Louise Duncan

Having sat keenly on laybys for the first few of the Prudential 100s, last year I thought I'd have a go at volunteer marshalling. It turned out to be fun and got me wondering if I could take the next step and actually do the event. Well this year I'll find out. It seemed natural to choose Cherry Trees to fundraise for as they are a close to home charity, being one of two that my workplace, Ripley Court School, regularly supports.

Having nursed in a similar environment, the Children's Trust in Tadworth, I know how important this kind of respite care is and how special the staff are. The children often have complex needs and the care is skilled but also given kindly and with a dedication that extends to the wellbeing of the whole family.

The short breaks that Cherry Trees gives to families with children with disabilities are massively important but of course they have large costs to cover. The environment is homely with all the associations of safety and comfort that evokes. Please take a minute to reflect on your own good fortune and help this great charity maintain its work by sponsoring me this year. 

Louise Duncan