A Message from Our Patron
I am Patricia Toulson, married with two sons and three grandchildren with a very personal interest in helping children maximise their potential even when coping with severe hearing difficulties. I became deaf in my thirties but my hearing is now greatly improved following cochlear implant surgery so I am excited by the wonderful work happening at St. Joseph’s School to the benefit of deaf children especially in such a poor region of the world.
I will be using every opportunity to raise awareness of St. Joseph’s School whilst promoting my recently published novel ”Inside Out,” which is currently available from Amazon as a paperback and e-book. This was a project I only felt confident to do as a result of the cochlear implant surgery so I realise how important it is for these children to get the best hearing and education possible in order to increase their future prospects.
Linda Freestone (Chair)
Linda is a lawyer who sat as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal and later as a Financial Ombudsman. She is a long-standing member of Lion Walk United Reformed Church in Colchester Essex.
Chris Hudson (Treasurer)
Chris worked in Further Education Colleges for over 40 years and is now retired.His interest in education in Africa started in 1967 when he worked in Malawi as a VSO volunteer.
George is a retired local businessman who has travelled extensively in Africa and is very supportive of the school
Charly worked in Sierra Leone for seven years where she founded and grew her own highly successful communications company. During this time she was a regular visitor and stalwart supporter of St Joseph’s. Back now in the UK she works in leadership development as a coach and trainer, and teaches in the business school at Oxford Brookes University
Kate works in the voluntary sector and has spent time working in Sierra Leone including a spell at St Joseph’s working as Sister Mary’s assistant
Steve is an engineering geologist and worked for a mining company in Sierra Leone where he met his wife Kate while she was working at St Joseph’s! He and Kate have been regular visitors to the school since returning to the UK and been highly supportive of the staff and students