Meet Our Trustees
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Verity LoweChair of Trustees
I have been passionate about Africa since 1978 when I did Voluntary Services Overseas in Nigeria. I am committed to supporting the plight of the disenfranchised, and have been involved with SFFLS since 2014.
My name is Steve Butterworth. I am a retired person and although I don’t attend church in a spiritual way, I am involved with the charity because I enjoy helping people who are less fortunate than myself.
Having enjoyed a varied and fulfilling career as a nurse for over thirty years, God surprised me with the plans He had for my future. Little did I realise when I felt led in 2006 to go on a short mission trip to Sierra Leone how life changing it would be. Never having traveled to a third world country before, the culture shock was huge and the suffering and poverty I witnessed impacted me greatly.
So, after many more trips to Sierra Leone, the desire grew to somehow make a greater impact on a country and it’s people that I had grown to love. Realising that Sandra shared the same desires in 2014 Sierra Foundation for Life Skills was set up and I became a trustee.
From a very young age I always had a desire to travel and was passionate about children. It was almost a natural route to develop a career in childcare, this included initial training with Barnardo’s. On completion I practiced in the UK. Then followed five years of travel during which time I gained experience and insight with families in Australia. On return to the UK I became a social worker and practiced in the inner city. On my return to Shropshire, I set up and managed a pre-school in the local church I attend.
It has been a privilege to combine my Christian faith with a career. I had so many opportunities to bring about change in the lives of children and families. This passion to seek change for people continues through many trips to Sierra Leone, and in my role as a trustee with Sierra Foundation for Life Skills and provides me with both practical and spiritual opportunities to fulfill these desires.
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