Who we are

Stripey Stork was established in August in 2013. We are a small charity based in Surrey started by a group of mums who wanted to see the items their babies and children no longer needed re-used in the local community.

The concept is simple. We take donations of new and pre-loved toys, clothes and equipment for babies and children and, after making sure they’re safe and clean, rehome them with local families in need.

We take referrals from local health and community professionals and all items are passed on free of charge.

Our aim is to respond to 1500 requests for help in 2017.

Stripey Stork is a registered charity in England and Wales (1161613). 

 

Our board of trustees

The Stripey Stork board of trustees

 

Nicola Dawes

Founder & Chair of Trustees

Nicola Dawes, founder and chair of trustees

As the Chair of Trustees Nicola has responsibility for leading the board of trustees and the organisation to enable it to fulfil its purpose. She acts as a spokesperson and figurehead for Stripey Stork and supervises the day-to-day operations.

Nicola lives in Reigate and is a mum of two. She founded Stripey Stork after trying to find a good home for all the baby clothes, toys and other items her children no longer needed. It was clear there was a need for donations in the local area but the support agencies she spoke to said they had difficulty storing and sorting any items they were offered. She realised there was a gap for someone to act as the conduit between those who had items to give and those who so desperately needed them.

Nicola wants Stripey Stork to be a real community venture – local families helping local families – but managed and developed in such a way that other communities could adopt the concept in their area too.

 

Jenny Benfield

Treasurer and Trustee

Jenny Benfield, treasurer and trustee

The Treasurer oversees the financial affairs of Stripey Stork and ensures they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice. Jenny is a pensions actuary at Willis Towers Watson. When her daughter started school, she decided to spend the spare hours she had working with a charity, and having previously donated to Stripey Stork, she saw they were looking for volunteers. After she had a chat with Nicola, she ran Santa Stork 2014, then became the treasurer and hasn’t looked back since! She loves the fact that Stripey Stork is completely different to her day job and finds it provides a good balance. She also gets to express her creative side – turning our fabulous logo into a toy stork was great fun!

Her personal highlight has been Santa Stork, especially Santa Stork 2015 when she had almost 500 children’s presents in her house in the run up to Christmas.  She felt a bit like Father Christmas when they went out to the referral sources! In addition she is proud that her work with Stripey means that her 7 year old daughter has a great understanding of charity, and enjoys having a good clearout of her toys and books, putting them into a Stripey Stork pile, as well as acting as a great ambassador for the charity, telling her friends and classmates about it.

 

Margarida Littlefair

Secretary and Trustee

Margarida Littlefair, secretary and trustee

As Secretary, Margarida ensures that board meetings are properly administered and keeps the Charities Commission records up-to-date. She also ensures all policies are fit for purpose and that the charity and its people are adequately insured. Margarida holds a degree in Maths and Business administration and worked for over 20 years in the insurance industry as an actuary, working for a long period as a consultant for Willis Towers Watson. She has since left to dedicate more time to her young family but has been involved with several projects and organisations, including over three years as the Treasurer of the PSA at Holmesdale School. She was drawn to Stripey Stork as she wanted to ensure that some of her time was dedicated to the local community. As Stripey Stork was a local charity and dealt with children, it seemed like a perfect match! She feels the most rewarding part is knowing how much all the hard work put in is going to be beneficial for families who are going through a rough time and it allows her to take stock, realising how lucky most of us are with security we have in our lives. The best moments have to be Santa Stork related as the campaign gives such joy and a real sense of love to so many families.

 

Sarah Cape

Trustee – HR

Sarah Cape, trustee

Sarah has responsibility for all HR matters including the development of policies and practice related to employee relations, recruitment, retention, reward and recognition as well as staff and trustee development.

Sarah has worked in Human Resources for many years, often in fairly small businesses requiring a hands on approach. She runs her own freelance HR consultancy which she dovetails into her commitments to Stripey Stork and home life. No two days are ever dull!

Having previously volunteered at East Surrey Hospital, she was on the lookout for something new and interesting to fit around family life. Once she found Stripey Stork she viewed it as a ‘no brainer’ to get involved on a practical level. Over the course of time, her involvement has increased and she now supports the HR elements that have evolved since the charity has taken on paid employees.

Her personal highlight from an HR perspective is providing local, part-time employment to a number of wonderful people. She’s also loved seeing a number of volunteers grow in confidence and develop new friendships borne out of their time spent volunteering with us.

 

Karen Lord

Trustee – Legal & Commercial

Karen Lord, trustee

Karen’s role on the trustee board is tensure Stripey Stork meets its legal and commercial obligations. She acts to broaden awareness of the charity’s values and priorities; and increase its visibility across a wider audience. Karen is a lawyer with 20 years experience and is a partner at Morrisons, the local law firm. Much of Karen’s work involves buying and selling businesses. Karen also works closely with start-up businesses, helping them with their ownership structures and early stage fund-raising.

She met Nicola when she was setting up Stripey Stork and couldn’t help but be caught up by her enthusiasm and drive. What she really enjoys about working with Stripey Stork is helping to give back to those in need as she feels strongly that those who are in a position to help, even if in small ways, should do what they can and sees herself very much as sitting within this group.

 

Paul English

Trustee – Marketing & Communications

Paul English, trustee

Paul uses his professional skills to advance the brand identity of the organisation and to ensure Stripey Stork has an strategic approach to marketing and partnership development. He is the global marketing director for Grant Thornton, which is one of the major global business advisers and accountancy firms. The business operates in over 130 countries and so he spends a lot of time travelling and trying to understand different business cultures.

Paul arrived at Stripey Stork as part of a corporate team at Stripey Stork HQ to sort through donated items and during the day the conversation with our founder, Nicola, widened to take in the broader strategy of the charity. Paul left that meeting enthused and full of ideas to add value, so was pleased a few weeks later when Nicola approached him with the same thoughts.

Paul finds his work with Stripey Stork especially rewarding when the team work together to build greater clarity and shared ownership of a clear direction of travel. His view is “If you agree the destination, the rest of the plans come more easily.” We feel lucky to have his guidance and vision!

 

Our team

 

Emma Wilson

Funding Manager

Emma is responsible for the Stripey Stork funding strategy and for ensuring that the charity is resourced to meet its objectives. She liaises with our various funding sources and prepares grant applications.

Emma joined us in March 2017 after nearly 5 years off with her two small girls, although she also managed to run a gardening business during this time so it’s fair to say she is pretty good at juggling things! Prior to this she worked in the public and voluntary sector. Her last role was Chief Executive of a small charity based in Westminster which ran a community centre, a cafe and conference rooms. Fundraising was a key element of her role, and she joined us in order to continue this desire to be involved within/for the community. She was particularly drawn to Stripey Stork as the role offered her an opportunity to help other families who were facing challenges like those she had experienced herself, but with the additional stress and anxiety of being unable to resource the necessities their growing families need.

One of the most rewarding times which filled her with the most excitement was sitting down with one of our local referral partners to see how we could work together more closely.  Finding out that some of the things they find the hardest to source were things that Stripey Stork could easily get for them/already had in stock was so satisfying, and she was excited to be able to look into further partnership development for a funding bid together later in the year.
She also loves getting involved in the blunt end of fundraising, and enjoyed running with her daughter in Run Reigate sporting their matching orange t-shirt and cap!

 

Lydia Beatty

Donations Co-ordinator

Lydia is our Donations Coordinator and has a responsibility for stock management. She develops the monthly wish-lists and is the point of contact for anyone wishing to make a donation. She loves meeting the families who bring the items their families no longer need along to our donation events.

Before coming to Stripey Stork, Lydia had been working in magazine publishing for over 15 years and was the Production Manager on Good Housekeeping magazine. She began volunteering at Stripey Stork as she’d decided not to return to her job in London after having her 2nd child but wanted to do something worthwhile with her time. After looking at local charities and seeing what Stripey Stork do, she loved the fact they found a way to re-home pre loved baby and children’s items so was happy to spend her time helping out. After volunteering for several months she applied for the Donations Co-ordinator role and was thrilled to be successful. She feels really lucky in her role as she gets rewarding moments on a weekly basis, saying it’s always lovely to be able to re-home a more unusual item like a triple buggy or have just the perfect Peppa Pig duvet cover when the request comes in. She feels very fortunate that Stripey Stork always receive such great quality donations and that she can see the difference they can make to a family in need. She also loves being part of a team that makes a real difference to people’s lives.

 

Sonya Figueroa

Referrals Co-ordinator

As the Referrals Coordinator Sonya is the first point of contact for all the referral sources who use our service. She is responsible for managing the end-to-end referral process including ensuring that orders are prepared ready for collection.

Sonya has worked in the voluntary sector for about the last 15 years, starting with the Surrey Domestic Violence Project and then Surrey Women’s Aid before moving to Breakthrough Breast Cancer/Breast Cancer Now. After having children she started volunteering first occasionally and then regularly for Stripey Stork. Last November we were very fortunate that she applied for the post of Referrals Co-ordinator. She was certainly the right person for the job! Having had recent experience of a big national charity, she was keen to be involved in something more local. As a new-ish mother to two little girls, she has some understanding of the huge amount of ‘stuff’ you need to suddenly acquire when you have a baby and her work with Women’s Aid had given her an insight into the struggle when money for these things isn’t easily available. She hears of some stories of families in desperate need on a daily basis which can be challenging but feels lucky to meet incredible people doing incredible work to help them which makes it so rewarding. What keeps her inspired is hearing stories of what happened to donated items that we’ve sent out and the real difference it’s made to someone’s life.

 

Debby Fendley

Office Administrator

As Office Administrator, Debby supports all the work done in our Redhill office and ensures that the team are suitably equipped to check and process all the donations we receive so they are ready to be passed on to new families.

Debby was previously employed by Lloyds Banking Group, joining from school as a secretary in local branches, and subsequently re-training whilst working in London within business management. Having followed Stripey Stork on Twitter, Debby joined as a regular volunteer in December 2016 and has gained a great knowledge of how we operate. She has undertaken various tasks at Stripey Stork HQ and her organisational skills have come in very handy when donations have flooded in! Debby is passionate about the work we do and takes personal pride in the packs she produces for our referral partners. She recently received a very well deserved Volunteer of the Month award from Voluntary Action Reigate & Banstead.

 

Sarah Sproston

Communications Manager

Sarah has an advertising and marketing background, working for several years within the commercial and mail order sector. She took a break from the London commute while her children were younger, and during this period she became aware of Stripey Stork. A big believer of aims of the charity, she’s always made a point of waving the Stripey flag on social media and volunteering when she was able to. She brings her marketing know how to a few local organisations, and having attended a few talks from referral partners at Stork HQ, she is only too aware of the need for the work that the charity does, so was thrilled to have the chance to work with the team to help spread the word within Surrey and beyond. Her highlight from the past couple of years of volunteering has been without doubt the Santa Stork campaigns and she is also proud that her children have an understanding of the charity, having taken an enthusiastic role in choosing Christmas gifts over the last couple of years and recently taking part in Run Reigate with their orange Stork baseball caps.

 

 

 

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