Transform Housing & Support says goodbye to two long-serving Patrons – but welcomes a new Patron to the charity.
- Dame Sarah Goad DCVO retired on 23 August both as Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and a Patron of the charity.
- Professor Sir Christopher Snowden leaves his role as Vice Chancellor of the University of Surrey at the end of August, resigning as Transform Patron at the same time.
- The county gained a new Lord Lieutenant, Michael More-Molyneux, on 23 August – who has kindly agreed to become a Patron of Transform Housing & Support.
Dame Sarah has been a Patron of Transform for 18 years and has made an immense contribution to the charity in this time. As Lord Lieutenant she has attended numerous events in support of Transform, including nine visits by three members of the Royal family.
Sir Christopher has been a Patron for 10 years and has championed the charity’s work in supporting homeless and vulnerable people in the Surrey area. Earlier this year, the Vice Chancellor visited one of the charity’s housing projects in Woking, which helps homeless young people.
Michael More-Molyneux became Lord Lieutenant of Surrey on 23 August. He has lived at Loseley Park, near Guildford, all his life and his family has been there for five centuries. He and his wife Sarah have been long-term supporters of Transform, hosting a dinner at their home in 2012 to celebrate the charity’s 40th birthday.
Paul Mitchell, Chief Executive of Transform Housing & Support, said:
“We are extremely grateful to Dame Sarah Goad and Professor Sir Christopher Snowden for their immense contributions to Transform during their time as Patrons. We thank them for their support for our work with homeless and vulnerable people across the county.
“We are delighted to welcome Michael More-Molyneux as a Patron of Transform and look forward to working with him to transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”
The roles of Lord Lieutenant, Bishop of Guildford, Vice Chancellor of the University of Surrey and Chief Constable of Surrey Police have been Patrons of the charity for many years.
Transform provides housing and support to over 1,000 people each year in Surrey and neighbouring areas. The charity gives each person a safe place to live, with one-to-one support to help them live independently. Last year 98% of people helped by the charity said they felt happier thanks to Transform’s support.