Big thank you as Dave bows out after 20 years

Dave Sharples and his wife Lynn at the final presentation on behalf of the residents  made by Sam one of the residents.
Dave Sharples and his wife Lynn at the final presentation on behalf of the residents made by Sam one of the residents.
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A man who has been at the helm of a specialist caring organisation has retired after 20 years in the role.

For two decades, David Sharples has been managing director of Shared Approach, which is the operating arm of Bowland Village Trust.

Now it is a vital supplier of local residential provision for mainly local people with special learning and physical disabilities, including the Garstang and Longridge areas.

It also provides employment for almost 100 local people.

Over the last few days there have been three presentations to councillor and alderman Mr Sharples.

The final presentation was at Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club.

David and his wife Lynn were at the final presentation on behalf of the residents, made by Sam, one of the longest-term residents.

David’s great hobbies are fishing, caravanning, and model railways.

He said: “I will have more time for these,but I will also be keeping a watchful eye over Shared Approach as well as my involvement as an alderman of Wyre Borough and my third term as chairman of Catterall Parish Council”

His successor as managing director of Shared Approach is VanessaWherry, who has been his second in command for almost a decade.

One of the Shared Approach trustees, the Rev Ron Greenall, said: “It was a wonderful evening.

“The residents wanted to say a huge thank you to Dave, and this evening was their idea.

“There was a marvellous feeling of shared happiness at the event.

“It was the residents’ own idea to have the evening and they organised most of it themselves.

“They wanted to show how much they appreciated him.”