President's Message 2018

250th President Dr Ros Kennedy

250th President Dr Ros Kennedy

Dr Ros Kennedy is a retired GP and has lived in Bristol for nearly 40 years. Since stopping work, she has become a trustee with Bristol Charities and BDP. She was High Sheriff of Bristol 2015-16 which she greatly enjoyed and loved spending time supporting local charities and the statutory services in Bristol.

She recently became Chair of the Local Governing Body of Bristol Cathedral Choir School, which became an Academy in 2008. She also works with two local charities, Access Sport and Step & Stone, which support disabled and disadvantaged young people.

She is married with three sons and four grandchildren.

It is a great honour for me to be chosen to be the Anchor Society President in the year when the Society celebrates its 250th year. I am very grateful for all the help and support I have received from previous Presidents and other members and I want to thank all of them for what they have each done to develop Anchor into the exciting, forward looking Society which it has become in recent years. I particularly want to thank Steve West, our President in 2018 for all he his hard work for the Society, especially with the excellent new website developed by some of students at UWE.

In my year as President, I am looking forward to us continuing to support both the Sphere Project at Bristol University and the exciting research taking place at the Robotics Laboratory at UWE. I am also keen for us to explore new options for providing accommodation for elderly people, including looking into the possibility of intergenerational living. As a retired GP, I am looking forward to visiting and meeting the beneficiaries of our charity and finding out more about their lives and how we help them. With increasing numbers of elderly people in our community and the challenges they can face with loneliness and disability, our support and help to them becomes increasingly important. We hope that intergenerational living might have a positive impact on these challenges.

We are planning to remember our 250th birthday with a splendid event next summer. This will be a wonderful chance to bring members and beneficiaries of the Society together and celebrate what we have done. We shall be telling everyone more about this exciting event on our website as our plans progress in the new year. I feel very lucky to be so well supported by Richard Pendlebury our Chief Executive and Catherine Watts our Administrator.

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