Well known and much respected actress Jenny Seagrove has been appointed an Honorary member of the Rotary club of The City of Wolverhampton.
Jenny supports a number of charities including the Rotary Jaipur Limb project, of which she is a patron. This charity, formed in 1984, provides prostheses free of charge to amputees in India and Africa.
Her father and grandfather were Rotarians and, as a result, she has a full awareness of the Rotary ethic ‘Service Above Self.’ She recently delivered one of the series ‘Rotary Together Talks,’ in which she spoke about how honoured she felt to be asked to be involved.
She has addressed a number of Rotary District conferences, talking about her passion, the Mane Chance Horse sanctuary of which is she is the founder. The sanctuary, established to give a home to neglected and illtreated horses, provides support and healing to disadvantaged and terminally ill children, who gain tremendous comfort and mental wellbeing by visiting the sanctuary and interacting with the horses.
The mission statement of The Mane Chance reads as follows, in regard to this particular part of their activities, demonstrating a genuine commitment to service for the benefit of the community:
“To provide relief for children, young people and vulnerable people, suffering from physical and/or mental disability, through the provision of managed work with equines in a therapeutic environment to help meet their needs and to enable them to participate more fully in society; also to increase the confidence and capacity of children and young people are therefore delighted to have teamed up with AQA, an organisation offering unit awards for achievement. Used widely in education and charity sectors, the awards are aimed at those who are struggling in life or to function in mainstream education or those who are unlikely to attain traditional levels of recognised qualifications, such as GCSEs and A Levels. Instead it offers recognition of what they are able to achieve.”
The sanctuary also has a partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, providing sessions which qualify students for the volunteering part of the award.
Jenny visited the City of Wolverhampton club in 2014, giving an inspirational talk to a very full audience of Rotarians and guests, since when she has become a friend of Past District Governor Richard Green, who will serve again as club President in the forthcoming Rotary year which marks the centenary of the club.
Jenny, who will shortly be appearing with Sir Ian McKellen in a production of ‘Hamlet’ at the Theatre Royal, Windsor says “I am thrilled to become an Honorary Rotarian – joining an organisation that does such amazing work around the world.’
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