The NSPCC is today mourning the loss of one of its most respected volunteer leaders in the South West of England, Mr Chris Paisley who has passed away at the age of 73.
Chris has been steadfast in his support of the children’s charity in the region and in 2015 became Divisional Vice-President for the NSPCC, developing and strengthening volunteer leadership and engagement in the South West.
In 2017, the father-of-two was made an Honorary Member of the NSPCC’s Council – one of the highest awards that the charity bestows on its volunteers.
Chief Executive of the NSPCC, Peter Wanless said: “Chris was one of the warmest, most supportive and active volunteers, a true friend to the NSPCC and a tireless fundraiser and campaigner for children and young people.
“He was recognised by supporters and volunteers everywhere as someone to turn to for support and guidance.”
Chris’ affiliation with the charity started in Gloucestershire, where he was a fundraising volunteer for more than 20 years, firstly supporting the West Gloucestershire Branch of the NSPCC as Treasurer and then as Chairman from 2007 to 2014.
During this time, Chris was personally involved in the annual High Sheriff of Gloucestershire’s Picnic Concert at Highnam Gardens for more than two decades, helping to raise a significant amount of money for the children’s charity.
In recent years Chris turned his focus towards supporting the whole of the region by becoming Chair of the NSPCC’s South West Regional Volunteer Forum, a body set up to support volunteers and encourage fundraising activity in aid of the NSPCC.
As Chair, Chris revitalised the Forum and became a Divisional Vice-President, taking part in events in support of branches across the region.
He also represented the South West on the NSPCC’s volunteer Central Task Force, a key stakeholder group in the charity, advising on and supporting volunteer fundraising groups and initiatives across the UK.
Nigel Impey, NSPCC’s Head of Supporter Fundraising for the South West of England said: “Chris represented the views and interests of supporters and volunteers across the South West region at the highest levels within the NSPCC and set exceedingly high expectations of himself and those around him.
“Chris inspired a new generation of leaders, and he will be very much missed by all involved with the work of the NSPCC.”
Chris who lived in Gloucester with his family passed away following a period of ill-health, leaving his wife Jo, children Nick and Sarah, and four grandchildren.
The thoughts of all those at the NSPCC are with Jo and her family at this time.