This week signifies the first day of spring, a season of new beginnings and changes from the cold (hopefully) and dark, into brighter warmer times. Where better a time to introduce myself as I take up the new and very exciting reins as Chairperson of this amazing charity I am so proud to get the chance to be involved with.
My name is Lynsey Pope and I am an (almost!) married mum of 2 and live in the Camborne Redruth area. Cornish born and bred, I am a qualified Veterinary Nurse and have been working in various practices in Cornwall for the last 20 years. I have additional qualifications in behaviour and a keen interest in canine epilepsy. I also run a Holistic animal therapy business offering therapies to animals such as acupressure and reiki.
Boxers have been a part of my life for a very long time! I came home from hospital as a newborn to share my first few years with a male boxer called Brett from the famous Wardrobe line and whilst my parents branched out into English Bull terriers , as soon as I left home at 18 my very own first boxer found me. Over the years I have been lucky enough to share my life with 5 incredible boxers the most famous of which being Boycie! I have shown , bred and been owned by a boxer for over 18 years but currently am without one as we heal from losing our precious boy.
I am the head nurse at Companion Care vets in Truro and it was whilst on the reception desk here that I,by chance, got talking to Angie Fryett. As soon as she said she was from CSDBR I knew in some shape or form this conversation was going to cost me! Since that time I have supported , helped fundraise as much as I could , and then went on to become the veterinary advisor in 2015 before being asked to take the role of chair. To say I am flattered to be asked is an understatement.
I have some knowledge of the charity before this date but with the help of the other fantastic trustees am keen to see this as a fresh start. In the past I think its fair to say things haven’t always run as efficiently as they could have . Lessons have certainly been learnt and procedures changed with advice from regulatory bodies and implementing new protocols, and with this new outlook and robust measures we hope this will give any supporters the confidence that we need to help keep this charity afloat, in the black and helping as many boxers that need us as we can. We don’t ever want to be in a position that we have to say no.
Supporters and active members are the lifeblood of any charity and this one is no different. I am proud as punch to be working with such a professional and passionate bunch of trustees but we can only keep this moving with the help of you the active supporters. There are many ways you can help us and over the coming weeks we hope to start sharing with you some of our ideas and suggestions in ways we can drum up support and fundraise from fostering to financial assistance , fundraising to skills and time donating. We all of course would be delighted to hear from you any ideas you may have or anything you like or dislike. There may also be a few ‘new look’ things and merchandising branded items we hope to be able to offer.
We all hope you see these changes as we do, positive , practical and pushing this charity to be the best it can be and therefore stick to the mantra we all work towards. ‘We do it for the dogs and any decision we make will always be for them’.
We are keen to view this time as the opportunity for a fresh start, fresh team and fresh ideas and hope you will too.
I really look forward to meeting and speaking with you all in times to come.
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