UK charity fundraiser appointed to the board of European disability organisation
The international limb difference organisation, EDRIC, has appointed its first new board member since it launched its rapidly-expanding online arm, earlier this year.
Charlotte Fielder, MBE, who has worked in the UK civil service for more than 30 years, was herself was born with a shortened forearm and a missing hand. She has dedicated herself to supporting and fundraising for charities and groups concerned with limb differences.
EDRIC (The European Dysmelia Reference Information Centre) is an umbrella organisation that aims to bring together the world's limb difference groups to share knowledge, expertise and support in a way that will benefit and bring a strong voice to those affected by the loss of one or more limbs, whether congenital or through amputation.
During her career, Charlotte Fielder has worked with a number of UK Government agencies and represented the UK at international child protection conferences. She
is also the author of a book, "Shared Experiences" written for families affected by upper limb deficiencies.
Mrs Fielder said, "I am very honoured to be asked to join the board of EDRIC. It is an impressive organisation with a wealth of knowledge and very important aims. I am very much looking forward to playing my part in developing its work."
Earlier this year, the organisation launched DysNet, to use the explosion in social media to create a globally-focused network to spread awareness and link its member organisations together. Mrs Fielder will take on the role of Online Safety Officer to advise EDRIC and its member organisations how to stay safe online.
She said, "In our increasingly connected and 'logged on' world it's important that we, as an organisation that encourages online conversation, are aware of the risks of having an online profile. I will be responsible for implementing a comprehensive safety policy and a robust scheme of control."
Chairman of EDRIC, Geoff Adams-Spink, said, "We're delighted to have someone of Charlotte's calibre and background to help us to lead our organisation to greater strengths. Although EDRIC was founded by a group of thalidomide survivors such as myself, Charlotte's different experience of living with limb loss is our first step towards broadening our representation within the the limb difference community. We offer her our warmest welcome."
In 2010, Mrs Fielder was awarded an MBE for exceptional leadership and voluntary work and she hopes her new position will enable her to further her work in the important field of supporting people and families.
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