The Committee had arranged this meeting via Zoom, and thanks go to Maggi and Wendy in getting it set up.
Judy Hutchins, Vice President, welcomed 26 members to the meeting and had received 8 apologies.
Judy then introduced our speaker for the meeting, Sarah Kelly on the topic “Inspiration and Friendship Among the Ice”.
Sarah introduced herself and explained her reasons for undertaking a Trek on the Arctic for the charity “Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre”, based near her home town in Cheshire. Members were interested to hear of Sarah’s varied career and that she is a mother of 4 and an “ordinary Jo” saying that “anyone” could complete this Trek. Her aim was to raise £6.5k for Maggie’s.
Hearing about the preparation that went into this Trek was fascinating, right from raising local sponsorship involving local radio, restaurants and donations of prizes for raffles to obtaining a signed Manchester United Shirt and having a personal trainer to help with fitness. The practical preparation was explained too – leading up to the 3-day trek across the ice. Sarah added to her talk with slides, pictures and videos which showed us the highs and lows of the Trek and demonstrating the team spirit which grew between the 6-man team of trekkers. The physical, emotional and practical support was vital.
Questions were put to Sarah from our members, including the all important “how did you go to the toilet?”, which was beautifully answered.
She continues to receive donations for the cause, including ours for the talk, and to date she has raised a magnificent £9,259.93.
Judy thanked Sarah for such a truly inspiring talk, leaving us out of breath and congratulating her on her achievements.
Judy advised members that Wendy, our President, was today attending the Zoom meeting of the WI AGM. She also summed up the activities enjoyed since our last meeting.
She went on to remind members to look at our website where there was information on:-
Coffee Morning at Chestfield Cricket Club – 9th June
Walk arranged by Val and Gill on 16th June
Garden Safari – 28th and 29th June – please notify Gill or Alison if you wish to attend.
Our next meeting will be on 13th July 10.00am via Zoom and the topic will be Kate Osborne “Beach Bonkers – Suffolk Shingle Tales of Treasure and Trash”.
The meeting closed at 11.05am.