This week is Trustee Week and we have interviewed some members of our Board of Trustees to show the important work do as a volunteer, and to thank them for their contribution, here is Lucy Williams.

Q: What attracted you to become a trustee for Family Fund? How long have you sat on the board?

A: When I heard about the position, I thought that it was something that I could do where I would be able to use some of my skills from my previous career as a solicitor. I gave up my career after the birth of my son, who is severely disabled, and wanted to do something partly for myself, but also I thought it was a great opportunity to be able to support other families with disabled children. I’ve sat on the Board for just over a year, since September 2015.

Q: Do you do any volunteering, or are you involved with any other charities?

A: I’m not currently, but I have been involved with other charities in the past. I have been a befriender with Scope and taken part in the training for that, and I was also involved with a local charity in my area who organise coffee mornings for parents raising disabled children.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about being a Trustee?

A: It’s closely linked to the reasons I applied, but aside from Family Fund being a great cause, from a personal point of view, it’s been a chance to show who I am as a person rather than just as a carer, and to use the skills I developed during my career. I’ve only been in the post for a year, but it’s been a brilliant year for Family Fund. As the annual review shows, we’ve helped a record number of families in the past year which is fantastic, and I think this is an achievement everybody involved should be proud of.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a trustee?

A: I’d definitely encourage people to apply to be a Trustee. It’s a great way to use your skills to support a charity whilst also learning new ones, and of course it’s a really rewarding experience. I think there is also a real sense of achievement in knowing that you’re helping others.