Our Volunteers

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!

Amanda Ashford
Volunteer Operations Manager

I joined BBB as I wanted to use the skills I had acquired in my years working in the retail industry to help people in my local community. My role as stock coordinator aims to ensure that we have what we need, when we need it, which in turn will allow the BBB team to respond efficiently to referrals in this ever-growing charity. It is great to be part of such a hard-working team and part of a community with so many generous supporters.

Having worked in the fashion retail industry for sixteen years, managing the distribution of products, I am now a stay at home mum with my two energetic boys and my little french bulldog. I enjoy going to the gym, eating out and long dog walks with my family.

Melanie Bourne
Family Liaison Volunteer

I had followed BBB for a while, I donated where and when I could. When I saw the advert to apply to volunteer for the charity I jumped at the chance. A charity that helps local people was just what I wanted to do. I have three young children and I thought how I could do something worth while and make it work around my children easily.

Mary Bragg
Neonatal Resources Coordinator & Trustee

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 enjoy distance swimming when I can.

Katie Broadfield
Family Liaison Volunteer

I became aware of Bromley Brighter Beginnings through local friends and started volunteering in March 2020. I am a Family Liaison Volunteer and I deal directly with referrals, collecting donations from our amazing supporter base and delivering to the families in need. It has really opened my eyes to the poverty that exists in our Borough and I feel honoured to be part of a charity making a real and immediate difference to Bromley children and families.

When not volunteering for BBB I work part time as a Solicitor and have two primary aged children, a firefighter husband and a retired racing greyhound to keep me busy. Part of my reason for volunteering with BBB was to demonstrate to my son and daughter the importance of giving back and trying to make sure they grow up with a good social conscience.

Lorelei Freeman
Volunteer Coordinator & 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.

Sandrine Grech
Family Liaison Volunteer

I am a mum of two children 12 years old and 7y & living with my partner. I also work part-time in the travel industry.

I’ve discovered BBB on facebook during the first lockdown. Thinking of families struggling for food & being isolated during that time made me feel sick in my stomach. I knew i had to help. I was so relieved to hear about this amazing Charity!

The wonderful team of volunteers provides what every human being deserves: help,suppport&care. I am proud to have joined BBB & give some of my time to help families in our community.

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 on 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 it’s important they learn that giving back should always be the way forward.

Madeleine Hay
Bed for Every Child Coordinator & Trustee

I’m a Trustee at BBB after three years of being a family liaison volunteer. I love volunteering for BBB and 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.

Alisa Igoe
A Healthy Home for Every Child Coordinator

In 2020 BBB and another local charity, Bromley Relief in Need (BRIN), met to discuss how we could collaborate and build on Marcus Rashford’s inspiring campaign to feed vulnerable children. I was shocked to hear so many Bromley families in need do not have vital kitchen appliances. I am delighted and proud to be the Coordinator for the Healthy Home campaign BBB and BRIN set up in Spring 2021, providing new fridges and cookers to families to enable them to keep their perishable food cool and produce warm, nourishing meals for their children.

I’m the mother of twins, both at university and I love reading, current affairs, art galleries and gardening.

Emma James
Family Liaison Volunteer

I moved to Bromley 5 years ago and have supported BBB through their donation requests since I became aware they existed. The covid pandemic has demonstrated to us all just how quickly a stable income and home life can be turned upside down so when the opportunity came up to apply to directly help people locally in a more formal capacity I jumped at it.

I have a young child myself and work in London (well, from home right now), so fit in my volunteer role around nursery runs and meetings. It is incredibly rewarding and makes me feel like I am doing something valuable for my community.

Lucy Kennedy
Referrals Coordinator Volunteer

I started volunteering for BBB because I admired the way it gives practical assistance to families. Parenting is hard enough when you are not having to do without essential items, so I wanted to do what I could in my own local area to help make families’ lives a little easier. I get great satisfaction from knowing that my time goes to something useful, and I’m really proud of the work we do.

I have two young boys and am an avid reader, movie-goer and baker, so I fit volunteering for BBB around school runs, cinema trips and searching for new taste testers!

Louise Machin
Family Liaison Volunteer

I began volunteering for BBB in early 2020 having been moved by the stories I was reading online and impressed by the wonderful work volunteers were doing to help keep desperate families afloat.

I was pleased to have the chance to become a Family Liaison Volunteer when I saw the opportunity and it immediately felt like the kind of work I wanted to be involved with. I have previously trained as a Samaritan and worked with Crisis and other charities so it felt familiar. It’s so important that we all help those struggling with difficult life circumstances, it could be any of us at any point.

I’m mum to three boys, Lucas, Jude and Theo, and we live high up in Crystal Palace. I also work as a sales director and producer for Illuminations Television. We make docs and film live theatre in the area of arts and performance. I’m a passionate cyclist and have completed charity rides in Brazil and India over the past 4 years. Looking forward to the next one in Egypt in late 2022.

Jenny Manning
Fundraising Volunteer

As the fundraising volunteer for BBB, my main focus is to raise as much money as possible so that this wonderful charity can continue its great work now and far into the future. I am always learning and am hopeful that I can really help make a difference to those most in need in our community.

I previously worked as a national newspaper journalist for nearly 10 years before becoming a full-time mum to my two young girls. And for some reason I decided having two children wasn’t quite stressful and chaotic enough, so baby number three is on the way.

Nancy Lengthorn
Trustee and Christmas hamper coordinator

I started volunteering for BBB when I was on maternity leave with children number 3 and 4 (twins). Because why make life easy?! I passionately believe that life is about serving society and although it’s hard to fit everything in around work and family and dogs, I get so much out of being a Trustee for BBB. On a bad day, the generosity and engagement of our supporters can lift me like nothing else!

I am Global Chief Inclusion Officer for a large advertising company and like to try and bring some of that knowledge to BBB when I can. We all bring our own unique skills to the BBB crew and I am very proud to be part of a group of women who are dedicated, empathic and strong and who make such a difference to local families.

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!

Anna Parsonage
Community Engagement Volunteer

I’ve supported Bromley Brighter Beginnings for a few years but wanted to do more to help, as I was saddened by the stories of families struggling in my local area. I joined as Community Engagement Volunteer and now also do most of our Facebook and Twitter posts. It’s been a great learning curve for me and I love being engaged with the work Team BBB do. I feel passionate about spreading the word about what we do so we reach as many local people as possible, whether as supporters or because they need our help.

I’m currently a stay-at-home parent to two daughters, and I enjoy reading and dress-making.

Kerriann Rawley
Family Liaison Volunteer

I originally joined the BBB Facebook page in the hope of giving away some of my children’s old clothes to a good cause. The more I learnt about the charity and the way they support families in need, the more I wanted to get involved so I jumped at the chance to become a volunteer.

I am a mum to a three-year-old girl and four-year-old boy, a full-time PA and love netball and dancing when I get the chance.

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.

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.

Viv Stowe
Family Liaison Volunteer

I volunteered for an NHS Support shop during the height of the first Covid-19 lockdown and when that came to a natural end I wanted to carry on giving the available time I had.

I was so pleased to have the opportunity to volunteer for such a great charity. I want to spread the word of what Bromley Brighter Beginnings offers, and having lived in the borough of Bromley all my life its great to give back.

Having commuted to London for work for many years, I now enjoy working locally, and in my spare time I enjoy long walks with my gorgeous two rescue dogs.

Karen Bell
Graphic Designer Volunteer

I have volunteered for BBB since it’s inception. It’s a wonderful charity made up of lovely volunteers who do so much to directly help those in our community who are in dire need. I wanted to use my graphic design skills to help.

I also a volunteer designer for local community group Greener & Cleaner Bromley and beyond.

I’m a mum of two and in my spare time, I’m a musician in 3 bands and an artist, creating all sorts of art, crafts and costumes.