More than 140 WAY members have just returned from our latest Annual General Meeting in Cardiff.
This picture was taken on the staircase of the Angel Hotel before we tucked into our evening meal. As one member said: “When you look at the bigger picture it's so sad and shocking that each and every person in this picture has lost their partner, but so amazing that we can be united to support each other.”
There was much laughter and a few tears as we supported each other thoughout the weekend. Whether making origami swans, singing our hearts out together in a singing workshop, travelling around Cardiff on an open top tourist bus or dancing until the early hours, the AGM is a chance for WAY members to get together with other young widows and widowers, to talk, to laugh and to let our hair down with people who just get it.
One of the highlights of the weekend was hearing from WAY’s founder Caroline Sarll, who set up WAY 18 years ago in a nearby hotel in Cardiff after her own sister was widowed. The Sarll sisters had lost their father when they were only young, and Caroline was determined that things would be different for her widowed sister. So she set up WAY in her living room and she has been amazed and humbled to see how the organisation has grown since then.
In fact, as WAY approaches its 20th anniversary, there were several references at the AGM to the charity being like a teenager – blossoming from a small organisation into a larger charity that is now reaching adulthood.
WAY’s Chairman Georgia Elms unveiled our latest Annual Report, which includes an ambitious five-year strategy to grow the charity going forward. You can read the full Annual Report here.
We look forward to bringing you more updates soon!
Jonathan @ White Fusion