Well, looking back from deep midwinter, it was a very busy and eventful Autumn, to say the least. The Big Green Weekend was a great success, we have had more national TV coverage than anyone can remember (BBC Breakfast, Countryfile and BBC London), as well as a great slot with the Hollybush team on the National Lottery programme – and not forgetting an unforgettable visit by our patron HRH the Duke of Edinburgh to meet some of our long standing volunteers at Dersingham. It was his first public outing since he had been unwell over last summer, so there was extraordinary media interest – it was all good for helping our profile, which is good for us all round.
But above all, of course, our people, supporters and fantastic volunteers have been doing extraordinary work, every day, day in, day out, and all over the UK. I never cease to be struck by the effect we have on people’s health, prospects and outdoor places – nor how much more we could do given further funding. So, a huge thank you, and a huge ask for the new year and beyond. Do please keep up your support and involvement, and do please let us know if there’s anything you feel we could improve or develop to have the most successful and effective organisation in the future. In the short term, look out for future events and products on our website. We do hope to see you or hear from you.
Finally, I’m delighted to say that Julie Hopes, our CEO, is just over a year old in her role at TCV and going so strong we’re all thrilled. Again, thank you so much for all the help and support, and here’s to a truly happy and successful 2014 for all.
Rita Clifton, Chair.