Why did you choose to volunteer for Blue Cross?
When I was living in central London as a child we used to take our dogs to the Blue Cross hospital in Victoria. I well remember the welcome and care we received. It was because of this memory that I had no hesitation in agreeing to become a Patron for the fundraising to build a new Blue Cross hospital in Grimsby. It was a hugely enjoyable time working with the fundraising team from Blue Cross and discovering more about the work of the hospital, its staff and, of course, the pets. So when it was suggested that I might become a Trustee for the charity, again, I had no hesitation in agreeing.
For how long have you been a Trustee?
I have now been a Trustee for two years.
What are your duties in your role as a Blue Cross Trustee?
I continue to have a particular interest in the hospital at Grimsby, but I am also involved in ensuring that the charity has the financial resources and stability to support its work. As part of the Audit Committee I value the work we do to confirm that the charity is using its resources effectively.
What is your professional background?
My work background has been in the church, initially as a vicar, however, for the 13 years prior to retirement, I was Bishop of Grimsby. Through this work I have had a constant involvement with people at every stage of life. I have seen how pets are an essential part of many peoples’ lives, bringing them companionship and love. In the community around Grimsby I heard numerous stories of how Blue Cross had looked after pets, when the owners would have struggled to afford the care their pets needed.
What do you enjoy most about being a Blue Cross Trustee?
I really enjoy being a Trustee of Blue Cross. It brings me into contact with the remarkably dedicated people who work for the charity. My fellow trustees are enthusiastically committed to supporting and encouraging the work and I find them an energising group of people.
Tell us about your own pets!
I have always had pets and their stories have been intricately woven with mine. At present we have two Labradors and a bizarre cat. The dogs (12 and three years old) are constant companions who happily jump into the car to be part of whatever we are doing. The cat has trained us all to serve her agenda!