My association with James Hopkins Trust goes back right to the very beginning in 1989. Steve (my husband) worked with Heather and Vance at Rank Xerox in the Forest of Dean. When James was born and needed respite care unfortunately there was nothing available. This was when Vance and Heather decided to set up a respite service. Steve and I helped with fundraising by buying raffle tickets etc and supporting them whenever we could. When they decided to build Kites Corner, we bought a couple of bricks and helped with fundraising.

When the centre (Kites Corner) opened in 2002, I became more involved, taking stalls with goods and Teddy Tombola’s to all sorts of functions, Christmas Fayres, School and Village fetes.

In recent years I have become more involved at Kites Corner helping with sorting donations and prizes for raffles and washing and mending teddies for Teddy Tombola’s, which are always hugely popular at fundraising events.

I really enjoy volunteering at events particularly meeting people (including lots of children). I especially enjoy being chief elf of Santas Grotto at Newent Garden Centre every year. I take great pleasure supporting many fund-raising functions and attending and promoting JHT. It is a real pleasure to promote the good work that the James Hopkins Trust does.

The sense of achievement at the end of the day is raising awareness and funds for their work to carry on providing nursing care for those less fortunate than most.

I feel very honoured to have been able to support JHT over the last 34 years and look forward to the future.

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