Lady Gretton kindly donates funds to Leicestershire charities

By Alice Warner

There were celebrations all round as Lady Gretton retired as Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire and donated £250 to each of the 14 charities close to her heart.

At Leicestershire County Council’s headquarters in Glenfield, charities and organisations including Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, LOROS, the British Legion and the Guides and Scouts, were presented with her donation of £250 each.

Simon Bentley, Director of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, said: “Lady Gretton has been a patron of our charity for a while and she retired as Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire earlier this year. As part of her retirement she had a really nice leaving event at the Curve theatre.

Simon Bentley

Lady Gretton with Simon Bentley

“The proceeds from that event were distributed to some of the key charities that she had been involved with.”

Lady Gretton served more than 15 years as Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire between 2003 and 2018 and was succeeded by Mike Kapur.

She was a supporter of many local charities and organisations including LOROS, a charity providing hospice care in Leicestershire, which she became President of in 1999.

Mr Bentley continued: “The event was great. It was like ‘Desert Island Discs’ and ‘This is your Life’. She was interviewed on stage and then selected some of her favourite pieces of music which were then performed.”

The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is an important charity in caring for wildlife and the environment surrounding Leicestershire.

Mr Bentley said: “We work to protect and enhance local wildlife and wild places and to engage people with nature. One of the areas that Lady Gretton was particularly interested in is encouraging and enabling young people to achieve things and we will put this money towards working with young people.

“We have a Wild Skills group which is for 13 to 18-year-olds that meet monthly at one of our biggest nature reserves which is Rutland Water nature reserve and that money will go to support their activities.”

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is the biggest charity in Leicestershire and Rutland working to protect the area’s wildlife, they manage 35 nature reserves covering more than 3,000 acres of land.

They aim to get children outdoors through their Outreach Education Workshops, Forest Schools Programme, Wildlife Watch and Wild Tots groups, Wild Play holiday activities and Family Events.

To find out more about Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, click here.

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