Bob Tree’s retirement honoured with
support for children’s charity
BAR Affiliate Basil Fry & Company has marked the recent
retirement of industry stalwart Bob Tree by launching a
fundraising campaign in aid of Reverse Rett, a charity
close to Bob’s heart.
Reverse Rett works to treat Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects
children’s brain development and leaves them with multiple disabilities and medical
complexities from a very young age. Bob, whose great niece, Amelia, suffers from the
condition, encourages BAR Members to help this very worthy cause develop a cure by
funding gene therapy research and clinal trials.
Donations to Reverse Rett can be made directly via the charity’s website
(www.reverserett.org.uk) or by contacting the team at Basil Fry & Company, who are
making pledges on behalf of the Association and its Members.
Au revoir to a veteran emcee
Bob retired at the end of May after more than 40 years arranging insurance for
countless clients in the removals, self storage and freight forwarding sectors. He joined
Basil Fry & Company as a director in 2009 to help the firm grow its presence in the
removals and self storage industry by developing comprehensive insurance offerings
tailored to each sphere of operation.
Over the course of his decorated career Bob has always been a staunch supporter
of the BAR and its dedicated charity, the Removers Benevolent Association (RBA).
In addition to holding the post of BAR Met Area Treasurer since the mid-1980s, Bob
has played an instrumental role on several key industry committees and has been an
active participant in the Association’s regular area meetings. What’s more, for the last
nine years he has also voluntarily acted as master of ceremonies for the BAR’s Annual
Conferences, a role he has consistently performed with great skill, wit and charisma.
“Having been working since 1970 I feel it’s time to pursue my other interests,”
he told R&S. “I’ve greatly enjoyed my involvement with the removals and storage
industry – particularly BAR Conferences, Area Meetings and seminars – and I’ve
always appreciated the positive support in connection with these over many years. I
wish you all every success and happiness in the future once this ghastly pandemic ends
and normality returns. Come on you Spurs!”
As a result of his many years of dedicated service, Bob is a well-known figure to many
in the removals and storage industry and his presence at future BAR functions will be
sorely missed. Everyone at the BAR wish Bob a very happy and fulfilling retirement.
To donate to Reverse Rett, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.reverserett.org.uk
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BAR thanks Ria Russell for
two decades of service
Ria Russell, Director of Britannia Lanes of Somerset & Bristol, has decided
to step down from the role of BAR Western Area Secretary and is working to
ensure a smooth handover to her successor, Amy King of Basil Fry & Company.
The Association is extremely grateful to Ria for the sterling work she has done
since taking on the role in 2003. Over the last 17 years she has been a driving
force behind the Western Area’s impressive growth and an energetic, entertaining,
knowledgeable and compassionate presence at countless Area Meetings.
While she will be greatly missed from her official capacity, fortunately
Ria intends to continue to attend regular BAR meetings as well as Annual
Conferences and we look forward to seeing her at these events.