Ann’s Blogspot

 

What have you got planned for your 3 month leave?

I’m going to be away for 3 months travelling around the UK coastline in a motorhome. Something I wouldn’t have considered in the past. However, after a roller coaster of a ride dealing with various personal issues over the last few years, I’ve come to recognise that I need time away. Time to spend with a new husband, time to find myself again, time with God and nature and time to relax.
AnnWe’re really excited that we’ll be visiting parts of England, Scotland & Wales that we’ve never seen before.I’m going to be away for 3 months travelling around the UK coastline in a motorhome. Something I wouldn’t have considered in the past. However, after a roller coaster of a ride dealing with various personal issues over the last few years, I’ve come to recognise that I need time away. Time to spend with a new husband, time to find myself again, time with God and nature and time to relax. We’re really excited that we’ll be visiting parts of England, Scotland & Wales that we’ve never seen before.I’m going to be away for 3 months travelling around the UK coastline in a motorhome. Something I wouldn’t have considered in the past. However, after a roller coaster of a ride dealing with various personal issues over the last few years, I’ve come to recognise that I need time away. Time to spend with a new husband, time to find myself again, time with God and nature and time to relax. We’re really excited that we’ll be visiting parts of England, Scotland & Wales that we’ve never seen before.

 

What has been your highlights/most memorable moments at Reach so far?

There have been many memorable moments over the years so it’s difficult to choose one. Recently achieving our new charitable status was definitely a highlight after all the years since we launched the Foodbank. And back in May 2014 our first ever fundraising event, such a lot of work went into that but it was a brilliant evening. There have been a number of laughs too-one in particular with my great friend and colleague Henry when we were filming for our Ragbag collection; Henry inside the collection bin and me with an umbrella handle sneaking up behind him, so, so funny and well worth watching and still makes me laugh.

 

What have you enjoyed the most?

I feel extremely privileged to have been involved in so many people’s lives, after all people is what Reach is all about. Working here gives me great satisfaction and certainly something to get up for each day even with the responsibilities that come with it. I’m always up for a challenge and three day food collections are definitely hard work. The reward far outweighs the hard work though and being able to support a client, often under very difficult circumstances is something I feel called to do. To be able to make a significant difference is definitely worth all the work involved. A number of my colleagues have been a great influence and sadly there have been a few we’ve lost along the way and I’m just so glad they’ve been part of my story.

 

What will you miss the most while you are away?

I will definitely miss my Reach friends and colleagues whilst we’re away. It’s a real joy to be part of such a fantastic team, many of whom are volunteers giving up their time to help others. I will miss those cups of tea that so often just appear just when they’re most needed. Since 2008 Reach has been a massive part of my life so initially it’s going to be hard to just take this time away.

 

What are you looking forward to in the future?

With regard to the future, I’m so looking forward to all that God has in store for me and Chris. As far as Reach goes, we will continue to press forward in achieving what we set out to do, relieving poverty and related issues in our community. If we can change just one life, that’s one life that we’ve changed. I’m really looking forward to the journey ahead and feel a satisfaction that even if I didn’t achieve much, I at least tried.

 


 

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