Our Trustees & Care for Kids Team

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Our Trustees & Care for Kids Team 2018-01-24T11:13:08+00:00

Our History

Care for Kids North Devon came about as the result of the experiences of four of our Trustees who have worked within children’s medical care in North Devon or experienced long-term medical care for a child over many years. Our Trustees identified a need for support for families who, due to our rural North Devon location, are receiving medical care in the specialist Children’s Hospitals of Bristol and beyond.

Care for Kids North Devon was established because of the experiences of our Trustees:

Founder member, Trustee  Charity Manager/Accounts

Jacky had her second son, Jason, diagnosed with Leukemia when he was four. Jacky has experienced all the anxieties of having a sick child. She spent a year with Jason in Bristol Children’s Hospital before being allowed home under the care of the North Devon District Hospital Children’s Ward. Her experience of this time left her understanding the financial concerns of many families with a very sick child and also left her determined to assist the Children’s Ward with the extras that make lengths of time spent on the Ward a little more bearable, and even fun, for both patients and their families.

Jacky Massos

Founder member, Trustee

Jenny is a very special lady who has over 30 years of experience caring for very poorly children in North Devon, particularly those with a cancer. Jenny has seen how families struggle when adjusting to life with a very sick child. All cancer and acute patients are assessed, diagnosed and their treatment initially managed at the specialist Children’s Hospitals of Bristol, Exeter and beyond. This means the child and a parent must live away from home, incurring travel costs, subsistence costs and possible loss of earnings. Jenny has the experience to know exactly where the money is needed. She identified and highlighted the financial concerns of many North Devon families in this crisis situation.

Jenny Birch

Founder member, Trustee and Chair

Fran is an extremely experienced Play Specialist, who has worked on the Caroline Thorpe Children’s Ward at North Devon District Hospital for over 20 years. Fran is able to determine how and where money could be spent on the Ward to assist patients and their parents and siblings who face lengthy stays on the Ward.

Fran Greenaway

Trustee and Fundraising & Communications Officer

Angelo has experienced having his brother, Jason, sick when he was diagnosed with Leukemia. Angelo wants to create a sustainable future for the charity to grow and support families across North Devon. Angelo has grown up with the charity and is presently helping us with this role after finishing his Masters degree. He organises all our events and supports fundraisers raising funds for us.

Angelo Massos

Charity Administrator events coordinator

Juliette has been with the charity since 2013, volunteering at fundraising events for some time before this. Juliette’s main roles with the charity are liaising with the families we help to get funds to them quickly when needed, corresponding with all fundraisers and volunteers and organising events from inception through to conclusion.

Juliette Regan

Charity Administrator

Justeen’s family were recipients of the Charity and after losing her daughter wanted to become more active with the charity that had helped them at such an important time. The Charity had been an invaluable support to them. Her experience helps to promote the need for the Charity in this area and puts a reality on the fundraising that is needed. Justeen is part of the admin team, writing the newsletters and spreading the charities aims and events on social media and she plays an active role on fundraising events.

Justeen Easton

Founder member

Jo was a trustee of the charity till 2016 helping it succeed to be the success it is today. Jo now supports the Charity when she can as an ambassador.

Jo Dunbavin