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100 years of Charity Never Failing - Grimsby Celebrates Anniversary of Relief Society

A celebratory evening took place at Grimsby Chapel as the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrated 100 years of the women’s organisation, Relief Society, in the Grimsby area.

The evening was attended by Councillor Alex Baxter, The Worshipful Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire with The Mayoress, Mrs Anne Baxter who remarked on the hospitality extended to them. The Mayor and his wife were welcomed and accompanied during the evening by area Church leader, Stake President Ash Poulton and his wife Kim.

Relief Society President Pauline Crofts and her counsellors began planning the event ten months beforehand. Throughout 2014 the Grimsby women gathered together regularly to create a special quilt depicting both serious and humorous events that took place in the last century.  Once completed the quilt was quickly snapped up by a private buyer for £200.

As 2014 was also the centenary of the start of World War 1, Pauline Crofts decided it would be appropriate to donate the proceedings from the sale of the quilt to the charity "Help for Heroes". This is a British charity which was launched to help provide better facilities for British servicemen and women who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.

A representative from "Help for Heroes" attended and received the cheque from Pauline Crofts.  

During the evening brief remarks were given by four women who represented four generations and talked about Relief Society and its effect on their lives. There were photo displays of Relief Society spanning the past 100 years. Also on display were articles made throughout 2014 for charitable projects, including gifts for the Women's Refuge and knitted baby clothes donated to the Neonatal Unit of Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.

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