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Opportunities for networking: West Midlands retired physiotherapist Lyn Ankcorn seizes the chance at Downing Street

27 April 2015 - 10:23am

Physiotherapy is a profession I am proud to be part of.  Whenever I attend a West Midlands (WM) network meeting that pride increases as I witness the enthusiasm and drive of the people who attend.  As Helen Owen says in her blog about attending her first WM meeting ‘the people at this forum are people who are simply passionate about the profession’. So it should be no surprise that such passion extends beyond Physiotherapy.

I had noticed in Lyn Ankcorn’s pre-meeting report that Lyn had been to Downing Street at the invitation of, as Lyn says, ‘Sam Cam’.  So when I saw Lyn at the meeting I was keen to find out more. Lyn told me: ‘I was invited to 10 Downing Street as a Charity Champion and when the invite came I honestly thought it was a hoax! Then someone mentioned something to my husband. When he told me I knew it was for real’.

Lyn was invited because of her work with ‘The Birmingham Crisis Centre’ which is a centre for victims of domestic violence and their children.  Lyn says: ‘My husband instigated its construction more than 30 years ago and we seem to have had daily contact ever since! It is the largest refuge in Europe for domestic violence and is unusual as it is purpose built with 22 family units’.  Lyn added ‘When I met Samantha Cameron she thanked everyone for work they did; and thanked those who work with children with disabilities, making reference to the loss of their son Ivan’.

Lyn’s work doesn’t stop there. A s well as being an active member of the WM network she is a Rotarian.  As Chair her club International is currently getting Shelter boxes out to Vanuata following the devastation left by Cyclone Pam.

Lyn’s dedication to seizing opportunities to promote physiotherapy was evident by her statement ‘I did a lot of networking at Downing Street’. The picture below is of Lyn, far left, with (from left to right) Rachel Maclean parliamentary candidate for Birmingham Northfield, Samantha Cameron and Sandra Walton from Home Start Northfield, suggests there were plenty of people to network with.

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What opportunities are you seizing?  If you have a story to share please let me know

If you want to get more involved with the WM network contact our Chairs: Sheila Stringer and Sam Townsend and follow us on Twitter @WestMidlandsCSP.

Jane Toms, Communications lead, West Midlands English Regional Network

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