The Chiltern Centre has awarded two long-serving colleagues with Continuing Service Awards. The Centre, which specialises in care for young adults with disabilities, took the opportunity to reward years of loyalty from their colleagues.
Ruth Luckett and Emma Lerche-Thomsen were presented with crystal vases by Paul Barrett, Chair of Trustees, who said, “First of all for length of service, they’ve both been associated with The Chiltern Centre for 10 years. It’s though the material difference they have both made to our fortune. Through her amazing network of contacts, Emma has secured us many wonderful introductions which have led to donations. Ruth has served us the longest and I think Chancellor of the Exchequer is next in her sights. Between them, they have seen us through some very challenging times.”
Ruth Luckett, who has been a Trustee and Finance Director of The Chiltern Centre for 10 years said, “I love to be involved, it’s nice to feel you a part of something that is worthwhile and doing something for the community.”
When asked about new people joining The Chiltern Centre as a Trustee, she added, “You would be working with a nice bunch of people, lots of events to go, including the ladies lunch which is my favourite, and most importantly you are helping people who have a disabled young person or young adults who are in need of break.”
Emma Lerche-Thomsen, has been acting as a consultant and running various fundraising events for The Chiltern Centre since 2009. Emma said, “There have been so many highlights, we started with the Ice Ball in 2009 which I worked on with Annie Abbey-Quinn. We raised nearly £60,000 that night. I then joined the team as a community fundraiser and must have done over 50 events since and have probably raised with the help of the fundraising team around £200,000. I have to pay tributes to my colleagues and the unfailing support from Paul. The team are fantastic here and I just feel so loved and so privileged to be here.”
With regards to future projects and others joining to raise funds, Emma said, “I love a variety in my life and I am going to carry on doing good things for this amazing charity. If you could start with simple fundraising, do a cake sale, do something that you feel comfortable with, all I can say is that is that in your heart you know you are giving something back.”