The first time I caught sight of my future husband, Richard, he was sitting on the skeleton of the roof of a huge barn in a field in the middle of nowhere having stripped it bare of its traditional Roman tiles. With the help of any willing person he could find, Richard was restoring an old farmhouse and barn in Southwest France and when I arrived amongst a group of his friends, it was all extremely basic – one dangling light bulb and one standpipe, Lilos for beds and absolutely no privacy. But despite all this, despite the dirt and hard work and the complete lack of comfort, that is when my love affair with the house (and its owner) began – and love affair it still is nearly 50 years later. Every time we turn into the drive my heart lifts. The house, barns and tower are made of dazzling white limestone, there are wonderful views across the valley, the fields are full of wild flowers and butterflies, the dark skies twinkle, the nightingales sing almost too loudly and the little red squirrels sound like tap dancers as they skip across the roofs. To me, it is heaven.

Of equal importance to me is Age Unlimited, a charity I founded in 2007 with Henrietta Nettlefold to provide support for two groups of people who often feel forgotten: young people growing up with few prospects because of their challenging life circumstances; and the very elderly, many of whom find that in their remaining years, they have become invisible to the wider community and 200,000 of whom are living below the poverty line in this country. The charity is run on an entirely voluntary basis, with no paid staff. Its Trustees would like to take this opportunity to thank all its generous and loyal supporters over the years.

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