Chairman's report 2018

2018 represents the Geoff Smith’s Foundation 22nd year of helping and supporting MS sufferers and their families. That makes those of us who have been around since the start, feel very old!

Nevertheless, the good work continues and I am immensely proud of what we achieve as a ‘small local charity’ with no paid-for fundraisers, but a band of people, all looking to pull in the same direction.

Once again, we have supported a number of sufferers with specific and often urgent needs and continue to financially support several folk who cannot get the drugs that they need courtesy of the NHS.

Our house in Orihuela, Spain, specially adapted for the needs of the less able, continues to be popular, providing a safe haven for respite care for families manging MS in their midst. Early bookings for 2019 prove this to continue to be highly valued by our MS community.

Courtesy of Tom Proctor and Tony Gerrard, we have benefited from a number of fundraising events held in and around West End and if you look elsewhere on the website, you will see that Tom and Tony have a full programme planned for 2019. Your support at any these events would be very welcome.

As ever, our annual golf day and dinner provided one of the highlights of the year. 2019’s event will take place on Friday 24th May, details will appear elsewhere on the website and we are always delighted to welcome new golf teams as well as supporters who just want to attend the gala dinner in the evening.

This year has seen Leighton Moat, Neil Woolgar and Michael Earls step down from the board of Trustees. All have given great service and support over the years and I am delighted that they will remain close to the charity.

We welcome Christine Mellor as a new trustee. The Mellor family and their family business, David Mellor Jewellers, have been great supporters for many years. Christine’s input to the board will be hugely valuable.

I could go on but I hope that the above gives sufficient of a snapshot to see what the Geoff Smith Foundation is all about.

It has been my privilege to chair the board of Trustees for over 10 years now and I like to think that we are open, approachable and always willing to listen to the varying requests that we get for support.

So whether you are someone with an MS related problem that we may be able to help with, or maybe you would like to join or support us in some way, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Whatever 2019 holds, I am sure that the Geoff Smith Foundation will continue to play a vital role in supporting people whose lives have been affected by MS.

Ian Ritchie

Chair of Trustees

December 2018


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