Our Core Team includes the founders, Lee (Trustee) and Odette (Ambassador & Charity & Family Liaison Officer), Suzie (Chair), Emma (Events & Fundraising Manager), as well as 5 Trustees. This team of 9 are responsible for the running of Harry’s Rainbow and ensuring we meet our charitable aims and objectives.
Our Events Team coordinators work closely with the Events & Fundraising Manager to organise and run successful fundraising events. They are also supported by a wonderful team of Harry’s Heroes – volunteers who help out at many of our events and whom we just couldn’t be without!
Our Rainbow Team are dedicated volunteers who help to run our Rainbow group, along with Jo (facilitator) and Odette, to ensuring our beneficiaries that attend are well supported.
We are always looking for additional help and volunteers so please get in touch if you’d like to find out more :0)
Harry’s Mummy – Charity Operations Manager
I feel very passionate about helping and supporting children after the death of a loved one, and also their parents! I was full of such mixed emotions about what I should do for my daughter Jessica after Harry died and had no idea where to turn to for help. She is his twin and because of their unique relationship, the closest that anyone would ever get to him. She knew him longer than any of us. I could have lain in bed all day long never to breathe the air that was just on the other side of the duvet, but, no matter how strong these feelings were, I just could not let my daughter down. After experiencing such devastation at such an early age I needed to keep myself together for her. My son Harry was a blessing to me and always will be.
I like to talk about him like I do about all my children and I think about him always. He will never be far from me and the love I have for him is what continues to spur me on to help others.
I am extremely passionate about supporting bereaved children and their families.
Harry’s Daddy – Trustee with additional responsibilities for Events Management.
Your child dying is the worst thing that can happen to any family. Harry was a special, bright, clever and loving son. He never leaves my thoughts for a second and that’s why starting Harrys Rainbow to help others gives me a way to honour his memory. I achieved a goal I never thought I could by running the London Marathon in 2011 to raise funds for Child Bereavement UK. Harry and my family were with me all the way and kept me going to the finishing line. I went on to run 2 further marathons and half marathons and organised our very first running team to fundraise for Harrys Rainbow, which raised £15,000. I will always play a large part in supporting our objectives to help bereaved children and their families, knowing that the support is offered from a family who know first hand the devastation of losing a child.
Trustee & Chairperson
Suzie is a very close family friend and as Harry’s Godmother wanted to be a part of his legacy.
“Hi I’m Suzie, not only am I a trustee to this fantastic charity, but I’m also lucky enough to be one of Harry’s Godparents, and how proud I am to be. Harry was amazing, such a bright, talented and exceptional boy. That was ALWAYS full of laughter, joy and excitement.
Harry was very special to me and we built up such a bond. His cheekiness at bed time with his very inquisitive questions just to try and stay up that little bit later always puts a smile on my face. And its memories like this, upon many others, which I carry with me always.
Harry – Forever missed, but never forgotten.”
Trustee & Founder of Harrys Rainbow Runners
Rob joined us in 2014 as a trustee, however in 2013 he founded Harrys Rainbow Runners; a community running club aiming to get the community running and supporting charity. He manages our MK Festival event and Rocksolid events. Rob’s company ECaaS http://www.ecaas.co.uk/ have sponsored events and are heavily involved in Rocksolid Starz.
” I have always supported Harrys Rainbow as I wholeheartedly believe in what they do. I am very much into supporting charity in my community and I love helping with events and seeing the achievements runners make when they join our club.”
John became a Trustee in October 2015 after helping out as a volunteer on our events team.
“I’m delighted to be part of such a great charity, doing so much good in the local and surrounding area. I first got involved in Harrys Rainbow when I joined Harrys Rainbow Runners and loved the enthusiasm they have. I wanted to do more to help so joined the events team and found it very rewarding so when a position as a Trustee became available, I applied for the position. As a trustee I hope to offer as much support and help as I can to a wonderful charity. “
Trustee responsible for Health & Safety
David became involved with Harry’s Rainbow back in 2013 after he was looking for a local charity to raise money for his first marathon.
“My twin sister and I lost our mother to Breast cancer when we were six years old and had no support so this charity matched what I was looking for perfectly. I then became involved with the events team and recently volunteered for the Rainbow Group, to help me get a better idea on how the money raised helps bereaved children and their families.”
Sam worked in various finance & commercial roles across multiple industries and worked with lots of different charities and businesses throughout her career.
“I joined Harry’s Rainbow because I believe I can use the skills I have learnt through my working & personal life to help others and really make a difference by supporting this incredible charity. “
Lewis first became aware of Harry’s Rainbow when his children started to attend Harry’s school.
“My youngest son then became friends with Harry’s brother and I learnt more about the good work Harry’s Rainbow was doing to support families and children in Milton Keynes. When Harry’s Rainbow supported a family I knew personally I saw even closer the hard work put in by all those involved and the comfort given to families who suffer the loss of someone who can never be replaced. Hearing Odette talk so passionately about the charity and how close to their hearts all those involved with Harry’s Rainbow are to the charity and the families it supports amazed me. I wanted to help any way that I could so when the position of Trustee/Treasurer became available I wanted to apply the skills I have in my working life to help a charity that so many people are so passionate about and help so many families when they really need it the most.”
“I’m delighted to join such a fantastic local charity who provide support for children and young people of Milton Keynes. I’m really looking forward to being able to put my Marketing and Event Management skills to good use in helping Harry’s Rainbow to continue to achieve their aims. “
“I’ve been involved with Harry’s Rainbow for around 4 years. The charity is very close to my heart and I’m extremely proud to now become part of the Trustee team! Working in childcare for over 11 years has given me excellent understanding of safeguarding children which puts me in a good position for taking up the Safeguarding Lead role. “