Richard Astle, who has served as Shine’s Chairman for just over 13 years, bid farewell at the charity’s AGM on Thursday.
In a heartfelt address to the members, Richard (pictured with Shine CEO, Kate Steele, above) said:
“Shine is a wonderful charity and we can be very proud of what it achieves and what it stands for. Much has changed during my term as Chair, but in essence nothing has changed – Shine remains dedicated to the interests of its members and has passion and compassion at its heart. It has been my privilege to be Chair of Shine, I have learnt a lot and been frequently humbled by the achievements and courage of our staff and our members.”
During his tenure, Richard took on various challenges for Shine, including a 50 mile walk, overseas treks, the iconic London Marathon, Dales Destroyer, and a ‘dash’ across Stamford with 130 Santas, complete with yellow moustaches! Richard engaged many friends in these endeavours, which raised £42,500 to pay for a brand new Health Hub at Shine’s head office in Park Road, offering specialist health checks for members with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. Richard has also been a key player in developing Shine in the City, which aims to build upon a spirit of partnership to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with businesses.Now Richard is embarking on a 12 day trek in Costa Rica to raise funds for the charity during it's golden anniversary year. He added: “So much has been achieved by Shine during the last 50 years. The service and support it provides are vital.”
Taking over the reins from Richard will be Mark Noakes, Head of Logistics at Marks and Spencer, Castle Donington, who is due to take up the role of Chair at Shine’s Board meeting on 8th December.