Thank you Jenny!
As I leave public life!!!, I have been asked to write of my connection with PMNW. I retired from teaching in 1998 and was asked to run the magistrates schools project. At the time I was also promoting Rock Challenge and through visiting a school with PC Kate Atkins, I stumbled upon a Crime Day. I was so impressed and realised it was a wonderful way for the Magistrates to visit schools.
We were in Sir Henry Cooper when Paul asked me to consider becoming a Trustee. My first meeting was at the Birdseye Factory and I got lost. Since then I have gained in confidence and enjoyed the evolvement. We were soon meeting in the Deep and I saw Emma taking minutes. I used to teach Emma so that our relationship has always been strong and I have been thrilled to see her blossom within the ever expanding organisation.
I cannot possibly name all the prison officers I have met. Their courtesy, humour, generosity and dedication is exemplary and I have felt so privileged to say ‘I know a lot of prison officers’. They are a fine body of men and women.
We have been up and down and I will not mention the highs and lows, but I know I leave the Trust in safe hands. At 70 I am no longer able to call myself a JP, but as you all know I shall continue to beat the drum and I know we have a very worthwhile charity delivered by very special people.
Thank you for all the success