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Welcome to another edition of our Club Magazine brimming with news and articles we think you will enjoy. In 2018 we celebrate 50 years of our existence and hope to make it very special.
2017 involved lots of enjoyable organising to raise funds to try to maintain our level of grant making. This year we have managed to obtain £17,000 from our events, donations and generous supporters. Sadly, however hard we try, we can’t manage to keep up with the huge expectations of our clients and we have made 55 grants totalling £27,000 leaving a worrying breach in our limited finances as we do each and every year.
All the committee have been working hard to embrace the challenges and changes of technology, they deserve real thanks for all their hard work, and giving of their time so generously. Flora, our brilliant Treasurer has resigned to take up a full time post elsewhere and will be really missed for her efficiency and competence.
We owe a huge debt to the Trustees whose steady guidance never fails and in particular to Sarah Joiner who retired as Chair in 2017. We are delighted to welcome Richard Capewell in her place and you will find a note of introduction from him.
We hope you will enjoy reading what we have been up to and please, if you have some good ideas do let us know!
Very best wishes from us all,
INTRODUCING THE TRUSTEES – AND THEIR NEW CHAIRMANOur charity has quite an unusual structure. The running of the Charity on a practical everyday basis is undertaken by the Executive Committee, under the chairmanship of Flick Seton.
In addition the charity has a group of Trustees. Their job is to hold on to the assets of the charity and in a broader sense maintain an overview that all is going to plan, in accordance with our aims and objectives and the relevant rules and regulations of the charity.
As the work of the charity is done by the Executive Committee with volunteers and supporters, the trustees need only meet twice a year, but are kept informed in the meantime of matters of significance. There are five trustees. Stephanie Donaldson, Vanessa Berridge and Penny Knapman bring a wealth of experience from the gardening world, whilst John Mankelow contributes his financial expertise.
In 2017 Sarah Joiner stood down as Chairman after 9 years valued service in the role. Richard Capewell has taken over and worked for nearly 20 years as Chief Executive of Perennial, formerly Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society, a charity which provides a range of assistance to working and retired horticulturists in need, primarily though casework advice and financial assistance.
Richard says ‘Gardening for the Disabled Trust has a long history, and a future when it will be needed more than ever. My hope is that I and the Trustees will continue to support all the hard work done by everybody to make our aspirations a reality. It is a great privilege to be able to do my bit for such a worthwhile cause.’