Our Volunteers

Meet the Bromley Brighter Beginnings volunteers

Emma Martin

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
Stock Coordinator Volunteer

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.

Katrina Beal-Parnacott
Communications Volunteer

I strongly believe that giving back and volunteering in your local community helps to make the community a better place to live. When I learned about the important and essential work BBB does with vulnerable families; I knew I needed to get involved. I’m proud to be part of the Communications team and focusing on expanding our social media reach, as well as managing various campaigns and projects to increase the visibility of the important work BBB does within the London Borough of Bromley.

I’m a stay-at-home mum to a fun-loving daughter, and when I have free time, you can find me at the gym, crafting, and watching my daughter save goals on the football pitch.

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.

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.

Kelly Jack
Family Liaison Volunteer

I wanted to volunteer for BBB for a couple of reasons; I am a great believer in practical help for families. I also wanted to work within my local Bromley community.

Since joining BBB I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the BBB supporters and community. It really does feel special to be part of such a great team.

I am a Company Director and Mum of two humans and a cat and dog.

Lori Jackson
Family Liaison Volunteer

I supported BBB when my children were babies, and they are now 10 & 7! I donated various items such as cots, high chair, stair gates. I always wanted to help out that little bit more but time was limited. Now that my children are older and at school, I can now help out properly.

I am a stay at home mum, and we have recently welcomed a 12-week old mini schnauzer puppy into our home, he is called Milo and is causing chaos. At least he’ll keep me fit with the many walks he’ll be dragging me out on.

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!

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.

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.

Lucy Smallman
Family Liaison Volunteer

I’ve been living in the London Borough of Bromley my entire life and have now reached a time where I want to give something back to my community. When I heard about BBB I realised that this was the type of charity that I would like to help. I have two daughters and I’ve worked in the early years sector for ten years. I feel passionate that every child deserves the basic requirements to achieve a good start in life. And nobody should have to go without essentials in this day and age. I’m excited to be part of such a lovely team!

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.