The last 12 months in the life of our charity Mummy’s Star has been one of growing and of change.
This has been both of a geographical level but also on the board.
Over the last few months we have been very excited to welcome four new board members to Mummy’s Star in Cathy Wentworth, Andy Bretherton, Vikki Holme and Joanne Mills and you will get to know all of them more as their work with us blossoms.
We have also though, in that time, had to say thank you and goodbye to six trustees ,all of whom had been with us since the beginning in 2013. Part of the founding team:
Clare McCall – A wonderful mum, who has been there and experienced first hand what the situation, which we try to support through, is like. Clare has been a wonderful source of guidance both for myself and the team in bouncing ideas off, her scrutiny has been pinpoint, her work supporting our families in helping to set up and manage our forums, her unbelievable energy in helping to organise huge fundraising events and campaigns including a first ball, 28 days later and of course PennineDays. She has drawn so many people to us, both mums needing us and fundraisers alike.
David Mundy – Our treasurer who has kept us on track these past 4 years and also ensured we remained grounded in our approach. Offering advice and support in the build and set up of the charity, we gained hugely from his wealth of experience in the third sector and managing community benefit projects. He closely monitored our growth and helped ensure that we didn’t run before we could walk, thus ensuring we could maintain the support we were offering our families
Steve Marsden – A man with more energy that most of us, Steve has continuously championed a wide range of physical challenges and pulled many new fundraisers into our charity both through repeated team entries in cycle and swimming events but also conquering his own nemesis of running into the bargain. Steve will continue working closely with us in a capacity as an Ambassador.
Helen Howard – The midwife who so excellently looked after Mair was pregnant with Merlin, who brought so much personal experience of caring for women going through this situation and how to advocate for women. She was there to advise and support women with feeding queries and challenges around their choices. The care model that Mair experienced, largely led by Helen, remains the stand out example we’ve seen to this day
Vanessa Hickson – Again, one of the wonderful medical team involved in Mair’s care, Vanessa’s experience was wonderful to draw on, especially for those of us not coming into the charity with a medical background. She was able to bring clarity many times when we got stuck or had questions. Vanessa will continue t work with us in an advisory capacity.
Louisa Morgan – Last but not least Louisa, Mairs sister. Louisa did so much to promote and champion Mummy’s Star after it launched, overseeing much of our social media and writing so beautifully about her own painful experiences after the loss of Mair. Writing which reached out to so many and thus making people feel like they had somewhere to turn to where they were understood. Louisa in turn set up our initial family forum in 2015.
To all of you, having been with us from the beginning in June 2013, we thank you for everything. For each bit of advice, for every family you have got to know, for the calls you’ve made, for the advocating you have done and for all those you have brought to us……..THANK YOU
Pete, Nicolette and the team