The charities that I have chosen to support to varying degrees have all had an impact in both my personal and professional life. I have chosen charities both national and local to Yorkshire. I have recently lost parents, family and friends through Cancer and heart failure. My youngest daughter was born with a rare condition that she has learned to deal with but with a strong will, determination and support from hospitals and support charities she has overcome most difficulties associated with the condition. I have seen the empowerment that sport gives kids and young adults who have disabilities to take part in sport. I have seen first-hand the work that goes on at the Police treatment Centres that serving officers can access when they have been injured on duty.
I have had the benefit of seeing the Yorkshire Air Ambulance attending remote accidents and providing lifesaving care to people who otherwise die from injuries. The Harrogate homeless project providing day to day services for those finding themselves unfortunate to be without food accommodation and hope. Finally you may be unaware of the great opportunities that amateur theatre groups and theatres provide to young and old people alike. Theatres are much more than buildings with history; they are the backbone of many small communities providing a lifeline as a community hub. Theatre groups themselves who I have worked with over the past 20 years bring communities together and allow access and opportunities for thousands of people which they would not necessary had otherwise.