My Week: Reverend Celia Carter has more animal encounters than planned

The founding trustee of the Hop Skip and Jump Foundation recounts her week

Reverend Celia Carter
Reverend Celia Carter

Monday: A weekly meeting with our foundation coordinator and project manager reveals that everything went well at the centres over the weekend. The fundraising efforts of an intrepid group of staff and parents, who scaled Snowdonia, passed off without incident. We also continue preparations for a donkey service for children and their carers in Gloucester Cathedral.

Tuesday: The donkey service is brilliantly attended by supporters, children and plenty of livestock. There's a collective sigh of relief once the children are in their costumes - although I feel rather sorry for the poor gentleman who ends up following a goat with a pooper scooper.

Wednesday: Today is a busy day for the team. There are site visits at all three centres for maintenance checks, our project manager is off to West Sussex to inspect the site where we hope to build a new centre, and I'm with other trustees in Westminster to speak to MPs about the importance of respite care and the difficulties we've had with local authorities in establishing new centres.

Thursday: The day begins with the team outside chasing a flock of black Welsh sheep that have chosen to invade the garden of the Cotswolds house where we're based. Our rather unusual and impromptu team-building activity done, it's back into the office for a training day for site supervisors. The trustees are off to Milton Keynes for what turns out to be a rather disappointing meeting with the local authority and a bit of a blow to our plans to establish a centre in the local area.

Friday: Today most of the team is doing some training, but some of us are in the office trying to catch up with writing fund applications. The evening is spent giving a talk to a local group of elderly residents about our work. The audience is smaller than expected - the group's chair thinks that its members might have thought it was an exercise class given that our name is Hop Skip and Jump.

The Hop Skip and Jump Foundation provides respite care centres for disabled children and their families

Reverend Celia Carter is a founding trustee of the Hop Skip and Jump Foundation

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