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”
Liz Trevarton- Trustee – Cornwall
Liz lives in mid Cornwall and works as a Practice Manager in a GPs practice. Liz lives with her husband, 2 grown up sons, 1 dog, 2 pigs, 6 goats, 2 cats, numerous chickens & ducks, a tortoise and a Rankins Dragon! Liz says ” I was sad to learn that memorials for the Nurses and VADs are practically non-existant. I am honoured to be part of Wenches In Trenches and to help in the cause that is so close to all our hearts ”
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.
Barbara Peet – Volunteer – Liverpool
Barbara was born in Belfast but now lives in Liverpool. Her father was in the Royal Navy then the RAF. Barbara has been a registered nurse since 1980. Barbara says ” I am massively proud of my country and it’s armed forces past & present. I am very proud to represent Wenches In Trenches here in Liverpool”
Jan Jones – Volunteer – Manchester
Julie Cauvin – Researcher – Kent
Heidi Sandford – Researcher – East Berkshire
Heidi is a freelance artist and illustrator who lives in East Berkshire. Ever since she was little she has had a fascination with both World Wars but especially the Great War and the Western Front. Heidi fervently believes that the roles women undertook in the war should be more widely recognised and remembered.
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 – Volunteer – London
Heather Thompson – Volunteer – Northern Ireland
Heather is a retired Practice Nurse from Co Armagh. Most of her career was spent in A&E throughout the years of civil disturbance in her province. Heather served as a case officer with SSAFA for 5 years. Barbara’s father was an RAF bomber pilot. She has a significant interest in military and police history. Heather says ” I feel that the profile of the brave VADs and Nurses must be raised and a greater awareness made of their role during the WW! conflict”
Graham Evans – Volunteer – Northern Ireland
Graham served a total of 38 years in the military both full time and as a reservist. Graham is the founder member of the Irish Great War Society. He holds a combined honours degree in Modern history. Graham has a keen interest in WW1, particularly in the medical side. Over the years he has amassed an impressive collection of medical items, enough to form a full medical dressing station & small field hospital. Wenches In Trenches are proud to now have the field hospital in our inventory.
Sarah Stewart is a Historian specialising in family military genealogy. Sarah has been involved in a project marking the centenary of the Great War and with the backing of Heritage Lottery Funding she is currently working on a two-year project using her archival expertise and military knowledge, studying the men, families and local communities affected during the fighting. As a result of her research for the project she has been a guest speaker at the National Archives Conference “Voices of the First World War,” and will be at the University of Canterbury ‘Gateways to the First World War: End of Phase 1 2016’ event in November 2016. Sarah launched her own Research company last November, Your History Revealed, and is now involved with various projects looking into both World War One and Two.
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.