Ann Butterfield

What's your day job?

I'm a library supervisor for Renfrewshire Libraries.

When did you become a Leuchie trustee?
2011

Why did you decide to become involved with Leuchie?
I had used Leuchie for respite for my family for more than ten years as my late husband had MS. I felt honoured to be invited to join the board and didn't hesitate to become part of a charity I have great respect for.

What do you do as a Leuchie trustee?
As a trustee I attend all the board meetings and training sessions I can. I spread the word about the vital role Leuchie's unique respite holidays plays for many families. I also help with fundraising through collection cans, organising and helping with events.

What do you get out of it?
I'm happy to be helping Leuchie provide the same support that was such a  benefit to my famly. My husband needed 24 hour care and the breaks at Leuchie three times a year made caring at home manageable. I'm passionate that Leuchie thrives so the same help can be there for other families.

Tell us one thing about you that we probably wouldn't expect:
I now sing in the church choir but the first time I ever felt at ease enough to sing karaoke was while on holiday at Leuchie.

If you could invite someone to Leuchie for afternoon tea, who would it be and why?
I'd like to invite JK Rowling to tea at Leuchie as she is the most high profile person with an understanding of the effects MS has on the whole family. I'd tell her how she has helped my family through Leuchie. For the Scottish premiere of the first Harry Potter film, JK Rowling donated tickets to Leuchie. These were offered to all the children who had stayed at Leuchie and my two boys were delighted to attend. They were about eight and ten at the time and they felt like celebrities, walking down the red carpet and rubbing shoulders with people they'd seen on TV. The school made a fuss of them too and contacted the local paper who wrote a stroy about their good luck.

If you could wave a magic wand, what would the Leuchie of the future be like?
My wish for the future for Leuchie would be simple. That it could be financially secure and able to continue providing the wonderful care and support to families who need a rest.

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