John Turner MInstF (Dip) - Chair Trustee

   Born in Kent “an awfully long time ago(!)” John now lives in Devon where he runs a successful charity fundraising consultancy. A founder member of Respite John is also a Trustee of The Bentley Young Persons Trust and an active member of the Penrith & District Red Squirrel Group and is an Associate Mental Health Act Manager for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Devon Partnership NHS Trust (after 14 years at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust). Having spent many years as a volunteer fundraiser, earning a living in the book trade, he joined The Nottinghamshire Hospice as full time fundraiser in 1997 before moving to Cumbria in 2000. In 2016 John moved to Devon "where the rain is much warmer"  It is the work at the hospice along with first hand experience that made John realise the desperate need for an organisation like the Respite Association

Dr Alastair Bell MBBS DFFP - Secretary/Trustee

  Principal in General Practice in Holbeach Lincolnshire. Alastair has been in general practice as a principal for 23 years and senior partner for 9 years. He was instrumental in saving the local hospital from closure and preserving and expanding the respite element in that unit. He has been a non executive director of the FHSA and Lincolnshire Health. He has also been the Forensic Medical Officer for Lincolnshire Police for 14 years. He is married to Carole and has two grown up children.

Kate Turner BSc (Hons) MInstF (Dip) - Trustee

  Kate has been involved with Charity work since her stint as Office Manager for the Myasthenia Gravis Association, a national medical charity. Through MGA Kate met her Husband John who she married in 1997 and they now live in (very) rural Devon with their dizzy collie dog Jess.  Kate has worked for, and managed, several other charities and continues to be involved with Charities up and down the Country (and around the World) as a Consultant with her Husband’s Charity Advisory Business.  Kate has been a Trustee of Respite since 2002 and is a Full Diploma Member of the Institute of Fundraising and also the holder of accountancy qualifications. Kate is currently studying for a Phd at Plymouth University.

Catherine Scaife - Treasurer/Trustee

  It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Catherine Scaife on 10th July last in Rotherham Hospital. Cate joined The Respite Association as a Trustee Board Member in December 2010 and became National Hon. Treasurer in 2013 a post she held until her untimely passing.


John Turner (Chair of Trustees) announced that in recognition of Catherine’s work there would in future be one specific grant made each year to an unpaid Carer looking after someone who’s husband or wife suffers from Dementia, this grant will be called “The Catherine Scaife Memorial Grant”.


Preston Keeling (CEO) said “we will all miss Cate as she was a wonderful supporter of the Charity and its work and her personal experience in dealing with her husband’s dementia gave her an excellent insight into the problems facing many elderly Carers”.

Carole Bell - Trustee


Carole Bell - Born in London where she trained as a general nurse and then as a midwife. She moved to Lincolnshire in 1985 with husband, Alastair, and two children. Following the move Carole worked in a local community hospital which provided some respite care and care for the elderly, giving her an insight into the support that carers need.

Carole then moved into Primary care and trained as a practice nurse where she encountered some of the difficulties that carers face and the importance of their role.

After 35 years in nursing Carole has now retired to help look after her three small grandsons.


Eilene Keeling MInstAM - Admin & IT


For some years she was the carer for her late husband, Barrie, who suffered from long-term heart disease. Until early 2010 Eilene worked as the P.A to the Finance Director of a flourishing local company in Lincolnshire. In 1999 Eilene married our Chief Executive Preston.  Apart from her involvement with the Respite Association Eilene is currently the Chair of one of her local PPG’s (Patients Participation Group) and serves on the Public Participation Committee of the NHS South Holland Clinical Commissioning Group as the Healthwatch Lincolnshire Representative. Eilene has two grown-up children Linzie and Neil and two young grandchildren who are the apple of her eye.

Preston Keeling FInstF - Chief Executive


Preston has been active in the voluntary sector for over 40 years. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. For almost ten years he was a senior manager with Scope, serving on the team that managed the name change away from being called The Spastics Society. Preston served as the Chief Executive of The Myasthenia Gravis Association (A national medical Charity) for over five years, before helping to set-up the Respite Association after caring for his wife Dorothy prior to her death from Cancer. Preston is involved with a number of other charitable and/or health organisations, he is Chair of The Lincolnshire Neurological Alliance and is currently serving as the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Lay Member on the Governing Body of the NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (SLCCG) Previously Preston was a Non-Executive Director on an NHS PCT and was the Public Design Champion on the project to build (now completed) the new Johnson Hospital in Spalding. Preston has two adult daughters. He re-married some years ago and lives in Lincolnshire with his wife Eilene and their two dogs.


The Respite Association is a registered charity number 1086598

A message from our Patron Miss Joanna Lumley OBE, FRGS

" Of all the unsung heroes in the world, carers come top of my list. It is humbling to read of the love, time and dedication they give so constantly to others: their voices are seldom heard, as they so seldom complain. When they DO call for help we must react at once, with support and understanding and gratitude. And lovely money: what seems like peanuts to larger organisations would be a godsend to the Respite Association, as it means that we can help ease the burden (which would be intolerable in our own lives) and bring some comfort, escape and freedom to those who give their all to others every day and night, week after month after year. These are my heroes: these are the stars I admire and applaud. Knowing that every gift to Respite will bring happiness touches me hugely.  I am so proud to be Patron of this fine charity. "