COFFEE mornings run by Bolton’s Soroptimists are helping local revellers who may have enjoyed a rather stronger drink on their nights out.
The local branch of the famous service organisation is currently raising money for Street Angels — the voluntary organisation that operates in the town centre between 10pm and 3am every Saturday night and the last Friday of the month.
As well as going out on patrol to help clubbers who have made themselves vulnerable through too much alcohol, or anyone who needs their help, they run the SafeSpace Cafe at 91 Bradshawgate opposite the Balmoral public house.
They help victims of assault and anyone needing a safe place to wait until their friends are found. They also provide first-aid, help people to sober up and offer a warming cuppa and someone to talk to. Last year, they helped in 232 town centre incidents of all kinds.
It costs £50 a night to keep the cafe open and this year’s Soroptimist president Mrs Cynthia Schofield, chose Street Angels as a charity to support after a representative visited the group to give a talk.
“Street Angels do an amazing job and we’re happy to help them,” said Mrs Schofield.
The coffee mornings are held regularly at members’ homes and so far have raised £350 for the local organisation.
Soroptimists, who are pledged to make a difference to the lives of women and girls locally and inter-nationally, are also helping towards the education of five children in Kathmandu.
Bolton Soroptimists, who are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, have supported many charities over the years including Barnardos,Bolton Mountain Rescue Team and the Fortalice refuge, and work hard in the community on everything from tree-planting to litter-picking.