Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Parliamentarians support Trustees' Week

Liberal Democrat Peer Baroness Benjamin, Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd MP and Shadow Minister for Civil Society Gareth Thomas MP have each expressed support for Trustees' Week and the important role trustees play in society.

Baroness Benjamin, also known for presenting children's television programme Play School, said: "As a trustee myself, I know at first hand the difference charities make to people's lives and to our communities. Trustees' Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the work of all those who give their time and commitment as charity trustees."

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP said: "Trustees' Week - now in its second year - celebrates the fantastic work charity trustees do up and down the country and to change lives. But almost half of the charities in England and Wales have a vacancy on their board. There has never been a better time for people to find out about trusteeship and what it might mean for them and their community, and to get involved."

Shadow Minister for Civil Society, Gareth Thomas MP said: "800,000 trustees in England and Wales give up their time to run charities and they deserve our gratitude for the great work they do in our society. I'm supporting Trustees' Week 2011 and want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in running their local charities".

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