A Retford woman has been appointed to the NSPCC’s Board of Trustees after almost 30 years of fund-raising for the charity.
Liz Brash, 53, will be a divisional trustee for the midlands, south west and Channel Islands, a role that will involve making decisions which will determine how the charity develops over the next three years.
Previous to her new appointment, she was chairman of the North Notts branch of the charity.
“When my first son, Ben, was just six weeks old I was asked by a friend of my mum’s to join an NSPCC committee in Retford,” said Liz.
“Twenty-eight years later I am still proud to be a volunteer fund-raising for the NSPCC.
“It is a charity I feel passionately about, so becoming a divisional trustee is a huge honour.
“This opportunity has come at a great time in my life as my three children are all grown up now and settled, and I have the time to dedicate to the role.”
The new trustee has extensive experience of running successful fund-raising events such as the popular annual branch Christmas fair which regularly raises over £6,000 in just four hours.
Liz is currently organising a literary lunch, with guest speaker Gervase Phinn, which will take place today (Friday) and will mark the start of her three-year appointment.
“I understand how grassroots community fund-raising works and it is important to have the voices of the people who are out there day in day out, tirelessly raising significant amounts of money, represented on the Board,” she continued.
“During my next three years as a trustee I really want to make a difference.
“I am a vociferous advocate of the NSPCC schools service which I believe should be working in secondary, as well as primary schools, to help protect our children.
“Educating children is the very best route to keep them happy and safe.
“The NSPCC has children at its core and is in a strong position to influence people and protect future generations.
“Children who suffer abuse or neglect are born in to these situations and under no circumstances is it ever their fault.
“I want to use this time to help take the organisation forward and with my personal experience of fund-raising, I believe I can really help.
“My husband and children are incredibly proud of me for securing a position as a trustee.
“I strongly believe every single child has a right to a happy childhood and I want to help in the NSPCC’s fight.”
Deborah Chandos-Hall, NSPCC head of fund-raising for the midlands added: “Liz will be a tremendous asset to the board.”