Thank you for making our AGM such a success

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Thank you to everyone who braved the rain and winding roads to join us for our AGM at Loch Katrine this year.  We’re glad that those whose sat navs tried to direct them to  the bottom of the loch battled through.

It was fantastic to have such a mix of ages and experiences of bleeding disorders.  Doing something a bit different and more relaxed seems to have gone down well.  These are some of the messages we got afterwards.

Very informative, relaxed and friendly.

As always the kids were catered for, very family friendly.  Nice to meet up with familiar faces and meet new people.

Relaxed, informative, and interesting.

The meeting received a report on our activities from our Chair, Bill Wright.  In particular, he highlighted the good work going on through the Scottish Bleeding Disorders Network, including the needs assessment, and welcomed the launch of the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme.  He also reported on our very successful work in Malawi which really has saved lived.  He was pleased that our events have been well intended, especially the recent trip to Edinburgh Zoo.

Our CEO, Dan Farthing-Sykes, gave the financial report and explained how apparent surpluses would be offset in the next audited accounts due to changes in the way a grant from the Scottish Government is managed.

The AGM re-elected Hugh MacInnes, Lynn Fraser, and Nikki Gandy.  We were also pleased to strengthen the board with the election of Nancy Brodie who some people will already know from her work as part of the team at the Glasgow Haemophilia Centre.

Next year we are planning to hold our AGM the day before (19th May) the World Federation of Hemophilia Congress starts in Glasgow (20th-24th May).  We want to make it as easy as possible for people to attend both events.  We are hoping to provide hotel rooms in Glasgow for those who want to attend both events.  However, to do that we need to know how many people would be interested.  If you could register your interest, with no obligation, today it would be a huge help.

We are grateful to Alistair Yell for taking the best of these photographs used in this report.

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