PRESS RELEASE – Issue date: July 1st, 2016.
The well-known former CEO of The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, Richard Shaw MBE became President of the Rotary Club of Hunstanton & District on Wednesday, June 29th at the official ‘hand over dinner’. Richard will serve as President until June 2017. Outgoing President, Adrian Evans, said “It has been an amazing year for me personally but also for the Club. We have a great group of people and even more members now, so I am delighted to pass the Presidency to Richard, knowing as I do that the whole Club will be firmly behind his plans for the coming year.”
Richard has a successful professional history as a company director and business owner and also became the Director of Fundraising and Education for the Teenage Cancer Trust from 2004, raising much needed awareness about the issues of cancer in teenagers and young adults as well as funds for specialist wards in NHS Cancer Centres but also funds for specialist nurses and support workers. This particular charity had a personal link for Richard, because he had cancer needing multiple treatments and surgeries during his teenage years.
Richard became a Trustee at The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House, in 2008 and then took over as CEO of the charity in 2010. As the county is well aware, the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House, is the only hospice available and relies on 90% funding to support its work and, of course, the building of the new hospice was completed in 2014 just before Richard retired.
Richard is very clear about the priorities that will be the focus of the Rotary Club of Hunstanton & District during his year as President. Richard said at a recent meeting, “We must give local young people the support they need to make the best of the opportunities that are out there. We have excellent schools and I am keen to expand the support we give them. They often get a raw deal and the Club already has a reputation for giving assistance and encouragement to those young people who have asked for our support, as well as the donations we give to other causes and organisations. In particular, mental health in general is finally becoming more than a just talking point and action is what’s needed. Never has this been more relevant than it is today for the increasing numbers of people affected by it – and notably for the rising numbers of young sufferers.
“This year, the Club will continue with its traditional areas of fundraising and I have to say I am looking forward to our major events – the Norton Railway weekend on July 30th/31st and especially the hugely popular Kite & Classic Car Festival on August 21st. I also look forward to hearing from people in the Hunstanton area that perhaps we could help, as we do so many other local organisations. It’s going to be a great year.”
Richard is married to Sue, also a Rotarian and they have two children and a granddaughter. He chairs two local charities, The Hunstanton and District Foodbank and West Norfolk Deaf Association.