Please welcome our new Trustee Clare Salters and new Branch Coordinator for Wessex Craig Luke
Clare Salters – Trustee
Our lovely new Trustee Clare has been with us since October. Here Clare writes a little about herself and why wanted to become a trustee.
“My inspiration for wanting to be a Reach trustee is my wonderful recorder pupil, Maria, who is 7. I have always been impressed with the dextrous way she navigates a two-handed world and have greatly enjoyed our musical journey together. We are grateful to be able to hire one-handed recorders from Reach, which has made this possible, and I wanted to be able to give something back.
I was lucky enough to spend most of my (first) career working on the Northern Ireland ‘peace’ process, which taught me lots of useful lessons about perseverance in the face of obstacles and the importance of keeping a sense of perspective. And, of course, as a civil servant, I learnt lots of useful things about governance and process – and luckily I love all that (often seen as dull) stuff, and am happy to put those skills to good use helping the team at Reach office. Outside Reach business, I have quite a mixed portfolio of roles – including music teaching, interviewing prospective judges for the Judicial Appointments Commission, some other charity governance work and helping to run a local youth orchestra. Having grown up in Scotland, and spent much of my career in Northern Ireland, I’m now based in London, where I live with my husband (Malcolm) and son (Jamie, 15).”
Craig Luke – Wessex Branch Coordinator
New Wessex Branch Coordinator, Craig Luke introduces himself and his family and talks about his inspirational son Henry.
Mei and I joined reach January 2014 a few days after the 20 week scan for our son Henry and the Reach family provided all the support and confidence required that everything would be okay. Needless to say, those words have rung very true and it’s all about paying it forward and sharing those stories and keeping the support structure strong. More about Henry Luke the little boy, and my best pal who fills our live with joy and inspiration.
Henry Luke, born May 2014 missing his right hand and with slightly shortened right arm which he calls his little hand.
Henry is an active, sensitive and clever little boy, who can be shy in large crowds, but once you get to know him is a little chatterbox. Formed a close knit group of friends at Nursery and has recently started a school with many new faces and is enjoying the new activities. He is also facing some recent challenges as he is now at the age where he is recognising the reactions of others around him. Whilst he doesn’t make a big deal he does get upset with the whispers and when children are touching his little hand. This is why the Reach family is so important so we can share ideas, experiences as well as organising the meet-ups. Last March Henry became an older brother and is loving this dynamic – his younger brother Oscar Bear idolises him.
In terms of group meet-ups I will attempt to have a summer and pre-Christmas get together and have a few ideas myself but am very keen to understand what works for others so please feel free to send ideas and I will explore. Also, fundraising ideas are most welcome and have done some in the past including waxing my entire body and being forced to stand outside Chelsea FC wearing a Santa hat! All ideas welcome just need a new baker and gym before I run a marathon!