Amy Perrin – Founder
Amy is an occupational therapist who has worked for the NHS for over 10 years. She started volunteering at the age of 16, and is passionate about the difference volunteers can make to people’s lives. Amy loves being in the countryside and has a variety of hobbies including music, and chasing her house rabbit away from electric wires!
Natalie Wheeler – Project Coordinator (Buddy Scheme) and Office Manager
Natalie joins us after 12 years of working for Motivation Charitable Trust where she was responsible for building partnerships and managing projects to improve wheelchair provision in developing countries. Natalie first volunteered for us as a lead volunteer for Christmas 2016. Having enjoyed it so much, and strongly believing that everyone should have someone and something meaningful in their life, she took on the task of coordinating our Christmas 2017 event. Natalie is currently managing our Buddy Scheme and is providing general office management support. Outside of work she is busy having fun with her curious two year old daughter, dabbles in a bit of sewing and likes organising events to bring her local community together.
Rachael Groom – Project Manager: Loneliness Awareness Week 2018
Rachael is our Project Manager working specifically on Loneliness Awareness Week. She comes from an events background with several years’ experience of managing complex and diverse projects. Her passion for making a positive impact on society attracted her to the role and she’s already loving getting stuck in to making the most of LAW ’18!
Work based volunteers
Meet our team of skilled professionals who are very kindly volunteering their time to support our work.
Jo Carnegie – Words
Jo is a journalist, advice columnist and author. She first started volunteering four years ago for the Tree of Life For Animals charity in India, and felt inspired to join the Marmalade Team to help raise awareness of loneliness through the power of storytelling. Jo’s pillars in life are: “Connections, canines, kindness and creativity.”
Dave Hutchinson – Website wizardry
Dave, working his magic on our website. Dave is a Digital Marketing Manager for a health insurance company in north Bristol. Dave likes burgers, playing football and generally being outside. He wanted to join Marmalade to help make a difference in people’s lives.
Caragh Jones – Going social
Caragh, word lover, partnership builder and Marmalade Trust Tweeter. Caragh is a creative communications consultant. Bristol born and bred, she loves the city’s cafe culture, art and music scenes. Keen to sprinkle some kindness across social media, Caragh joined Marmalade Trust as a volunteer after being inspired by the impact the charity has on individuals’ lives.
Hayley Scard – Admin
Hayley, organiser of corporate events in her day job and helper of all things admin for Marmalade Trust in her spare time. Hayley is a qualified holistic therapist and has a keen interest in health and well-being. It’s through her course that she realised how detrimental loneliness and isolation can be to a person’s mental and physical health. Hayley felt inspired to volunteer for a charity that helps facilitate connections and that supports the local community in a very direct way.
Laura Vincent – Design
Laura, graphic designer, lover of all things creative and a keenness to help us spread the word about loneliness.
Joe Bartlett – Trustee
Joe is a family solicitor who has always had an interest in volunteering, having seen first-hand both in his personal and professional life the immense effect that loneliness can have on people. When he met Amy he was inspired by her passion and in particular the idea that if we all did a little to help then this would have a dramatic impact on our guests.
Jon Minall – Trustee
Jon is a director of Bristol based social care charity Brandon Trust, and has spent his career working in social care, having gained experience in all levels of voluntary organisations and local authorities.
Jon is passionate about connecting people with others in their local communities, which is why he is delighted to be a Trustee of Marmalade Trust.
Stephen Edmonds – Treasurer
Stephen is a qualified accountant and has worked in a number of public sector finance roles since 2003. He was a volunteer driver for Marmalade Trust on Christmas Day 2015, and joined as the treasurer in 2016. Away from work, Stephen enjoys cricket and real ale, although not usually at the same time!
Our Patron Helen Pearson
We are thrilled to announce British actress Helen Pearson as Marmalade Trust’s first patron. Helen is lead actress of the short film ‘Lorna’ directed by Lee Skelly, made in association with us. Loneliness is a cause close to Helen’s heart. Watch a short clip about Helen announcing her new role below.