Kibworth & Smeeton WI
Members really enjoyed our April meeting when Jess Dixon, Community Fundraiser, spoke to us about the wonderful work of Rainbows Children’s Hospice. Opened in 1994 it was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter Laura had died of leukaemia, and named ‘Rainbows’ because it was Laura’s favourite thing, giving us beauty after a storm and symbolising hope to her parents.
Set up to provide care and support for young children with life-limiting conditions and practical services such as respite care and bereavement counselling to help their families, Rainbows now helps young adults up to age 30 because some outlive their prognosis thanks to advances in treatments. Jess showed us pictures of the hospice and its facilities, which cost £5.5 million a year to run, of which less than 20% is received from Government funding. We all agreed that money from their many fundraising activities is very well spent indeed.
Kibworth and Smeeton WI proudly celebrated its 100th Birthday on 26 April in style at Boboli’s restaurant. Committee members decorated the tables in vibrant spring colours and our WI bunting hung at the entrance welcomed members to their special event. A really delicious meal was followed by a celebratory toast proposed by President Hazel Taylor, after which the cake, made by Secretary Gail Holland, was cut and served with coffee. It was a wonderful evening and members are looking forward to more events during the year.
We meet on the second Thursday each month at 7.30 in the GSH. We have our annual Resolutions meeting in May and in June, Andrew Wilde will talk to us about bee keeping.