Meet the team
Emma Martin, Chair
Emma lives in Bromley with her two sons, Ben (6) and Jack (3). She works part-time as a Kundalini Yoga teacher.
“BBB demonstrates how a community can work together to assist its most vulnerable members; although we are a small charity, there are still hundreds of people who contribute in some way to make this work: the parents and grandparents who donate items, the health professionals who put us in contact with the families who need our help, those families themselves, who often donate clothes and other items when their children have finished with them; the companies and individuals who fund our work; the local businesses who support us; the Facebook and Twitter communities who help to promote our work. Every contribution that these people make, helps us to continue to give practical assistance to people in our community who have nowhere else to turn.”
Helen Gardner, Treasurer
Helen has two children, Jack (6) and Annabelle (4), and is a qualified accountant. She is a keen organiser who loves travelling.
“I am very passionate about the work of Bromley Brighter Beginnings. Being a parent is difficult enough in the best of circumstances so I can’t begin to imagine how hard it is for those who are struggling. I enjoy the fact we meet the recipients and are able to see firsthand what a difference we make. I believe everyone should try to give something back to their community.”
Mary has two boys aged 6 and 4 and works part time as an NHS therapist. She enjoys distance swimming when she can. “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.”
Karen Bell – Web and graphic designer
Karen has a daughter aged 4 and a son aged 2 and works as a graphic designer. She sings and plays guitar in a band (occasionally!).
“I feel incredibly lucky to have such a supportive network of friends, family and neighbours. We are given so much. I couldn’t imagine how hard life would be without the help and support. It’s never too much effort to help out those less fortunate whenever possible. It’s the least I can do”
Tracy has been married to Mark for nearly 9 years with 2 daughters, Holly aged 7 and Chloe aged 4. She has lived in the London Borough of Bromley all her life, and worked in the city for 13 years before becoming a full-time stay-at-home Mum. Tracy recently launched her own on-line business.
“I got involved with BBB as my husband was running the marathon this year, and we wanted to support a local charity. I found out about BBB through a friend who runs a local magazine and knew of their work. After talking to Emma about the possibility of Mark running the marathon for them (which incidentally he did go on to do this year and raised over £750 in the process), I just felt totally compelled to volunteer and get involved. The work BBB does right on our doorsteps is making a real difference to people and helping people turn their lives round, or get back on their feet. I am blessed with a healthy happy family and a strong support network which is invaluable as a parent, so feel it is the least I can do to try and give a bit back.”
Georgette Purdey – freelancer
Georgette has two children aged 5 and 2, loves the arts and works as a freelancer in Theatre Marketing.
“Parenting can be tough at the best of times – Bromley Brighter Beginnings makes a real and measurable difference in mothers lives at a point of crisis. It’s a fabulous example of the community supporting people at a moment of need and makes me feel inspired about the power of volunteering”