Association of Movers and Shakers

President - Marion Smith

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Marion has a wealth of experience working in the charity sector, including working as a fund raising manager for a local hospice in Kent, UK, who provide end of life care and respite for terminally ill adults and children.

Marion and her husband David, who has Huntington's Disease, moved to Spain in 2014 to help improve David's quality of life.

Since setting up The Huntington's Disease Association, a dedicated charity and support group, she has devoted her spare time to raising awareness of HD in the local area.

Marion is now continuing as President of the newly established Association of Movers and Shakers

Secretary - Margaret Tozer

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Before retirement Margaret worked for the NHS at both a local and National level. Experience ranged from representing patient and voluntary group interests in planning and developing care services, to leading multi disciplinary teams investigating major incidents in the NHS.

Before moving to Spain, Margaret was a volunteer with two established charities.

While living in Spain she has volunteered with the Torrevieja Stroke Support Group as their Secretary.

Since 2017, Margaret has been concentrating her efforts on working with other volunteers to develop support, in the Costa Blanca area, for those affected by Huntington's Disease

Margaret is now continuing as Secretary of the newly established Association of Movers and Shakers

Treasurer - Peter Jones

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Peter was involved in his business supplying photographic equipment and services to photographers in the UK for nearly 50 years.

He was a member of the Round Table and a keen sailor.

Having visited Spain in 2000, he and his wife, Jacky purchased a holiday home which they visited so frequently that they decided to take up residency in 2011 and have never regretted it.

Previously involved with the Stroke Support Group, Peter became Treasurer for the Association in 2019.

He enjoys Petanca, Snooker and walking his dog Bella

Peter is now continuing as Treasurer of the newly established Association of Movers and Shakers

Liaison Officer - Odette Rawes

Liaison Officer, Odette Rawes

Odette lives in Callosa de Segura. She is married with two children and 4 grandchildren.

Odette went straight into nursing from school and is a Registered Nurse and Registered Manager.
Before moving to Spain in 2018, Odette worked as a Scheme Manager for a sheltered housing complex.
She has also managed her own small care home for 6 years and has 11 years experience caring for young people with complex needs.

I have professional and personal experience in dementia, both learning and physical disabilities and palliative care. I have written policies and procedures to meet the Quality Care Commission regulations

Christine Watkins

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She is married with two children and three grandchildren.

During her time as Headteacher and Education Consultant, she served on many committees, supporting local community projects and educational advancement.
Voluntary work has included supporting the work of Homeless people, The Canal & River Trust, an Historical Society and local charities.

By supporting the local branch of Huntington's Disease Association, I wish to be able to raise awareness of this incapacitating illness and help those who bravely face day to day anxieties and challenges

Sharon Barton

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Sharon is a founding member of the Huntington's Disease Association, Costa Blanca.

From 2019, Sharon was unable to continue as a committee member due to work commitments and the steady decline of her husband Peter's health.
Peter sadly passed away in January 2020 and Sharon is now a Life-time Honoury Member.

Michael Gray

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My name is Michael Gray (Mick). I joined the Royal Navy when I was 15 yrs old, serving 12 yrs, working on aircraft and as a Radio Electrical Mechanic.

I worked in the steel works for 5 years in Sheffield and then went to work at Rotherham College for 21 years as a Caretaker and then Manager. I became the College Electrician before leaving for my new life in Spain in 2004 with my now wife Gaynor.
My hobbies include D.I.Y. ( everything). I enjoy craftwork and best of all being part of the Committee, including volunteer driving and helping at their “Movers and Shakers Club” held every Friday afternoon.