Wednesday 2nd May 2012
A charity which appointed a new director has revealed the post is being paid for thanks to a grant.
Fledglings, which strives to improve the lives of disabled children and give relief to their families, secured a two-year grant of £25,000 from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales to appoint Gerry Reilly.
The charity, based in Saffron Walden, in Essex, helps families and carers by providing advice, and sourcing and supplying products and services to meet individual needs. Last year the charity received more than 8,400 requests for help and information.
Ruth Lingard, founder of the charity, said: "We are absolutely delighted that Gerry has joined us as director. His commercial and fundraising experience will bring considerable benefit to Fledglings as we develop and grow. This grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation towards funding the director's position is a huge boost."
Fledglings received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in 2004 and Mrs Lingard was awarded an MBE in 2005 for her services to the charitable sector.