Founders

Katherine Bonner and Robin Ewart-Biggs (Charity founders and owners of Thorneythwaite Farm), together with experienced volunteers, will welcome and guide guests during their stay.

Katherine is a teacher who has over 30 years’ experience working with children in a variety of settings and has specialised in running creative projects in schools and outdoor learning.

Robin  has worked in the mental health field since 1992, for substance misuse services, NHS primary care and running rehabilitation services for survivors of torture, as a family therapist, group leader, trainer and service manager.

“As with the start-up of many charities in the health and social care sector, there is another more personal reason for Flynne’s Barn. Our daughter Flynne was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2013, soon after her 14th birthday. Hers was a rare type of cancer for a young person. She was fortunate to benefit from excellent treatment from the NHS, the support of friends and family and blessed with a remarkably positive and resilient outlook on life. This meant that during two years of treatment she lived to the full. She went on two sailing trips with the Ellen McArthur Cancer Trust and realised the importance of meeting with others who were going through similar experiences. We looked for ways in which she could connect regularly with others and, whilst there were a number of valuable one-off events, we all found that there was a greater need for young people to meet away from the hospital environment”.

 

 

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