Friday, 24 September 2021

Charity chairman retires after 24 years

THE chairman of a Henley charity has retired after 24 years.

THE chairman of a Henley charity has retired after 24 years.

Former RAF navigator George Leslie, 86, took up the position with Henley Volunteer Drivers in 1991, when it was known as Community Help.

It used to help the town?s elderly residents with household tasks but now it transports them to medical appointments only.

It changed its name to the Henley Volunteer Bureau in the late Nineties then adopted its current title in 2013.

Mr Leslie, who moved to Henley with his wife Mildred in 1962 and was widowed in 2007, was awarded this year?s town medal for service to the community.

At the charity?s annual meeting last week, Mayor Lorraine Hillier presented him with a bottle of wine and a book of images of Henley by photographer Jim Donahue.

He is succeeded by volunteer driver Annie Lathaen, of Reading Road, Henley, who was unanimously elected to replace him. Mr Leslie, of St Andrew?s Road, Henley, said he would continue to help the charity.

He said: ?I have had the pleasure of working with some wonderful volunteers and have always benefited from a top-class committee.

?Our volunteers are highly dedicated and cover their many commitments with a cheery smile no matter what.

?After 24 years, I feel my time as chairman is over and now is the right moment to move onwards and upwards.

?It gives me great pleasure to hand over to Annie, who I?m sure will keep up our proud tradition of service to clients in Henley.?

Ms Lathaen said: ?I would like to thank George for the wonderful work he has done and hope I can do as much good as he has done.?

The charity, which is based in Market Place, is keen to hear from drivers who can volunteer.

For more information, call (01491) 572923 between 10.15am and noon during the week.

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