Trustees and others visit Kenya

Our charity currently has seven trustees on its board, include an Associate Trustee who represents the various young people supporting our organisation.

Dan Purchese

Dan Purchese

Trustee

Dan has been a Trustee of the charity since it began. He first visited Mombasa in 2002 and fell in love with the Kenyan culture and people.

Dan’s professional background spans both the IT industry and professional political campaigning. He has supported many different aspects of the charity’s work and development over the years, including marketing and publicity.

Dan has spent significant time at our school working on different projects and currently jointly leads the charity’s work in enabling young people from the UK to volunteer at our school.

Shirley Fisher

Shirley Fisher

Trustee

Being been part of the Charity since the beginning and visiting the school regularly over the years, Shirley has grown to love the Kenyan people.

Through her role as Sponsorship Secretary, Shirley has experienced firsthand both the generosity of our sponsors and fundraisers and also the deep appreciation of the families in Mombasa for the help given to their children.

Rhys Tupper

Rhys Tupper

Trustee

Rhys is seated, 4th from the right.

Rhys first visited Unity School as a Student at St Andrew’s High School. After a baptism of fire (alergic to certain insect bites!) Rhys has returned to Mombasa several times.  He is currently at University from which he hopes to enter the teaching profession.

Carol Groves

Carol Groves

Secretary

Carol co-founded the charity in 2003 following a chance visit to a school in Mombasa whilst on holiday with her family three years before.

Carol set up the charity in order to help improve the lives of children living in Mombasa, who have become very dear to her heart.

Carol’s skills are in managing change, strategic planning and fundraising. She also gives talks to various organisations about the Charity and is always looking for ways to encourage others to support its work.

Karyn Hinks

Karyn Hinks

Trustee

Karyn is a Governor at St. Andrew’s High School where she was instrumental in getting the school involved with the charity. Initially she was involved with fundraising before becoming a Trustee.

Karyn is particularly interested in the provision of education for children with Special Learning Needs and is working with the teachers in Mombasa to this end.

Chris Azzaro

Chris Azzaro

Treasurer

Having previously served as our charity’s Chairman, Chris is now our Treasurer and is in charge of all our accounting procedures.

As former Deputy Head of St. Andrew’s school, Worthing, Chris has inspired an active interest in the children of Mombasa and has taken groups of pupils to work in the school and to experience the “African” education.

Ian Straw

Ian Straw

Chairman

Ian was involved with the charity events at St Andrew’s High School to raise funds for the Children of Mombassa right from the start in 2003.

In 2010 Ian went out with the group in February of that year to see for himself the school and how the funds were being spent and how the school was evolving through the efforts being put in.  Also to lend a hand in teaching classses.

In October Ian took students from St Andrew’s High School as part of the year 11 work experience, a first not just for the school but also for the county.  It was an extraordinary experience for all involved.

In November of the same year Ian became a trustee of the charity and continues to work with the charity by raising funds and returning twice in 2011 to Mombassa.

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