Family Support Work Announces Five Charity Champions

Family Support Work Announces Five Charity Champions

Sussex charity, Family Support Work (FSW), is pleased to announce the appointment of five “Charity Champions”.

The charity, which has been in operation since 1890, works to support disadvantaged children and families through challenging times in their lives. This could include such issues as low income and poverty; mental and physical health; learning difficulties, non-attendance in school or even exclusion. The charity’s plethora of support services also includes much-needed support with issues such as family bereavement, family break-ups, and domestic abuse.

The Champions, many of whom are well known in the local area, are, Caroline and Jonathan Lucas (Sussex County President of St John’s and High Sheriff of West Sussex 2014); Maureen Chowen DL (High Sheriff of East Sussex 2017); Caroline Nicholls DL (High Sheriff of West Sussex 2018), and Denise Patterson DL (High Sheriff of West Sussex 2015).

The roles, all of which are voluntary, are part of FSW’s 2019/20 strategic objectives to increase awareness of its work throughout Sussex and attract new beneficiaries and supporters. The Champions will help to promote FSW’s great work across the county and introduce new audiences to its services.

Martin Auton-Lloyd, CEO of Family Support Work, said: “I am thrilled with the appointment of our charity champions. Being able to work with such notable figures in Sussex is a privilege and I am sure each one will be able to bring their different skill sets to the role.

Each one of them will have an essential part in ensuring that people across Sussex are aware of Family Support Work and how best to access the support that FSW can provide to families in need.”

The Rt Rev Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester, President of Family Support Work, said: I am delighted to welcome Caroline Nicholls, Denise Patterson, Maureen Chowen, together with Jonathan and Caroline Lucas as Champions for FSW.  Each of these new Champions already has a distinguished track record of public service and we are hugely fortunate that they will be supporting FSW.

Their willingness to serve in this capacity is an indication of the serious plight that many families are in, and the important work that FSW is doing, at the local level, to improve the quality of life for children and their parents who are in most need.

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