News from Gemma

May 18, 2015   //   No Comments

On 22nd April I attended my first SAIF Executive meeting as National President which was both enjoyable and productive.

I then had only a few days back in the office before I headed to Edinburgh for the BIE’s presidential banquet. I was honoured to be asked to respond to the toast to the ladies and guests on behalf of SAIF. An excellent evening was had by all, the attention to detail was superb and I thank outgoing president Graeme Easton and his team for their hospitality. The next morning I attended the handover to new BIE President Clive Pearson, who made a heartfelt inaugural address. I wish him and his partner Bobby all the best in the year ahead and look forward to, hopefully, meeting up again at the next kindred event.

West Highland Way Challenge

Training is now well underway for the West Highland Way challenge, where we will attempt to walk the 96 miles in 3 days from 1st-3rd June. Please do support us to make the training and challenge worthwhile. Whilst I believe it will be a once in a lifetime experience, we are putting ourselves through this to raise money for my two charities for the year – Child Bereavement UK and Epilepsy Action. You can donate here or take a look at my blog www.thepresidentscharity.co.uk for updates on the challenge, including some spectacular photographs once we get up there.

Although participants are still being sought for the Snowdon climb which will be taking place on Saturday 11th July, Baglan Funeral Home have promised to join us and Linda Jones, SAIF Administration Manager, has also signed up.  Having been with SAIF for over 16 years and helped raised funds for the many charities, Linda told me, “It’s about time I did something more significant and us women must stick together!”  Thanks Linda, I appreciate your support and hope that we will be joined by more of our Welsh members.

Please get in touch if you are interested in taking part, it is sure to be an enjoyable climb in good company, with I am promised, a few laughs along the way.