Caroline Peel appointed new Island High Sheriff

Caroline Peel is the new High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, having taken over the duties when Geoff Underwood completed his one-year term of office on April 6.

Born in Cowes, both Mrs Peel and her were brought up on the Island, and although they worked in London this has always been home. Mts Peel has worked for and been involved with many charities all the life. Since moving full time to the Island she became even more involved with the RNLI and is Vice-Chairman of the Island Board as well as being President of the local Guild. She is also on the Executive Committee of the Ventnor Botanic Garden Friends Society and was, until being appointed High Sheriff, the Membership Secretary.

Mrs Peel said: “At the moment obviously I cannot do much physically, but as part of the Council and WightAID initiative, the High Sheriff’s Trust is busy raising funds to support the vulnerable on the island.

“To date we have donated to Wight Dash, supporting those who have been/ are being subjected to domestic abuse, which we know is on the increase with the principal wage earner either being furloughed or made redundant.

“We are also supporting the Pop up Soup Kitchen in Newport who are doing invaluable work in raising money for the homeless, and finally the Suicide Prevention Team, who like the Wight Dash volunteers and workers are under increasing pressure.”