Lady Taverner takes the youth record

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Aged 33, she has been a member of the Jersey branch for six years. She was introduced to the charity by her mother, Glynis Corbin.

In the last year the charity, which has the motto ‘Giving young people, particularly those with special needs, a sporting chance’, raised around £20,000, £8,000 of which was donated to the Jersey Special Gymnastics Club for equipment for their new gym.

All the funds which the Lady Taverners raise in the Island are spent on local projects.

Over the years, the charity, which has over 70 members, has purchased two minibuses for Mont à l’Abbé School, as well as donated money for Christmas parties there and for the Jersey Society for the Deaf. They have also supported riding for the disabled activities.

Georgina said that as chairman it would be her aim to continue the good work that her predecessors had carried out. She said: ‘We are a large group of ladies who are passionate about our charity, but also like the social side too, which I feel go hand in hand.’

In her view, a popular, well-organised event will undoubtedly raise money.

Among her intentions is to recruit some new members. ‘We have always had strong support from our existing Taverners who I would like to carry on the good work, as well as injecting new blood to make what we have even bigger and better,’ she said.

Born in Jersey, Georgina went to St Michael’s School, trained in sports science at university and eventually became a personal trainer.

She met her husband, Eddy, on a skiing holiday in Switzerland and they have a five-year-old daughter, Ella. Eddy is the manager of Georgina’s grandmother’s restaurant, the Bastille Brasserie.

At the recent meeting when she was elected as chairman, Georgina told members that around 17 years ago her mother had hosted a Taverners summer party and she remembered coming home to find ’20 odd and rather merry ladies’ and her grandfather dancing and singing to a karaoke by the swimming pool.

‘That was when I decided that I, too, was going to become a Taverner,’ she said.

Her mother, who was a founder member of the branch, died four years ago.

Georgina is a keen sportswoman who enjoys running, playing golf and netball.

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