Meet the Bromley Brighter Beginnings volunteers

Emma Martin
Chair

I read an article about mums who were going into hospital to give birth, unable to afford maternity sanitary towels. Having just given birth to my second son, I knew that having children was tough enough without extra stress and deprivation like that. I had to do something, so I set up BBB and found that most parents share that wish to support other families. The Charity has gone from strength to strength since we started in 2012, and I am proud of what we have all achieved together.

I am a Solicitor, Yoga teacher and mum of two energetic boys!

Angie Bragg
Family Liaison volunteer

I’ve always helped out with BBB – my daughter’s a trustee and she suggested I get properly involved.

I also Volunteer for Age Concern

Mary Bragg
Family Liaison volunteer

I received a lot of practical help in terms of clothes and equipment when I had my boys and wanted to be able to give some of that back to people in need. I’ve also seen through my work the distress brought by not having the means to get everything that your baby needs. If we can alleviate some of that worry that seems to me like the right thing to do.

I have two boys and work part time as an NHS therapist. I also enjoys distance swimming when I can.

Sofie Cain
Family Liaison volunteer

Through donating a few items to BBB I got a feel for what a fantastic team they were and what difference they made, I wanted to give something back to the community and thought this was a great way of helping.

I am a full time mum to a boy and a girl, when I am not busy ferrying them to school and various activities I like running and working out and of course helping out with BBB whenever I can

Marissa Charles
Induction & Training volunteer

As a volunteer, I see the impact that BBB makes first-hand.

I am also a Volunteer Management Officer @ Community Southwark

Lorelei Freeman
Volunteer & Trustee

I was shocked when I realised the level of need in our Borough and I felt compelled to get involved somehow. I believe in the power of community to make tangible changes that improve life for local people, and that’s why I’m so passionate about being involved in BBB.  I love working with our fabulous volunteers and am always amazed by the generosity of our supporters.

I have two children, work for a debt advice charity in West London. In my spare time I enjoy playing racquetball, drinking wine with my book group, and walking / running to keep fit.

Jenny Gibbons
Family Liaison volunteer

BBB is a brilliant grass roots organisation which has a direct impact in supporting some of the most vulnerable families in the borough. Every BBB volunteer I have met through working with the charity speaks with such passion and clear commitment for helping others. It’s so simple and efficient, connecting donations with families in need in a very practical, generous and non-judgemental way. It’s tough enough being a parent at the best of times and giving others the practical kit and resources to ease that transition is a fantastic and worthwhile cause.

I’m proud to be a part of it. Im am a mum of one, and work as an art psychotherapist in Croydon and Bromley.

Tracy Griffin
Treasurer & Trustee

I am a Trustee and the Treasurer of BBB and have been since 2014. I am hugely proud of what the charity has achieved and how many families we have been able to reach since we started, and the difference it makes.
We have grown from strength to strength and are now able to make a positive impact to more people living in Bromley.
I am passionate about BBB, and am lucky enough to work with an amazing group of women who all have busy lives and still find the time to make someone else’s life that little bit better.
I work part time in Early Years, and am a Mum to two girls, and I think its important
they learn that giving back should always be the way forward.

Madeleine Hay
'Bed for Every Child' coordinator (volunteer) and Trustee

I’m a Trustee at BBB after 3 years of being a FLV. I love volunteering for BBB a i know that all resources, both time and money go directly to the people who need it. I can’t bear the thought of people living in poverty and it’s so amazing to be able to help families in need in our area.

I am studying for my Dyslexia support qualification and volunteer in some Bromley schools to support this.

Nikki Moore
Family Liaison volunteer & Trustee

I volunteered as BBB is such a great way of assisting people gain essential items for their family life – something that a lot of people don’t realise they can ask for. BBB bridges an important gap in family welfare, and I am proud to be part of this growing team.

I am a full time childminder, mummy of 2 and a keen netball player… who loves crisps and chocolate

Natalie Orsborn-Morales
Family Liaison volunteer

I have always helped different charities and wanted to help a charity in my borough, specifically to help families in need. BBB is a great charity to work for and I enjoy helping families in need directly. It’s extremely rewarding

I started working part time as an Executive Assistant in the city when my eldest son started primary school in 2016. I had only worked full time prior to this but I wanted to spend more quality time with my children. I also didn’t want to miss out on the school runs and school holidays!

Sue Saikia
Family Liaison volunteer

I volunteered for BBB because I wanted to help families in the Borough. I love that my role brings the generosity of people in the Borough to families who need it. I’m a mummy to 2 little boys, work as a management consultant and if I get any free time I enjoy going for a run and watching a good boxset.

Helen Scothern
Family liaison volunteer

I had supported BBB through offering donations initially. The opportunity to volunteer for them came up. I felt that I wanted to give more to help families in need & support this amazing charity.

I’m a Children’s Nurse at Evelina London, I am a co leader at St Augustine’s Parent & Toddler Group. I’m a big fan of the outdoors & love to cycle.

Helen Scutt
Social Media Manager (volunteer)

I got involved with BBB after they were our charity of the year at work

I’m a Marketing executive at a law firm

Carrie Starace
Family Liaison volunteer

Since becoming a mum I’ve experienced how hard it can be. I can only (thankfully) imagine how difficult it is when you are experiencing domestic violence or any other hardship

I’m the director of a sports coaching company (going into schools and teaching PE), a full time mum, a runner, and a member of the Churchfields Community Choir.

Lisa Warren
Family Liaison volunteer

I’ve been volunteering at BBB for quite some time now, and over the years I’ve seen some terrible deprivation right here in our Borough, which I found really shocking at first. I love the grass-roots way people are able to lend a hand by passing on their pre-loved items; it’s great to see at first hand the impact donations can make to local families in need.

I’m a Business Manager, school governor & Mum of 2 lovely boys. Any spare time I manage to squeeze in is taken up with keeping fit and gardening.

Karen Bell
Graphic Designer (volunteer)

I have volunteered for BBB since it’s inception as it was a charity that was purely about helping those in dire need. I wanted to use my skills to help the best way I could.

I’m a mum of 2 and in my spare time I’m a musician in a band. I’m also and artist and I create all sorts of art, crafts and costumes.