Sandy Bear

November 2023

Andrea – Why I became a Trustee

andrea farmerAndrea Farmer, current Treasurer of Sandy Bear, became involved with the charity at the beginning of its journey back in 2017. As part of Welsh Charities Week 2023, Andrea has share with us what it is like to be a Trustee for Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity.

“I became a Trustee back in 2017 when we were a small group championing to set Sandy Bear up as charity. I feel passionate about children and young people having the right support when they are bereaved.”

Being a Trustee is a huge responsibility and involves tasks to ensure that the charity is carry out the duties if has been set up to do. Andrea, as Treasurer is involved heavily in all aspects of the finances and ensures the running of Sandy Bear is going smoothly in the background.

“As the Treasurer, my roles involves me monitoring all aspects of banking including monitoring the income and expenditure, paying invoices, salaries and expenses as well as ensuring Sandy Bear is a safe place for people to visit by having heating and electricity. As a Trustee, I hold legal accountability for the work done by the charity and the use of its funding. To ensure everything is operating smoothly, I attend quarterly Trustee Board Meetings and the Financial Sub Committee.”

As well as completing her Treasurer duties, Andrea also helps with the charity events, both for the children and young people but also to raise vital funding.

“I enjoy all aspects of being a trustee and volunteering for Sandy Bear. To know that my role is helping children, young people and their families at such a terrible time in their lives is very rewarding. The difference that Sandy Bear makes is unbelievable.”

We are always seeking new Trustees and volunteers at Sandy Bear. If you are interested in a specific role or want to find out more about our charity, you can contact us through one of the methods below:

Trustee roles

Email of call our CEO, Lee Barnett: 07548124868 or ceo@sandybear.co.uk

Volunteering

Email of call our Volunteer Manager, Hannah Beer: 07745564532 or hannah@sandybear.co.uk

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Isobel – Why I became a Trustee

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Isobel Hall, current Chair of Sandy Bear, became involved with Sandy Bear at the beginning of their journey as a charity back in 2016. As part of Trustees Week 2023, she has shared with us what it is like to be a Trustee for Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity.

“I supported Sandy Bear when it was part of the NHS, and as I was about to retire, I thought becoming a Trustee was a worthwhile venture especially as I understood the value that this kind of work makes to children and young people’s lives as well as their families. As well as being a Trustee, because of my professional background in children’s health services, I volunteer by undertaking the parents bereavement support groups and attending events.”

Being a Trustee is a big responsibility and involves tasks to ensure that the charity is carrying out the duties it has been set up to do – supporting bereaved children and young people who have experience or are facing the loss of a loved one.

“I am currently the Chair of the Trustee Board. This role has involved me at all levels of the charity, both strategically and operationally. As a Trustee and the Chair, I hold legal accountability for the work of the charity and its use of funding. It is so exciting volunteering for such a worthwhile cause. I have been able to share my knowledge and experience as well as seeing the charity grow and make a difference to the children and young peoples’ lives. I am continuously learning new things to keep the charity operating and up to date and my role keeps me active, both physically and mentally.”

Isobel has helped to lead the Sandy Cubs’ parents/carer’s groups over the last two years and have found this opportunity truly amazing. “Children have the ability to help us grown ups learn more about ourselves. When hosting the parents/carers’ support groups, they often feel they are there just for their child to receive support despite experiencing the same loss however, the adults also have to take part in the activities and become more in touch with their own feelings too. Being in these groups and supporting them on their grief journey is always so moving and a huge privilege for anyone involved.”

Being a Trustee for Sandy Bear will provide you with continued learning, the chance to use your skills and an opportunity to support our worthy cause. We are keen to recruit more Trustees from a range of backgrounds.

We are seeking some specialist knowledge and skills across finance, fundraising, PR and marketing, legal and governance, and clinical expertise.

If you are interested in the role, or want to find our more about what our charity does, call or email our CEO, Lee Barnett: 07548124868 or ceo@sandybear.co.uk

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