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 2018 requests for help in 2018.

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


Our leadership team

The Stripey Stork board of trustees


Nicola Dawes

Founder & General Manager

Nicola Dawes, founder and chair of trustees

As the General Manager, Nicola has responsibility for leading the organisation to fulfil its purpose and for reporting to the Board of Trustees. 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.

Contact Nicola on nicola@stripeystork.org.uk


Karen Lord

Interim Chair of Trustees

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.


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.


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


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.

Contact Lydia on donate@stripeystork.org.uk


Sonya Allan de 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.

Contact Sonya on refer@stripeystork.org.uk


Charlotte Dance

Volunteer Coordinator









As Volunteer Coordinator, Charlotte is responsible for managing our volunteer sessions. She is the first point of contact for anyone looking to volunteer with us, and oversees the day to day activities of our regular volunteers. She also arranges and manages our weekly volunteer sessions for corporate groups.

Charlotte is mum to triplets, and first heard about Stripey Stork when she met our founder Nicola at a toddler group. Once her children were at school, she started regularly volunteering with us. She found it extremely rewarding not only as she was doing something worthwhile by helping families in the local community, but also as she really enjoyed working with the team of volunteers here. She was delighted to accept the role of Volunteer Coordinator and continue working on a daily basis with the fabulous volunteers who give up their time to help us. Charlotte has previously worked in the UK Trade & Investment team at British Embassy Doha where she managed and gave briefings to trade delegations, and helped to develop a network of local trade contacts. Prior to that, she worked as a qualified solicitor which helped her develop strong organisational skills ready for us to benefit from at Stripey Stork HQ.

Contact Charlotte on volunteer@stripeystork.org.uk

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.

Contact Debby on office@stripeystork.org.uk


Susy Moore

Communications Manager








As Communications Manager, Susy manages all channels of communication that we use to spread the word about the good work that we do. We use many ways to communicate, which is dependent on what we have to say and who we have to say it to, so as you can imagine this is a busy and varied role. All the while, checking that what we are communicating is true to the Stripey Stork brand.

Susy came to us from a very interesting role, where she was the Social Media Manager of an international online doll company. As one of our prominent communication channels is social media, and with her recent experience being in the children’s market, she seemed like a natural fit. Susy also brings with her many years of experience as a marketeer, and is known to the team because of volunteering in the past at Stork HQ and for Santa Stork. Susy is experiencing first hand the amazing work Stripey Stork do and is encouraged everyday by the kindness of the community where she lives. Susy has two boys, loves riding to work using the local cycle track and is a do-er to anyone who knows her, which is great news for us!

Contact Susy on communications@stripeystork.org.uk


Donna Pariser

Community Ambassador








Donna is our Community Ambassador, her role is to develop our relationships with the community and corporate groups who support us, and help us to expand our geographical reach so that we are able to help more families. Prior to working at Stripey Stork, Donna led the fundraising at Leigh Lollipops Nursery and was appointed Co-Chair of the Friends of St John’s Primary School in Redhill. She found these roles incredibly rewarding and enjoys being an active part of the community.

A friend casually mentioned Stripey Stork and Donna came along to see what it was all about. Arriving for her first volunteers session during the Mum2Mum campaign, she spent the morning hand-writing cards and packaging up small gifts for mums who would otherwise receive nothing on Mother’s Day. She met some lovely people and was really touched by the stories she heard. Donna’s next session saw her helping to put together Stork Sacks – bags of essentials for children rescued from trafficking. When the role of Community Ambassador came up she jumped at the chance to be involved with such a worthwhile cause. Before starting a family, Donna worked as a Team Leader in Canon UK’s Central Business Operations. Donna lives in Redhill and is mum to two girls.

Contact Donna on partnerships@stripeystork.org.uk


Emma Wilson

Funding Co-ordinator








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!

Contact Emma on funding@stripeystork.org.uk