Area Co-ordinators Report

Christopher & Grace Dronsfield  – South Pennines


We joined SOS, as Area Co-ordinators for the Huddersfield Area in Yorkshire, in January 2013 and this past year has been an exciting one where we have been able to begin to put the SOS charity in the forefront of people’s minds in and around Huddersfield.

We have attended local fairs and had awareness & fundraising stalls in supermarkets and banks. The support that we have received has been so encouraging and this has enabled us to be able to send between 30-50 care parcels, each month, out to British troops serving in Afghanistan. At Christmas, it was wonderful to be able to send 150 Christmas-themed parcels out and the E-blueys that we have received back from some of the recipients shows just how much the parcels are appreciated and enjoyed.

Our first year as Area Co-ordinators has been such an important part of our family life, because our daughters both enjoy making up the parcels with us, and we are now looking forward to our second year. The exciting news is that our area has now increased and we are now the “South Pennines Area” which covers the Metropolitan Boroughs of Kirklees (Yorkshire), Calderdale (Yorkshire), Oldham (Lancashire), Tameside (Lancashire and Cheshire) and the town of Glossop (Derbyshire). We are really looking forward to developing our work by raising awareness, support and funds in our enlarged area over the course of 2014…and beyond.

We really enjoy our work, as Area Co-ordinators, and are so pleased that we made contact with Agnes Hunter and joined the “Team”.  All of the time and effort that we put into our role is so worthwhile because we know just how much the British troops appreciate the work of SOS.

Who are we?

Christopher is an Assistant Practitioner on the Day Surgery & Endoscopy Unit at Tameside General Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire.

Grace is an Inclusion Officer with Kirklees Council. She advises staff and parents of children in schools, playgroups & pre-schools where there are behavioural. learning and communication difficulties that need addressing.

We live in the village of Meltham which is near Holmfirth and better known as “Last of the Summer Wine Country”. Meltham is on the northern edge of the Peak District National Park and is set amidst spectacular moorland scenery with the Pennine Way long-distance walk running along the edge of Meltham.

We have two daughters – Katy is 20 years old and is an undergraduate at Leeds Metropolitan University and also a keen netball player. Emily is 15 years old and is in Year 10 at Holmfirth High School and in the midst of her GCSE studies. She plays the clarinet and tuba.

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