Trustee Diana Gower

I was born, brought up and educated in Cornwall. I left Cornwall and went to Sussex to work as a House Parent in an Approved School. I trained as a Nurse in Bristol, where I married a Doctor, and then had three children. Because of my husband’s career we moved often, so it wasn’t until we settled in Hampshire 1976 that I was able to return to nursing. I worked as a Sister in a nursing home for 4 years, and then worked as the Nurse in Lankhills secondary special school in Winchester for 7 years. During this post I gained further qualifications one of which was Teaching of the Handicapped in Further Education.

I was then fortunate in achieving the post as a peripatetic School Nurse for Winchester Health Authority working in 20 schools around the area, including Special schools, for 7 years. My next move was to train and qualify as Health Visitor at Reading University, and I practiced in the Basingstoke area for the next 15 years. I also gained counselling qualifications and taught 'Brief Encounters' courses to other Health Professionals.

My interests and hobbies have included renovating several old houses, antique collecting, restoring furniture and sewing. I am a keen gardener with a great love of wild life and nature. I enjoy singing, and belong to two choirs, one of which (The Madding Crowd) I have supported for 37 years. I live in Kings Worthy where I am an active member of my local church and community. I have four grandchildren.