When did you become a Leuchie trustee?
Why did you decide to become involved with Leuchie?
Through a local connection I heard of Leuchie and its unique work. The smaller charities are often overshadowed by the large international ones, yet they can make such a difference - so I was keen to become involved.
What do you do as a Leuchie trustee?
My background is in property management and building conservation, so I have an interest in enhancing the physical environment at Leuchie so that guests can take full advantage of staying in a beautiful historic house.
What do you get out of it?
It is all about the people and their stories: guests, staff and volunteers.
Tell us one thing about you that we probably wouldn't expect:
I speak Russian
If you could invite someone to Leuchie for a coffee and a chat, who would it be and why?
My friend Sam. He is a brilliant artist whose work is found throughout the UK and beyond. Quite out of the blue he was diagnosed with MS; this new stage of his life has spurred him on to expand his creativity into new areas. His company round the coffee table would be an inspiration to others.
If you could wave a magic wand, what would the Leuchie of the future be like?
The guest experience would hardly need to change, but the funding model would be such that a stay at Leuchie would be free for everyone who would benefit from respite care.
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