Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Chiltern Centre thanks retired director

A LONG-SERVING manager at the Chiltern Centre for disabled children has been thanked for her contribution

A LONG-SERVING manager at the Chiltern Centre for disabled children has been thanked for her contribution.

Marian Lee, who retired as director of services at the centre in February, was praised at the charity?s annual meeting on Friday.

She was interim manager in 2003 when Oxfordshire County Council stopped funding what was then known as the Chiltern Resource Centre. She spearheaded protests which led to the centre re-opening as an independent, not-for-profit organisation a year later.

Mrs Lee, 59, of St Helen?s Crescent, Benson, returned to the centre for the meeting and lunch with her former colleagues.

Paul Barrett, the centre?s chairman of trustees, said: ?I have on so many occasions reiterated the enormous depth of gratitude which we owe to Marian. She put her job on the line to stay here and we wouldn?t be here without the sacrifices she made all those years ago. We started off with a very uncertain future after the centre was shut down and carrying it on was act of faith made possible only by Marian agreeing to stay on.

?Her 11 years of service are testament to her dedication and professionalism, which have seen us now receiving outstanding Ofsted reports and winning many accolades.?

Mrs Lee shared the top prize at this year?s Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards. A charitable fund has been launched in her name to provide care for families who aren?t eligible for council funding.

• The Chiltern Centre is to hold a learning disability awareness day in partnership with South Oxfordshire Mencap in Henley tomorrow. (Saturday). There will be exhibitions in Market Place and King?s Arms Barn throughout the day and at 11.45am the Mencap Meteor Club will be singing on the town hall steps.

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