Wendy Coomer, former Chairman of the board of trustees for the Stockport based Together Trust, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List.
The Together Trust is a North West charity that supports young people and adults with disabilities, complex needs, autism and their families. They provide life-changing support to over 3,700 people each year through special education, support for families, community services and fostering.
Wendy has volunteered for over 22 years in various governance roles, supporting the charity in its vision to see people thrive because they are valued in their communities. During this time, she was chairman of the board of trustees for five years until 2018. Wendy has been awarded her MBE for services to young people in Cheshire.
Wendy first became involved with the Together Trust as a manager in one of the charity’s special schools in Stockport. In 2012, she was chairman of Bridge College’s governing body when it moved to state of the art facilities in East Manchester and was a crucial part of the team who lead the campaign to move the charity’s specialist further education college to Manchester. Today Bridge College supports over 80 young people with profound learning difficulties and complex health needs.
“I am surprised, delighted and honoured to receive this MBE. It has been a privilege to work with a fantastic group of staff, volunteers and young people over many years. The team at the Together Trust continue to support me thus enabling me to champion care and independence for people with disabilities, complex needs, autism and their families.
“This has always been important to me and I hope to continue supporting and volunteering at the Together Trust for many years to come.”
Although Wendy has now retired from the board of trustees, she continues to support the work of the Together Trust as a volunteer member of its fostering panel and supporting people subgroup.
Chief Executive, Mark Lee, commented:
“Wendy has made an enormous and valued contribution to the Together Trust and we are delighted that this hard work and commitment has been formally recognised.
“Her support has been crucial over the years and Wendy has been a loyal advocate for the young people we support. Her Honour is well deserved.”