TRIP chairman Val Royle steps down after 20 years

PUBLISHED: 11:34 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 09:12 23 August 2017

Val Royle pictured with former Devon County Council chairman Cllr George Gribble.

Val Royle pictured with former Devon County Council chairman Cllr George Gribble.

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Her tenure was celebrated at a party to mark TRIP’s 20th anniversary.

The long-term chairman of Honiton-based mobility charity TRIP has handed over the reigns after 20 years of overseeing the organisation.

Val Royle was celebrated at a birthday party held in Honiton to mark TRIP’s 20th birthday.

Mrs Royle read a report to a crowd of well-wishers and charity supporters, in which she highlighted the charity’s birth and achievements throughout the last 20 years.

Speaking at the party in Honiton Methodist Hall, she said: “Initially the thought of providing a community transport service in Honiton and the surrounding area was just an idea, taken up by various people on the Health and Care team and Devon County Council.

“The idea was taken forward, researched and worked upon and in 1997, TRIP was born.”

Mrs Royle said although TRIP started from ‘humble beginnings’, it soon blossomed into the service it is today, adding: “Over the years, we have taken in excess of 75,000 people to medical appointments.”

Reflecting on her time with the charity, Mrs Royle said: “I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some lovely people and helping to develop other parts of the organisation.

“I’m very grateful for the help and support I have received, not only from fellow colleagues within TRIP but also from those in other organisations.”

She added: “I will still be involved with TRIP as a trustee so I’ll be able to continue serving the community which I know appreciated the services of TRIP so much.

“ We are not just about transport - we also help to alleviate loneliness and social exclusion which are so prevalent these days.”

Nigel Harrison was announced as TRIP’s new chairman.

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