Frances Wright appointed Chair of Trustees for Cerebral Palsy Plus
Frances Wright, Managing Associate and Clinical Negligence specialist at Ince Metcalfes, has been a trustee for Bristol-based charity Cerebral Palsy Plus (CPP) for the last eight years.
She wanted to get involved after seeing first-hand the important work they do to help children and adults with Cerebral Palsy, as well as their families and carers. Cerebral Palsy Plus’ (CPP) aim is to support their members so that no matter what their circumstances or needs, they can live as independently as they wish, living life to the full.
At the latest Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 3 December, she was appointed Chair of Trustees, after acting as Chair for the last five months.
Commenting on her new appointment, Frances said:
“I am thrilled to take over the role of Chair of Trustees for Cerebral Palsy Plus. I am looking forward to working with our manager, Cathy Truman, to support the important and hugely valuable work they do helping children and adults with Cerebral Palsy - as well as their families and carers. Charities across the board are finding it harder to fundraise in current times. As the new Chair of Trustees, I will be working with the other Trustees to support the charity in 2021.”
During the AGM, Frances spoke about how the charity has responded to the challenges of 2020 and thanked staff for adapting to working from home; providing advice and support via the telephone and online. Frances also detailed how CPP has been able to extend the existing grant scheme to provide more financial support, and has focused on giving financial and emotional support to members, many of whom have been shielding. Throughout the pandemic group activities were moved online, and in the summer CPP provided members with vouchers so they could enjoy family outings. Frances also reported that the charity’s finances were holding up well thanks to its brilliant fundraisers and donors, and despite current times how CPP has actually increased its membership - which is great news.
The AGM did look a little different this year as CPP had to move their annual get-together online. But that didn’t stop members, trustees and staff from enjoying themselves; afterwards there were Christmas games: a treasure hunt, quiz and talent competition - which got everyone into a festive mood.
“2020 has been a difficult year for all of us, but CPP can be proud of what it has achieved, and now that Covid-19 vaccines are being rolled out we can look forward to 2021. We will continue having our Zoom events until we can all get together safely again. At that point, there will be an almighty party - even better than our Bristol Zoo party last year! Happy Christmas to everyone.”
If you would like to donate or speak to someone about volunteering or fundraising for Cerebral Palsy Plus, please get in touch with Frances directly who would be delighted to hear from you.