Women’s Institute Annual Council Meeting

Honoured to be a guest speaker at the Leicestershire and Rutland Women’s Institute Annual Council Meeting to explain the role of High Sheriff and speak about my experiences during my year in the role.   A wonderful opportunity to raise the profile and work of all High Sheriff’s in England and Wales (there are none in Scotland) and answer some insightful questions.  

It was a privilege to meet the other guest speaker Polly Toynbee, columnist and writer, who spoke about her early life and class in Britain today and her new book on this subject.  

The Women’s Institute was originally set up to give women a voice and to be a force for good in the community.  Today their vision is to connect, support and empower women.  

I am very grateful to Women’s Institute for their generous donation to the Leicestershire High Sheriff Fund which I have established as my legacy for Leicestershire.  

Thank you for a warm welcome and being so interested in the role of the High Sheriff.  My biggest audience (800) and longest speech (30mins) so far! 

Canine Partners were the guest charity who explained how they transform the lives of people with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs. They brought along May (the dog) and her partner who explained how May’s assistance with everyday tasks was life changing for her and her husband. May, of course, rightly stole the show! 

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