Charity trustees come from all walks of life, and are united by their wish to create positive change in society. According to Trustees Week website there are over a million trustee positions in England and Wales. Trustees are responsible for the general control and management of the administration of a charity and must act in the best interests of the charity and its beneficiaries.
Not everyone recognises trustees as volunteers, but the role of a trustee is key to the running of a charity. Being a trustee means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives.
To mark this year’s Trustees Week we asked some of our trustees what it means to them to be involved with the charity at board level:
“I’m here for Pharmacy. Every time one of us falls down I want to make sure that someone is there to help them get back up again. If we look after each other as pharmacists then I know that the profession as a whole will stay strong. This matters because what pharmacists do is of real benefit to society. The profession, in one form or another, has been helping the public for hundreds of years and I’m here to play my part in keeping it strong for the future.”
“In my first few months I was lucky enough to meet the pharmacists who volunteer as Listening Friends. I was blown over by their commitment to supporting their colleagues who contact Pharmacist Support. The experiences they described were moving and heartfelt.”
Professor Peter Noyce
“I think it’s a sign of a mature profession to maintain a benevolent charity that supports its members and students in times of need – and that is what Pharmacist Support (originally called the Benevolent Fund) has been doing for nearly 175 years!
I get particular satisfaction as a Trustee from being able to help pharmacists with health issues. So heartening is the increasingly wide range of wellbeing services that we are now developing through the generosity of the Wardley legacy.”
“I love to hear about the people we have helped and the positive outcomes that come from the advice or assistance we give. It makes it all worthwhile.
The greatest outcome this year for me is the start of our fundraising activities. We have appointed a fundraiser who has made a great difference and we are now starting our fundraising campaign so that the charity can continue to support pharmacists for years to come.”