Former Trustee and Ambassador for Jessie May, James Short died unexpectedly on 16th October 2022 whilst out cycling with his club.  

He is much loved and will always be remembered as a man of many interests and accomplishments, from his impressive military career and his adventurous spirit, skiing, cycling or sailing round the world, to his care for others, be it working with local businesses or supporting charities close to his heart. 

James and Claire Short at the recent Jessie May Celebration event.

James met many of the children and families that Jessie May supports, accompanied nurses on visits and attended various family events including the annual Christmas Party.  He was passionate about the care and support that Jessie May provides to children with life limiting conditions in their homes, and cared deeply about helping this amazing cause.  

As such, he was privileged to serve as the Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2013. He brought his expertise in strategic thinking and business mentorship skills to the Board and the Chief Executive, assisting Jessie May with its strategic development.  He led from the front and, in his own inimitable style, inspired everyone. 

He handed over his role of Chair of Trustees in order to pursue his dream of adventure under sail, but on his return, he continued to support the Board and energetically pursued the development of the Ambassador role.  James felt very strongly that the charity deserved every bit of support and publicity that was available. He was always ready to speak to groups, to introduce others to Jessie May and to involve his networks in fundraising activities, raising thousands of pounds for Jessie May. 

Chris Roys who recently retired after 18 years as CEO and who worked closely with James said “Despite James gravitas as a Major General he was a very gentle and humble man, down to earth and with a great sense of fun and humour. I will miss him”