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Wendy Cooper Forage Aid

Forage Aid Bids Farewell to Wendy

A valued member of the Forage Aid team will be leaving this month for pastures new.

For more than three years Administrator Wendy Cooper has been at the heart of the charity’s work by organising its ongoing business and communications, providing a point of contact, managing donations and finances, liaising with donors, farm applicants and other third parties, and overseeing good governance and the requirements of the Charity Commission.

Farmer’s daughter Wendy had ten years working in the farming industry under her belt when she joined Forage Aid in January 2018 and this role was a change in direction for her. She is now moving on due to the demands of an expanding family and having to juggle other work commitments.

“I’ve loved working with Forage Aid,” says Wendy. “It’s given me a feeling of great job satisfaction and accomplishment, especially following a weather event.”

“I acted as the main interface with the farmers affected by the devastation of a flash flood event which couldn’t have been planned for. The stress caused by these events is immense and my role was an important cog in the wheel in ensuring the charity’s objectives and mission statement are met in a timely manner.

“The response and generosity shown by the UK farming industry following a weather event was very humbling to see. The charity relies on donations of feed and bedding to be able to function.

“Likewise, seeing first-hand the gratitude of the farms receiving help gave me a great sense of achievement in alleviating some of the stresses caused.

“I will be sad to leave. I’ve been extremely proud to be associated with Forage Aid, and the Trustees are a great bunch of people and form the backbone of the charity.”

The trustees are extremely grateful for all Wendy’s hard work and will also be sad to see her go.

“All of us at Forage Aid would like to thank Wendy for her time and dedication over the last few years,” says Trustee Rebecca Horsington. “She has been a great person to have on the team and has definitely helped drive the charity forward with her hard work and professionalism. We will miss her sorely and wish her all the best for the future.”

Forage Aid is very pleased to be welcoming new Administrator Kate Rider aboard this month following a handover period.

“We are now looking forward to seeing what Kate will do and it is exciting to have a pair of fresh eyes focussing on the charity,” says Rebecca.

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