Sarah Rowland has been a solicitor for 25 years – she specialises in medical law at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield and became a trustee of Helen’s Trust in 2014.
Sarah explained: ‘I live in a small village near Bakewell, in the Derbyshire Dales. I got to know Helen’s Trust because it’s a very popular local charity and I started volunteering at the Chatsworth 10k run. I persuaded a team of people from work to get up very early on a Sunday morning to run the water station, which was part way round the route, and we’ve been volunteering as a team every year since then. I built up more of a relationship with the Helen’s Trust team, and they asked me to become a trustee in 2014.
‘My trustee role involves input into the charity’s strategy and making sure that our governance is sound. I attend board meetings and trustee strategy days, as well as volunteering at fundraising events and trying to raise the profile of the charity in our local area. It is really rewarding to be part of a small, local charity because you can see the difference that the team makes to people in our community who need support at a difficult time. It has also been a great way to introduce my son to volunteering at community events – when he was young he used to say that he worked for Helen’s Trust!
‘Now that Helen’s Trust and Blythe House have come together as one charity, we can do even more great work to support our communities – I’m looking forward to an exciting future ahead!’