My Week: Peter Saunders talks to the media and cleans the office

Peter Saunders
Peter Saunders

Monday - I have an early meeting at the Ministry of Justice, where I run through our new five-year plan. I've visited the building several times but I'm always blown away by its grandeur. Our new fundraiser, Anne, is in the office when I return. I am delighted to hear she doesn't find our offices too poky. I head out to film two interviews for the BBC.

Tuesday - I'm glad to see Anne sitting at her desk - it's always reassuring when good people come back. I make her some coffee before tackling my inbox. With my relentless media schedule, I wonder if it's time to take up the trustees' offer of a PA. After lunch, I make my way to the ITV offices in Millbank to talk about the Jimmy Savile allegations once again.

Wednesday - I like to collar people and ask difficult questions about abuse. Many are unwilling to listen, but the occasional few will hear me out. While waiting to go on Sky News, I chat to an important editor. He was very interested to hear that providing support services for abuse survivors would bring great savings for our overstretched economy. I leave with his business card and the promise of a meeting to discuss Napac's views.

Thursday - I make my way to Millbank: I have 11 radio interviews on the trot. I bump into Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, and we both outline our hopes for the new child abuse prosecution guidelines. Anne is finishing her first week, so we have a catch up. Despite the huge press attention on abuse, Napac is a small charity, so I'm keen to make our new employees feel at home.

Friday - I spend the day quietly going through my inbox. The chief executive of Stand Alone, a new charity we are helping, comes round to pick up her post. She's had some good news on a funding decision and her relief reminds me of Napac's early days. When everyone has left, I get out the vacuum. Cleaning the office at the end of the week is still one of the most satisfying tasks in running the charity.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood supports adults who have been abused as children.

Peter Saunders is chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood

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