© 2016 Second Nature Life Support is a not for profit UK Limited Liability Company Registration No: 4870406, and is an accredited Charity with the UK Charity Commission Registration No: 1100792
Second Nature Life Support was started by four like minded people from various professional backgrounds - all with a passion to help people, to develop new ways to assist in health and well being, to improve the environment and work with nature, to help people of all abilities live life to the full, and to help communities become stronger. We wanted to promote “positivity” and “can do” attitudes, and demonstrate that nature and helping each other has healing powers far beyond traditional medical practices, known science, and text book teachings. We have used our past and varied business skills and knowledge to enable Second Nature Life Support to become a very respected and successful charity, and we share this knowledge nationally and internationally to ripple out what we do into other communities and locations. Our success is through teamwork, enabling, and inspiring people.
When we started in 2003 the concept of Nature Therapy was not widely understood or accepted, but we have demonstrated through over 10 years of practical experience that this improves physical and mental well being of individuals and also binds communities and groups together. We now have five Trustees and an extensive team of volunteers and helpers - all bringing specific skills, experience, and knowledge - and strengthened by our extensive network and collaboration with other charities, NHS departments, community groups, universities, organisations, and businesses.
Founders David and Carol Bowser started their first company together designing and developing innovative medical and test equipment, with several instruments targeted to pioneering research by Dr Paul Bowser. Their success around the world won them the DTI SMART Award for Technology three times and a presentation by HRH Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. David went on to become Managing Director of Reco International Ltd, and as specialist Bio-science and Environmental consultant to Business Link helped hundreds of new start-up businesses and university product commercialisations and joint ventures in the UK and America. Carol , as Managing Director of Chapel Hall Ltd, supported numerous businesses and organisations across South Yorkshire maximise their potential, and won the international Athena Award for helping women in business. They began their initial charity and volunteering work with several small local charities and helping the Prince’s Trust and Athena Networks - which was recognised with another visit to Buckingham Palace, hosted by HRH Prince Charles. “Retirement” from commercial business to concentrate on Second Nature Life Support has been a life changing move.
Ross Abbott started his career with the National Health Service in the Accident and Emergency Department at NHS Rotherham. Working on the front line of trauma treatment and daily life and death situations put into perspective the importance of health and living healthy lifestyles. Retrained in the world of finance he became financial manager for a county cricket club and accounts manager for a magistrate court solicitor - experiencing people on another side of life in the criminal justice system and sports and leisure industries.
Helen Jakeman has a long career in social care, working with vulnerable children and adults, adults with learning difficulties, and teenage mothers across Barnsley, Derbyshire, and Doncaster. Working with families and carers significant networking and support initiatives were developed to ensure people remain independent and active.
Sylvia Melia has been involved in senior managerial positions within the pharmaceutical industry and leisure sectors, and has a wide experience of being people focused. Sylvia also has a commercial background and previously involved in other charities around South Yorkshire.
We were honoured to be commended with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service - recognition of the hard work and successes of everyone involved in the Charity. We had our third invitation to Buckingham Palace, and welcomed HRH The Princess Royal to Winthrop Park to receive the Award.