What does Coram, Life Education Bristol do?
We provide a mobile high-tech classroom, plus trainer and educators for primary schools linking with personal social health education – “helping children make healthy choices”.
What is your background?
I was born in County Antrim, moved to Bristol in 1982 where I worked as a technical manager for chemical giants Unilever in its cosmetics division.
How did you first get involved in Charity work?
I first got involved in community work as Chairman of Sneyd Park Residents’ Association in Bristol and through this, with colleagues, helped restore a 1938 wooden bus shelter on Clifton Downs and rebuild an ancient stone wall along half mile Mariner’s Path. Joining Bristol Rotary Club in 1990 I helped recruit 100 marshals for the International Festival of the Sea in 1996 and later, as District Governor in 2002/2003, hearing about the deaths of 2 Rotarians from Prostate Cancer, offered Rotary’s services to the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead . This resulted in the annual 5km Run for the Future on Bristol Downs which since 2006 has raised £280,000 for research into Prostate Cancer in Bristol’s 2 Universities and helped build the profile of that Centre of Excellence.
How did you become a part of Coram, Life Education Bristol?
In 1997 I was a founder member of the Coram, Life Education Centre with a grant from the John James Foundation in 2002 we expanded the service and now visit 66 primary schools and around 15,000 children a year.
We hear you’ve been nominated for some awards?
In 2009 I was nominated for one of four centenary honorary degrees which were being offered by Bristol University to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its opening.