I have long been a member of the Wainwright Society, and it was through them that I received an approach to become a trustee of Animal Rescue Cumbria. Having recently retired from my work in London, and thus being able to spend an increasing amount of time in the Lake District, I was more than happy to take on this role, at the beginning of 2012. Not long after becoming a trustee, I was asked to take on the role of Chairman, and again I was honoured to do so.

I still travel quite a lot, both abroad and in this country, which sadly prevents us having a pet at the moment, although we did have three cats at one time, the last of which used to regularly make the car journey with us between Hemel Hempstead and Keswick. As a keen walker, I look forward to being able to take an active dog of my own up the hills, hopefully before my own legs give up!

We are fortunate at Animal Rescue in having a really good group of trustees, possessing a good range of the skills required to run the charity, and I am pleased to say that we all get on really well at a personal level. In 2015, we were the beneficiary of the fundraising activities of the Wainwright Society, and it has been particularly satisfying for me to see the increased contact between the Society and ourselves.