With great sadness we announce the unexpected death of our Chief Executive Denise Inger. Denise left us with the grace and simplicity that she brought to all her endeavours and leaves a bigger than human hole in our hearts and our plans.
Denise was a founder member of the SNAP Cymru team from volunteering to developing then managing services she became our Chief Executive more than 20 years ago. During her time, she pioneered the now accepted partnership style of working, the excellence of advice-giving and achieving with her staff the Specialist Advice Giving award from legal services over more than 10 years – the only non-legal service in Wales to achieve this. In the Diamond Jubilee year SNAP Cymru was awarded the Queen’s Award for Volunteering.
Most recently she reaped the rewards for her forward thinking in equipping and skilling the workforce to be able to transfer to working through IT, and then set about upgrading all the equipment to enable fast, efficient and data safe working from home or office for staff and volunteers. When Covid 19 hit the charitable sector she and her team had already ensured that we were ready.
‘Denise and her team’ is our watchword. Denise has stepped off the stage but her legacy of thousands of: children supported , families informed, schools given information and support, this legacy is alive and well and her team will continue the SNAP Cymru work and take forward the service into whatever the future throws at us.
We, her colleagues and friends, will miss her and as this message goes outwards more and more of those she met will come forward to express their sense of loss and their huge admiration. Her legacy of the complex, evolving entity that is SNAP Cymru will continue to grow and be that lifeline, that empathetic listening ear, that source of knowledge, that voice of partnership. Denise has stepped aside but the legacy, that she was so proud to be part of, lives on.