Sheila enthralls Probus members with life story

Members of Banchory-Ternan Ladies Probus were welcomed by newly-elected president Lesley Smith to the last meeting of the 2011-2012 season, on June 6.

The president introduced the speaker Sheila Ferres MBE, the highly respected physiotherapist and artist.

After arriving in Banchory in 1963, Sheila’s skill as a physiotherapist was quickly recognised by her patients. She was later invited to treat members of the royal family and their guests at Balmoral and in 1999 was awarded the MBE.

In 1995, encouraged by a friend, Sheila began painting. She decided to use her considerable talent to raise funds for charity and so CHART was founded.

To date, she has raised £ 169,000.00 which has been donated to the Glen O’ Dee Hospital, the Forget Me Not Club and towards the care of people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Parkinson’s Disease.

Sheila said she was indebted to her friend, Mary Greig, for her help, and to her photographer George Booth.

Sheila was thanked by Florence Watt for her fascinating talk, which had included many amusing anecdotes.

The next meeting will be held at 10.30am on September 5, in the Burnett Arms Hotel.