Val was made a life member in 1999. She served the board until she began working at Murray Haven. She attended nearly all meetings once it was decided to have a home to look after people who were in need of help. This was in memory of her mother who had Alzheimer’s, and had to go to Kew Colleges as there was no help for them in those days. At the Auxiliary formation meeting, Val was elected Honorary Secretary/Treasurer on 14th March 1979, from there Val went onto the main board, but wasn’t there long before starting work at Murray Haven.