Springboard founder Ann Ramsey steps down after 30 years

PUBLISHED: 17:00 19 July 2017

Founder Ann Ramsey and her daughter pictured with guests at a tea party in her honor.

Founder Ann Ramsey and her daughter pictured with guests at a tea party in her honor.

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The co-founder of a Weston-super-Mare-based charity which has supported thousands of children with additional needs and disabilities has stepped down from her role after 30 years.

Founder Ann Ramsey is retiring after 30 years.Founder Ann Ramsey is retiring after 30 years.

Ann Ramsey, along with a group of mums, helped to form Springboard Opportunity Group in 1986 and went on to be the co-chairman for the charity.

The charity is based at the Ashcombe Children’s Centre, in Stepping Stone Walk, and Ann said she did not imagine it would still be running 30 years later.

She said: “Early on we worked on our instincts and responded to the needs of growing numbers of children and families and we rarely got it wrong.

“Today we continue in the same way but using our considerable experience and knowledge and guidance from families about what they need.

“Springboard paved the way and shaped services for children with additional needs and disabilities in North Somerset.”

A tea party was organised to celebrate Ann’s 30 years at the charity, and former volunteers and parents went along.

Co-chairman Joanne Harris said: “It is going to be a very big change for her and for us.

“The whole inspiration for Springboard was her, and she has persevered with it and supported us the whole way through.”

Chair of trustees Louise Petersen added: “What Ann has done has been absolutely phenomenal.”

The inspiration to start Springboard came from Ann’s daughter Grace, who joined her at the tea party.

Ann will not end her involvement in Springboard entirely, as she has been chosen to step into the role of honorary president.

Ann said: “I was very grateful to my Springboard friends and colleagues for their heart-warming send-off afternoon tea.

“I feel very proud to have been part of the formation of Springboard, helping to make it the unique and cherished organisation it is today.

“I’m going to miss everyone like crazy and there will be a big Springboard-shaped hole in my life for a while.”

Ann thanked everyone who has ever attended or volunteered at Springboard and urged people to keep supporting the charity.

Liz Smith will take on Ann’s role, and more volunteers are being sought for a number of roles.

Anyone interested in finding out more can email info@springboardweb.org.uk

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