Our History

​Wenches in Trenches are a group of like minded women who originally got together, in 2007, to raise funds for other charities. Over the years we have evolved and now go in a different direction, offering friendship, research, talks and tours (when travel restrictions allow we run an interesting and informative tour of the nurses graves and hospital sites in Northern France)

We remember the Mighty Girls and Valiant Women who served in the Great War in any capacity. They said these women will shine in history - it's our job to ensure they shine as brightly as possible.

HELP US TO KEEP THEIR STORIES ALIVE.

 

Please contact  wenches2014@gmail.com  if you have any stories or for any tour enquiries.

Our Team

Here at Wenches In Trenches we could not do what we do without the help and support of a brilliant and enthusiastic team. From the trustees to the volunteers, everyone has their part to play in the smooth running of the organisation. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who gives up their time to make Wenches In Trenches what it is. We would like to introduce some of the fabulous people that help us.

Sue Robinson FRSA – Founder - Cornwall

I have lived in Cornwall for many years. Having worked for many charities and foundations over the years I founded Wenches In Trenches in 2007 and I continue to run it today with the hope that we can bring back some of the stories and memories that get lost in time.

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Heidi Sandford - Berkshire

Heidi works as a volunteer for CWGC and has a good knowledge of the cemeteries especially on the Western Front where many of our woman are buried. She and I normally travel together for research in Northern France. She is also my right hand woman.

Sue Williams – VAD & Nurse Research – Gloucestershire

Sue has been a Mental Health Nurse for over 33 years, qualifying as a psychiatric nurse in 1985. She remains passionate and dedicated to her role now as a community nurse in Gloucestershire. Sue has a life-long interest in WW1 and those who experienced the conflict of the war, whether at home or on the Western Front. She has a particular interest in the legacy of WW1 in terms of mental health services and the ground breaking treatments of the day.

Julie Cauvin – Researcher – Kent

Sarah Snow – Researcher & Translator – London

Sarah lives in the South East of England and is currently working as a History teacher. She has lived abroad for many years. Having been brought up in Belgium and schooled in France, Sarah is the perfect choice to be our translator.

JLU Accountancy Penzance 

John has been our kind and patient accountant now for a few years and understands my haphazard ways. 

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Our Fundraising

Wenches In Trenches has raised many thousands of pounds over the last 14/15 years. We have supported the following with funding,

  • Our troops in Afghanistan (over 1,000 comfort boxes)

  • Gurkha welfare trust,

  • B.L.E.S.M.A ,

  • ABF the Soldiers Charity (approx £50,000)

  • La Boisselle Study group,

  • Talbot House Poperinge.

  • plus many individuals in need.

* Please note: We self fund so that no monies are ever spent on ourselves.

You can help us by donating now - follow the link at the bottom of the page

Our Patrons

Simon Weston CBE

I am deeply flattered to have been asked to be patron to this wonderful organisation. It has been my privilege to have been asked to go and speak at many events up and down the UK and over the years I have met some fantastic inspirational people, none more so than the women at Wenches in Trenches. Not only do they spend their day caring for those in need but in their spare time, they give up 2 days a year to raise money for many small charities, all of which rely on the donations they receive. My mother was a district nurse so have some understanding of the hard work nurses do, so to go this extra mile is remarkable.


As a man with a military background, I am obviously thrilled to see so many military charities supported and especially pleased to see these nurses helping to recognise the medical personnel who sadly lost their lives in some of the tragic conflicts that have taken place. If you get a chance to support this organisation, I really encourage you to do so. Congratulations to you all and I hope one day I can join you on your walk (if I am allowed too of course!)

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Sarah Phelps

I’m so proud to be a patron of the organisation Wenches In Trenches, honouring and remembering the extraordinary courage and passionate dedication of the military, civilian and volunteer nurses of World War 1. (picture courtesy of Dan Hall)

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information.