Tribute to Roger Keenan

Community Network and its current and past trustees were deeply saddened to learn of the death on 28th December 2013 of Roger Keenan.  Roger served as a highly-valued trustee of the charity between 2000 and 2010.  He was the first trustee to provide an in-depth technical awareness on the Board, in combination with an acute commercial sense – both so vital to the organisation.  It was his early success in personally building a very successful telephony-related business which led us to approach him about trusteeship.  He was a very great asset to Community Network.

His fellow trustees recall him as full of energy, ideas and enthusiasm – such a live wire, disseminating his energy in a wide arc.  His practical intelligence and his ability to see new angles on challenging situations for the charity were invaluable.  And his generosity of spirit, loyalty and good companionship were hallmarks of the friend and true colleague that he was to all of us.

Fabulous fundraisers from Watch Ashore

This week is all about our Seafarers Link project and the work it does to support former members of the Royal Navy, Merchant Navy and the UK’s fishing fleet.

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited to speak to the Plymouth and District branch of Watch Ashore. The national organisation was founded in 1933 to allow wives, girlfriends, mothers, daughters and sisters of Merchant Navy Officers to get to know and support each other whilst their loved ones were at sea.

I received a fantastic welcome from the ladies of Watch Ashore and an insight into lives of seafarers and their families at home.

The members of the Plymouth & District Watch Ashore are also amazing fundraisers and through a number of events have raised £700 for Community Network’s Seafarers Link project. Our thanks go to everyone involved for their effort and generosity.

Sue Williams presents cheque to Angela Cairns, Community Network.