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Charity champion quits

PUBLISHED: 16:37 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:18 23 August 2010

THE chairman of a charity that provides support to victims of sexual abuse and rape has quit his role after eight years. Jim Garlinge, 69, former chairman of Family Matters, based at Wrotham Road, Gravesend, retired from the position this month. Denise

THE chairman of a charity that provides support to victims of sexual abuse and rape has quit his role after eight years.

Jim Garlinge, 69, former chairman of Family Matters, based at Wrotham Road, Gravesend, retired from the position this month.

Denise Roberts, operations director at Heath Farm school, a special school near Ashford, takes over as chair of the charity which looks after 600 clients a year across north Kent and south-east London.

Mr Garlinge said: "The success of Family Matters is down to the tremendous efforts of the volunteers, staff and management made during the year who have gone up a gear to achieve these results.

"I am very proud to have been part of a team that has seen such an increase in activity, and I am sure that the charity will continue to flourish. I wish all those involved with its very valuable work well for the future."

He stood down at the charity's annual general meeting at the Riverside Centre, Dickens Road, Gravesend, on Saturday, November 22.

A delighted Mrs Roberts, from Herne Bay, said: "Family Matters is providing a vital service to both children and adults who fall through the safety net of public provision."

After the meeting, a quiz raised £600 for the charity.

To find out more call 01474 536661 or visit www.family

mattersuk.org.

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