Merton) Appeal to raise money to fund two local Macmillan Nurses specializing in gastro-intestinal and gynaecological cancers based at the Royal Marsden. The fundraising work of Macmillan Merton is unusual in the Macmillan family in that all the funds they raise/receive are used for local projects at local hospitals.

We also held our annual Bring & Buy to raise funds for the 2 charities we are supporting this year. Thanks to the generosity of donors and those who purchased, so far we have raised over £200 to be split between our two Chosen Charities.

Hot Topics December 2014


During our normal WI business, we heard about recent meetings on the future of adult education in Merton, which some members had attended. Members continued to express their great concern about this matter.

We had the opportunity to select the resolution we supported the most for possible consideration at the NFWI Annual Meeting 2015.

Our main event was a social with mulled wine and mince pies, with a very entertaining magical touch provided by Collin from Street Magic.

We admired the wonderful exhibits produced at the Pottery workshop and the Christmas tree decorations from the Christmas Craft making day.