Goodbye Eleanor

Goodbye Eleanor

 Fri, May 17, 2019

You may have already heard the news, but our CEO of 34 years Eleanor Botwright will be officially leaving Castlehaven at the end of May. Eleanor set Castlehaven up in January 1986 within the Old Piano Warehouse on Hawley Road. Since then she has tirelessly and passionately built the charity into what you see today: a large thriving community association that runs free or affordable activities for all ages from cradle to the grave. Through the years these have helped improve thousands of local families, babies, children, youth, adults, disabled and older people’s lives. Castlehaven has expanded considerably over the past few decades thanks to Eleanor’s dedication and ingenuity. Eleanor and the board recognised that Castlehaven needed to develop its own funding streams, as austerity meant charities could no longer rely on grants. Due to this foresight, we now have two social enterprises: The Littlehaven Nursery and a full-size floodlit Astroturf pitch. These businesses will allow Castlehaven to be fully self-sufficient within the next three years.

Eleanor is also an excellent fundraiser, approximately raising £18m in her 39 years within the charity sector. These funds have been used to improve the community via Castlehaven and other charities & projects, both at a local and national level.

Eleanor has made a huge number of friends on her journey and should be very proud that her actions have had a positive effect on countless lives, including lots of Castlehaven staff members.  We will miss her enormous personality and incredible sense of humour, and would like to say a huge thank you for her 34 wonderful years at Castlehaven.

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