Team BBB

Our Trustees

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!

Josephine Kench

I discovered BBB in 2019 after looking for places to donate my baby items to local families. I was impressed by the volunteers and how the community would pull together to support requests for basic baby goods like nappies and formula.

I wanted to get involved with BBB by using skills gained from my professional career so joined as a Trustee where I work with 6 others to help govern BBB and also support the Treasurer with some financial tasks. I really enjoy volunteering with BBB knowing that my time is spent supporting those in need.

I live with my husband and 2 young, energetic, children and work full time managing pharma client relationships for a large Contract Research Organisation. In my spare time I enjoy swimming and reading.

Eva Fiz

Eva has many years of governance experience as she has worked for the NHS both as a regulator and as Deputy Director of Improvement.

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.

Chirag Jethwani
Treasurer & Trustee

My wife discovered BBB while searching for ways to give our children’s pre-loved toys, clothes, and strollers a second life. Being the designated driver of donations, I couldn’t help but witness firsthand the magical impact BBB had on the lives of our local families.

At BBB, I provide financial information to the trustees, enabling them to oversee and make informed management decisions.

When I’m not crunching numbers and making sure every pound finds its happy place, I have the privilege of chasing after my two energetic children. Parenthood has deepened my appreciation for community, inspiring me to contribute and make the world better, starting locally.

Kerri Rawley
Trustee and Referrals Manager

Having stumbled across BBB’s Facebook page when looking for somewhere to donate my children’s clothes, the power of community and the amazing work being done by a local group of women like me blew me away and when the opportunity to join the team as an FLV came up in 2019 I jumped at the chance to get involved. In 2022 I became Referrals Manager, dealing with the referrals made to the charity on a daily basis and in this role, seeing the difference our service is making to families across the borough makes me so proud to be a part of this team. In the few years that I have volunteered for the charity I have seen it double in size and I am really excited to take this next step with the charity and move into the role of trustee as the charity grows.

I work full time as an Executive Assistant and IT Co-ordinator and have 2 children who keep me busy. When I am not ferrying them around to their extra curricular activities I enjoy playing netball and unwinding with a good book.

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.

Emma Warren

I became aware of BBB just after the Charity started when I was looking to pass on some of my daughter’s clothes and toys. Having followed them since then, I have seen how need in our local area has increased and been impressed by BBB’s ability to always help those families. When the opportunity to become a Trustee arose, I thought it was the perfect way to support the Charity and give something back to my local community.

I am a mother of one and have lived in the London Borough of Bromley for most of my life. After a career in investment banking, I retrained as a teacher and have worked in several schools in the Borough. In my spare time I enjoy playing netball and going to the gym

General Manager

Amy Day
General Manager

Having lived in the Borough of Bromley pretty much all my life, I really wanted to get involved in a charity which helped the community I have grown up in. I first heard of BBB many years ago when my children’s school supported the Bed for every child campaign and I have followed their amazing work and journey ever since.
My role involves overseeing the day to day running of BBB and no day is ever the same which is what makes being a part of Team BBB a fantastic place to be.

Outside of BBB, I have two children who are sport mad so I’m kept super busy driving them to all their matches and training.

Our Grants and Fundraising Lead

Jenny Manning
Grants and Fundraising Lead

I got involved with BBB when my children were very small. I wanted to do something practical to help other mums and dads in my local area.

As the Fundraising Lead 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 so proud to be part of a fantastic team who are constantly striving to make life a little easier for families facing difficult times.

When I am not filling in grant applications, I am a mum-of-three, and enjoy attempting to garden, and turning my hand to some questionable DIY.

Our Volunteers

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Rebecca Galea
Family Liaison Volunteer

I had been seeing from afar the amazing work that BBB does over a few years and was thrilled when a volunteer position came up. It felt like a brilliant way to make a real difference.

My role as a Family Liaison Volunteer is to source and deliver everything needed for families and individuals who desperately need it.

I’d do this role every day of the week if I could but I think my very busy 4 year old might have something to say about that…she’s a great helper in preparing the deliveries though!

Polly Rose
Family Liaison Volunteer

I was a supporter of BBB for a couple of years and thought the way they passed on high quality children’s items from families who no longer needed them to those who couldn’t afford them was a great idea and decided to get more involved when I saw them advertise for more volunteers.

As a Family Liason Volunteer based in Sidcup, I coordinate getting donations to families mainly in the Orpington/Mottingham/Chislehurst areas.

Since being a part of BBB I’ve met so many genuinely kind supporters and am proud to be part of a fantastic team helping families who are so thankful for the help. Outside of BBB I have two energetic primary aged children and work with a local school too.

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.

Sandrine Grech
Family Liaison Volunteer

I decided to get involved with BBB during covid, thinking about how I could use my “spare time” to help local families in need.

Being a Family Liaison Volunteer involves being able to source & deliver requested items in a respectful way. I liaise with the BBB team/support workers & families. I’m proud of being part of BBB team as it is run by amazing human beings for families who deserves our time.

Outside of BBB, I work part time as a Stewardess on board Eurostar. I Live with my partner & 2 kids aged 9 and 14. I value family time & love a good party.

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.

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!

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.

Anna Austin
Fundraising and Communications Volunteer

Having been involved with volunteering projects such as sewing scrubs and Christmas bags for Ukraine I wanted to do some volunteer work on a more regular basis locally. I have been following BBB for years and love the way they harness the generosity of community to achieve their mission.

I joined the team on the communications side, getting involved with social media and spreading awareness of BBB and all they do. Everyone mucks in to get things done, it’s a very welcoming team and I love seeing first hand what donations truly mean to the community they support.

I currently work in a school but have a background in finance and childcare. I live in Orpington with my husband and 2 girls who I’d like them to grow up understanding the importance of giving back and supporting others. I love the outdoors and being creative and crafty.

Jen Peters
Corporate Fundraising Volunteer

I’ve been a supporter of BBB for many years and admire the great work they do for the local community.

When the opportunity to make a more active contribution came up, I was delighted to join the team and hope to make a difference to the people of Bromley.

The team have been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to working with everyone and building relationships with local businesses.

Kathryn Clarke
Family Liaison Volunteer

I joined the BBB Facebook group about 6 years ago, giving donations of baby items, toys and clothes that my 2 children had outgrown. I’ve also donated during the Christmas Hamper Campaigns. I became a Family Liaison Volunteer in 2022 and find it very rewarding seeing how the charity really does make a direct difference in the community. I liaise with referred families directly to understand how the charity can help them, then request and gather donations ready to deliver to the families.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what you can do to help families that need it in our own community, but BBB operates very effectively to get practical items directly where they are needed. Whether that’s donating outgrown clothes and toys, buying extra everyday baby items in the weekly shop or making generous donations – the supporter base is so valued and so important to the charity. It is very rewarding seeing how the community pull together to help others, many of us have so many useful items that we no longer use or don’t know what to do with, and BBB can help get these to families that need them. I enjoy volunteering and doing something practical that I can see is making a difference.

Madeleine Hay
Bed for every child Co-ordinator

I’ve been the A Bed For Every Child Coordinator at BBB since it began in 2016. 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.

Karen Ozkan
Family Liaison Volunteer

I got involved with Bromley a brighter Beginnings after hearing about it from a friend.  
Once I started following on Facebook my heart hurt for the families that are in need and I just knew that I had to get involved and become a volunteer.  The work that is being done by this wonderful charity restores faith in human nature.  People are so kind and it is lovely to be involved with people that care about others. In my other life I have a demanding full time job as an estate agent selling new build properties ,2 grown up wonderful children and share the family Cockapoo who often comes with me to make deliveries to our mums.  I often think they are more pleased to see him than me!

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.

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.

Rhian Arrenberg
Family Liaison Volunteer

I became a FLV in 2022. I knew about BBB through Facebook, as I’d previously donated things that my children had outgrown. But it wasn’t until I became a FLV that I realised just how many families in the borough that BBB was helping.

As a FLV, I pick up as many referrals as I can, and liaise with the families and our amazing supporters to try and give the families what they so desperately need. It makes such an enormous difference to them when they no longer have to worry about their children being able to sleep well, be comfortable, go to school etc and essentially just be kids.

It’s a privilege to be part of Team BBB. I’ve met lots of amazing women, who give huge amounts of their time, experience, and expertise to help others.

Outside of BBB, I’m a mum of two boys, a former solicitor, keen gardener and expert tennis spectator

Katherine Clark
Family Liaison Volunteer

I recently joined BBB as an FLV in my local area (Penge and Anerley). As a relatively new mum I frequently observe the desire for people to see their pre loved items go to a good home and equally there are many people who desperately need those preloved items. It’s great to be part of an organisation that helps facilitate that exchange. Outside of volunteering I work full time as a General Manager within a large travel organisation.

Anna Davis
Family Liaison Volunteer

I’ve lived in the borough of Bromley for over ten years, and I’m bringing up my two children here. I’ve become very aware of how many families are struggling locally, and how the Covid pandemic has made life even more difficult for many. After following BBB on facebook, I decided I wanted to get more involved.

In my spare time I enjoy running and cycling, and hiking with my family in the Kent countryside”