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.

Hannah C Bendle
Family Liaison Volunteer

I originally discovered BBB on Facebook through one of their Christmas Hamper appeals a few years ago, and I have been a supporter ever since. The fact that there are so many families in the Borough of Bromley that are struggling to provide clothing basics for their children is heart breaking. A few recent life changes have meant that I am now in a position to help in a more practical way, so when a post in my area became available, I wanted to offer to help. Knowing that 100% of all donations go directly to the families that need it is an important part of deciding to support BBB. These donations make such a difference to the daily life of ‘our’ families, and seeing how the local community rally together to provide these donations is a privilege. 

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
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.

Sophie Dalby
Family Liaison Volunteer

I started following BBB a while back on Facebook and admired how much support they were giving to families all year round. I honestly did not realise the level of need in our local borough before this. As soon as a position came up to volunteer with this charity, I knew it was something I wanted to help with. It breaks my heart knowing that there are children on my doorstep that are in need.

I grew up in Hayes and moved back to the area in March 2021 with my husband. I work full time as a Chartered Accountant and I’m a dog mum to a chihuahua who is a complete diva!

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.

Vicky Goodman
Family Liaison Volunteer

I joined the BBB Facebook a year ago and was shocked at the level of need in the Bromley area and knew that I wanted to do something to help. I also work for the NSPCC and Childline and understand the impact of not having the right school uniform or new shoes can have on the confidence of a child. Every child deserves warm clothes and toys to play with and if we can play a tiny part in helping some children have that, then that is amazing.

I have a husband and a two year old daughter who keep me busy in my spare time and we can usually be found somewhere where there is lots of food!

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
Secretary & Trustee

I am the Secretary and a Trustee of BBB. 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.

Chirag Jethwani
Treasurer

I came across BBB when looking for ways to put our pre-loved toys, clothes, beds and other baby supplies to good use by helping those in need. BBB was making such a difference in people’s lives and I was keen to get more involved with the local community. Having worked in finance and accounting for over 15 years, the treasurer role seemed like the best way for me to contribute further towards BBB’s fantastic work.

Since becoming a dad to 2 ‘active’ boys, I try to stay healthy and fit to keep up with the little ones. When I have the luxury of time, I enjoy playing sports – tennis and basketball mostly.

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.

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.

Laura Martin
Family Liaison Volunteer

I discovered BBB when I was looking for places to donate my kids’ buggy. I’m passionate about reusing and recycling so loved the idea that my pre-loved things could help a family in need. I’ve followed BBB’s Facebook group ever since and love seeing how the community pulls together for local families. My background is in children’s social services so I’ve seen the impact of poverty on children’s wellbeing and development. I am so excited to be involved in providing practical help, giving families dignity and hope for the future.

I’m the mum of two little girls. I live half my life at home begrudgingly playing a brave knight or giant troll. We bought a campervan in the first lock down so I’m naming camping as my hobby in the hope that 2022 will be the year I enjoy it! I like cycling downhill, and jogging when cars go past then walking when no one can see.

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.

Laura Sheen
Family Liaison Volunteer

I came across BBB during the Christmas Hamper Campaign 2020. I was in awe of the organisation of the volunteers, and wowed by the way the community pulled together to bring Christmas to many families who would have otherwise had nothing. When I learned of the work BBB do all year round helping local families I thought it was ingenious. So many people have items gathering dust in lofts that others are so desperately in need of.

I struggle with the imbalance in society, and the knowledge of families, especially children living in poverty. I love volunteering, it feels like I am doing something practical to help. Outside of BBB I work part time as an Executive Assistant, have two children and a nuisance of a dog who I spend vast amounts of my time running around after.

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.

Trish Wallace
Family Liaison Volunteer

I joined BBB during Covid 2020 as having been involved 1st hand in helping in the local community and seeing the value & impact of that I wanted to continue giving back directly to our community.

As a Grannie to 3 very fortunate young kids it breaks my heart to hear and see how hard it is for families we at BBB support. I am full of admiration for what BBB does through its volunteer team and supporters who make what we do possible and the practical help provided to families in need.

Having worked in project management for decades, I’m now enjoying semi retirement combining various volunteer work with time with the husband, bit of social running and being “owned” by our boxer dog girl.

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.