For the first time in its 29 year history, Choices have a patron: he is the Revd Dr Jeremy Morris, Master of Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge. Jeremy was first introduced to members of the organisation at their Annual General Meeting last autumn. The outgoing Chair of Trustees was thrilled to announce to the team of volunteer counsellors and staff that Choices was to have a patron for the first time.
Jeremy, who worked in management consultancy and university management before training for the Anglican ordained ministry, views a large part of his role, as patron, is to help raise much-needed funds for the charity.
He says “I am delighted to be able to support Choices in its work, and particularly in its efforts to raise funds to support their important service providing counselling for people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. While there is increased public awareness of child sexual abuse; there is much less awareness of the impact of this abuse on adults who have been abused, whether as children or as adults, and of their need for ongoing help. Choices has been a lifeline for many people over the years, and yet it relies increasingly on voluntary support and giving. As a patron, I see my task as seeking to encourage the giving that will enable this charity to continue into the future.”