Here’s the blog to meet our two lovely team members who oversee the beneficiary applications and ensure the charity runs smoothly day-to-day.
Introduce yourself I’m Jean Kelly, I live in Olney a small market town in Buckinghamshire. It is where the Pancake Race originated from and the hymn Amazing Grace was written!
Job Title Head of Charity
Background The majority of my career has been in PR and Events. I have worked in the Headquarters of Volkswagen Group, Citroen, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover and the Forensic Science Service before it closed down. My previous role was Fundraising Manager at the PSP Association where I had a £1,000,000 fundraising target. PSPA is small National Charity that helps people who are living with PSP and CBD – terminal neurological conditions – their family and friends.
Why did you join? I knew it was a charity I could be passionate about. I know how hard hairdressers work to make ends meet and it’s a privilege to be able to Help Hairdressers In Need.
Best fundraising tip Always share the lengths you go to when holding or taking part in an event on social media. If you are training for a run post the photos of you looking wet and bedraggled and include the link of your giving page. You’ll be amazed by the results.
Likes My loves are animals, singing and dancing, oh and of course holidays!
Dislikes My pet hates are heights, celery and pears!
Home life I am a servant to my two elderly cats Delilah and Hedges. For fun, I go to Pilates and I am a member of a Musical Theatre Choir. Most of my weekends I spend visiting friends, thinking about fundraising and fundraising! In my spare time I am Chairwoman and Trustee of RSPCA Milton Keynes and North Bucks. As a separately registered charity we have to raise £300,000+ annually as a branch to continue the current level of work.
Introduce yourself My name is Natalie Booker. I spent the majority of my formative years in the Midlands (Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham), but I have lived in Bedford for 20+ years, which is where my husband Mark is from.
Job Title I am the Beneficiaries Executive so I maintain relationships with existing child & adult beneficiaries of the charity, and process all new applications, which I then present for consideration to the Charity Committee at its monthly meetings.
Background I have spent the majority of my career in admin/PR/office management roles. I gave up work in 2006 when my first child was born – and didn’t return to work until my 2nd child reached school age.
Why did you join? To help make a small difference to the life of someone that is struggling for whatever reason, is extremely rewarding. We spend so much of our time at work – doing something meaningful within that time is an enormous bonus.
Likes LOVE food (& wine) and cooking programmes – can’t get enough of them! Love cycling, movies & music.
Dislikes Celery, like Jean, insincerity, and being on a (permanent) diet!
Home life My husband and I have been together for 22 years – and we have 2 children George & Chloe (11 & 8 years respectively) and a litter-trained, house bunny called ‘Fella’ (named by my then 6 year old daughter).