Here at Wenches In Trenches we could not do what we do without the help and support of a brilliant and enthusiastic team. From the trustees to the local volunteers, everyone has their part to play in the smooth running of the company. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone that gives up their time to make Wenches In Trenches what it is. We would like to introduce some of the fabulous people that help us.
Sue Robinson FRSA – Founder & Events Manager – Cornwall
Sue has lived in Cornwall for many years. Sue holds a degree in History and has a particular interest in The Somme. Having worked for many charities and foundations over the years, she now heads Wenches In Trenches. Sue founded Wenches In Trenches in 2007. Sue’s grannie was a VAD in WW1 and a trained Nurse in WW2 and is the inspiration for Sue’s drive to get the VADs and Nurses the recognition they deserve.
Suzanna Green – Secretary – Co Durham
Suzanna joined Wenches In Trenches in 2011 when she lived in Cornwall. Suzanna’s husband is an Army Veteran, as is her father, father-in-law and most of her male relatives. Suzanna joined Wenches as she feels very strongly that the memory of the Nusres & VADs needs to be preserved as well as helping those who have been injured due their military service and their families. Now living in the North East, Suzanna continues to be an extremely active member of the team.
Sue McGill – Trustee – Cornwall
Sue first became interested in WW1 after hearing stories of her grandfather from her mother. He was injured on two occasions in France and sadly died before even meeting his daughter. Sue says “I was delighted to become involved with Wenches In Trenches as it gave me the opportunity to find out more about what life must have been like for those in France during the war. Visiting the area where my grandad fought gave me a great sense of peace and finality”
Sue Williams – VAD & Nurse Research – Gloucestershire
Sue has been a Mental Health Nurse for over 33 years, qualifying as a psychiatric nurse in 1985. Sue remains passionate and dedicated to her role now as a community nurse in Gloucestershire. Sue has a life-long interest in WW1 and those who experienced the conflict of the war, whether at home or on the Western Front. She has a particular interest in the legacy of WW1 in terms of mental health services and the ground breaking treatments of the day.
Julie Cauvin – Researcher – Kent
Martin Mitchell – Volunteer – Yorkshire
I am Sergeant Martin Dave Mitchell or Mitch. I am from Yeovil in Somerset. When I was 12 I went to boarding school in Devon. Then, following college joined the British Army and after successfully passing recruit training joined the Coldstream Guards. I have served operationally in Northern Ireland 7 times, the Falkland Islands, Iraq and twice in Afghanistan. I am a Master Tailor currently working at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick. I am married to Heidi with 4 children and 1 grandchild. Myself and Heidi are going to be renewing our wedding vows at the Guards chapel, Wellington Barracks in October 2017 on our 25 wedding anniversary.
Sarah Snow – Researcher & Translator – London
Sarah lives in the South East of England and is currently working as a History teacher. She has lived abroad for many years. Having been brought up in Belgium and schooled in France, Sarah is the perfect choice to be our translator.
Gary recently retired from teaching after more than 40 years. He has been involved with teaching vulnerable students for the whole of his career which included time as Head of Special Needs in mainstream schools and Principal of three PRUs in Cornwall. His most recent posting, AP Academy (PRU), was rated “Outstanding” in all areas by OFstead. GAry said ” Before I retired in June 2017 I was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by West Briton newspaper as part of the Cornwall Teacher Awards” We are very proud to have Gary as part of our team
Simon Weston CBE
I am deeply flattered to have been asked to be patron to this wonderful organisation.
It has been my privilege to have been asked to go and speak at many events up and down the UK and over the years I have met some fantastic inspirational people, none more so than the women at Wenches in Trenches. Not only do they spend their day caring for those in need but in their spare time, they give up 2 days a year to raise money for many small charities, all of which rely on the donations they receive.
My mother was a district nurse so have some understanding of the hard work nurses do, so to go this extra mile is remarkable.
As a man with a military background, I am obviously thrilled to see so many military charities supported and especially pleased to see these nurses helping to recognise the medical personnel who sadly lost their lives in some of the tragic conflicts that have taken place. If you get a chance to support this organisation, I really encourage you to do so. Congratulations to you all and I hope one day I can join you on your walk (if I am allowed too off course)
I’m so proud to be a patron of the organisation Wenches In Trenches, honouring and remembering the extraordinary courage and passionate dedication of the military, civilian and volunteer nurses of World War 1. (picture courtesy of Dan Hall)
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.