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I joined the Army straight from school and served for 34 years until 2005. The charity sector seemed a natural choice for a second career as I’d got a lot out of charities as a child, having belonged to the Cubs, Scouts and the Pony Club. A life in the military is very much about service – the motto at Sandhurst is ‘Serve to Lead’. The charity sector requires a similar approach and I felt it was an opportunity to use whatever skills I’d built up in the Army and put them back into the charity world.

 

My first job in the charity sector was with Canterbury Cathedral, where I learnt a lot about charities, charity governance, trustees and fundraising. I was then approached and asked to put my hat in the ring for the job as Chief Executive of the RMBI (Royal Masonic Benevolence Institution) and was lucky enough to become Chief Executive in May 2008. I became the Chief Executive of the MCF in 2016.

 

We provide a huge range of support for people who really are in need and we do it with a fantastic group of people. Whether it’s a grant we’ve made, a service we’ve provided or care that we’ve delivered through the RMBI Care Co. – knowing that it’s going to people who really need help is a brilliant feeling. Personally, I’ve worked with all sorts of people and I think we have a fantastic team here that works incredibly hard; it’s hugely rewarding to be part of an organisation like that.

David, Chief Executive

Our Impact

St Cuthbert’s Hospice

The Family Support Team at St Cuthbert’s Hospice provides emotional, psychological, spiritual and practical support to individuals, children and families who are affected by life limiting illness, bereavement and grief. Pathways through bereavement In October 2019, St Cuthbert’s began working with a wide range of people from the local community to find out what kind…

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Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Bereavement Help Points in Cheshire This grant is helping the Hospice of the Good Shepherd to establish informal drop-in sessions in communities across Cheshire. These Bereavement Help Points offer a wide range of assistance; including emotional peer support, advice from trained volunteers, and printed resources to take away. They began work on the project in…

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St Elizabeth Hospice

This grant helped St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich to work with primary and secondary schools to improve support for pupils following bereavement. By giving teachers the skills to respond to their pupils’ grief early on, the project aims to prevent long-term difficulties in emotional well-being. Bereavement training for schools In September 2019 the Emotional Wellbeing…

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Bolton Hospice

Specialist training for local teachers The grant allowed the Bolton Hospice education team to develop specialist training for local teachers to support teenagers going through a bereavement. The training will help to improve the experience of teenagers dealing with loss, grief and bereavement, providing school staff with the knowledge and skills they need to support…

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