Trustees’ Week is an annual celebration of the achievements of nearly one million trustees across the UK.
The theme for this year is ‘Making a Difference in Changing Times’. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we face new challenges such as the soaring cost of living and huge pressures on health and social care. The positive impact our valued Trustees make to the Charity is as important as ever.
One of our Trustees, Geoff Page, recently visited one of our community supporters and wanted to share his experience. This is his story:
“The George Inn is a popular traditional 18th century pub at the heart of our local community in Widley. I was welcomed by Ali and Andy, who run the pub and have been supporting the Charity for over 23 years now.
I visited the pub to represent the Rowans as a Trustee, to connect with local supporters and to receive a cheque for an incredible £10,000, which the team and the customers of The George Inn generated in support of the Charity.
It was a privilege to be part of the cheque presentation, and I was also able to award Ali and Andy with a framed certificate of appreciation for their continued support which shows they have raised a collective amount of £20,760.09 during the last 23 years.
The pub was very busy, with around 80 people enjoying the entertainment by local singer and guitarist Steve.
Several of the pub locals were keen to share stories of their involvement with the Hospice with me. It reminded me of just how important it is to connect with our local supporters.
The monies raised have been generated through various fundraising events and activities, all of which are well-supported by the community. On the day, the pub raised £250 on their meat raffle alone! Every fortnight, The George Inn also holds a musical quiz night in support of Rowans, and customers can leave spare change donations in a giant Whiskey bottle sitting atop the bar.
My afternoon at The George Inn was a wonderful experience, and I was delighted to attend. Thank you to Ali and Andy, and all their customers, for their invaluable support.”