A charity run by Home Instead Senior Care, which works to enhance the lives of older people, has made three new appointments.
The Bring Joy Foundation has announced Penny Hamer as its new executive director, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in the charity sector, having previously being the head of Corporate Fundraising for Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Deputy CEO of Lancashire Mind.
Meanwhile, Ruth Brown, business development director at Home Instead, and Diana Stephenson, managing director of Calvin Marketing, have both been elected to the Board as trustees.
The Bring Joy Foundation funds local community events, such as trips to the seaside, which enhance and enrich the lives of older people, with a focus on combating loneliness and preventing isolation.
During lockdown, the charity has funded the purchase of tablet technology to allow older people to remain connected with family and friends.
Commenting on Hamer’s appointment, Home Instead Senior Care UK CEO Martin Jones said: “Penny has demonstrated a real understanding of the issues around loneliness faced by so many of the older people in local communities across the UK.
“Her experience in the charity sector will be invaluable as we look to increase what the Foundation does to support older people.”
Speaking about the charity’s newest trustees, Hamer said: “I am thrilled to bring Ruth and Diana on board as I know they are committed to helping the charity to achieve its goals.
“Ruth has worked for Home Instead since 2010 and is an advocate of social purpose in corporate life. Diana has worked with the company since 2009 and has totally bought into our mission and values.
“Ruth’s passion for our purpose and business skills, combined with Diana’s marketing expertise is going to help us to realise our ambitious plans for the Foundation.”
Caption (L-R): Ruth Brown (trustee), Penny Hamer (executive director), and Diana Stephenson (trustee).