Blackpool and District Soroptimists twin toilets at hospital

Soroptimist International of Blackpool and District President, Christine Fairhurst; Programme Action Officer Marcia Roper and member Wendy Grimshaw

A local group of ladies have raised money to raise awareness of an international cause by twinning toilets at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Soroptimist International of Blackpool and District, raised money to provide a toilet block in the developing world as part of the Toilet Twinning Scheme.

Former Club President, Maggie Blair, chose to raise money for the scheme that pays to build a toilet somewhere in the developing world to twin with the hospital’s toilets in its main entrance.

Programme Action Officer, Marcia Roper, said: “Maggie was passionate about healthcare, so the group are delighted to have raised £240 needed to build a toilet block in Mwandiga, Democratic Republic of Congo.”

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) has 8000 Members in 350 Clubs in 28 countries including Great Britain, Ireland and countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Malta, who work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls.

Associate Director of Facilities at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nigel Fort, said: “The Trust is delighted to be able to support this vital cause and are delighted that the Toilet Twinning Scheme is providing a toilet that we all take for granted.”

The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, and optima meaning best.

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