Monday 30th April 2012
Fledglings' new director aims to ensure the charity can continue its "marvellous" work for people with disabilities.
Gerry Reilly has been appointed to the post with the Saffron Walden-based charity, which provides advice, sources and supplies products and services to support disabled children, their families, and carers.
He joins the charity after running the Handstand Appeal in Cornwall for three years, which raises awareness and funds to support victims of meningitis.
Before that the 58-year-old Glasgow University graduate worked in the travel, tourism and leisure sectors.
He said: "I am very pleased to be joining Fledglings. In the current economic climate this is a challenging time for all charities and Fledglings is no exception.
"The cost of providing the advice and service cannot be met solely through the charity's current commercial operations so the challenge is to expand those commercial operations and seek other sources of funding to allow Fledglings to continue its marvellous work in supporting disabled children and their families."
Fledglings' founder Ruth Lingard said: "We are absolutely delighted that Gerry is joining us as director. We believe that his commercial experience and his recent fundraising experience will bring considerable benefit to Fledglings as we develop and grow."