Meet The Trustees

supporting and helping local children

Mark Bennett

Chairman and founder of the charity

Day job: Buildings Maintenance and Ceramic Tiler

How long with the charity?  I founded the charity in 2013 after reuniting with some old friends to honour the memory of our friend by holding a charity football tournament.  We started a programme of weekly sessions to get fit for the event. After the tournament was over, we decided to continue outdoor training and entering events to help raise money for local children in need. Not long after, I was working at the home of a family who had a little boy with serious mobility issues, and it was clear to me that the family needed some assistance to help improve the quality of his life and I wanted to do something to help. He was our first beneficiary.

What’s the best part about being a trustee? Simply seeing the smiles on the faces of our beneficiaries, and knowing that we, as a team, have made a difference and helped to enhance the lives of these children.

Maggie Haywood

Joint Treasurer & Events Support

Day job: Self-employed Property Manager

How long with the charity? Since June 2015

Why did you get involved with the charity? I loved the idea of combining fitness with fundraising for a fantastic cause. There’s also a great social side and from this I have made lots of new friends.

What’s the best part about being a trustee? Being able to make a difference to our beneficiaries’ lives is extremely rewarding.

Joe Wakelin

Joint Treasurer & Events Support

Day job: Managing Director of The Globe Inn Tamworth

How long with the charity? Since June 2015

Why did you get involved with the charity?  I wanted to help give something back to try and support the children and their families in the local area.

What’s the best part about being a trustee? To see a project completed from start to finish which helps make a difference to children in need.

Charlotte Bull

Press Officer & Events Support

Day job: Marketing Executive

How long with the charity? Since September 2014

Why did you get involved with the charity? A friend recommended it. I was looking to improve my fitness level and broaden my social circle. The group has fulfilled this and more as I also make a difference to children in need.

What’s the best part about being a trustee? It is an immensely rewarding experience. Playing my part in helping others improve a situation I care about offers a huge emotional payback as well as helping my personal development and confidence. I’m also the charity’s press officer which gives me the opportunity to meet and interview the families we help and tell their story, a very humbling experience.

Justin Haywood

Trainer, Business and Beneficiary Liaison & Events Support

Day job: Self-employed Property Manager

How long with the charity? Since May 2014

Why did you get involved with the charity?  I started as a member to get fitter and loved the concept of raising money for a local charity.

What’s the best part about being a trustee? Seeing the childrens’ and families faces light up when we tell them what we can do for them.

Claire Holloway

Corporate Administrator & Beneficiary Liaison Supporter

Day job: I Work with adults with learning disabilities in Polesworth, and run a mobile hairdressing business. I also have a small business making handmade bath and body products.

How long with the charity? I joined in June 2015 and became a trustee in July 2016

Why did you get involved with the charity? My 14 year old daughter was a Simon’s Heroes beneficiary in April 2015, when she was given a customised horse riding Jockey vest by the charity to enable her to continue her love of horse riding, following her kidney transplant a few years ago. I felt a need to return the kindness that Simon’s Heroes had shown us.

What’s the best part about being a trustee? Being able to make a real difference to the lives of our beneficiaries. Knowing exactly how it feels to want something for your child that you know will enhance or improve their life, but not knowing how to go about making it happen, has put me in the perfect position to assist the charity. With the power of our wonderful fundraisers behind us, we have the ability to make what may seem impossible or out of reach, a reality for our beneficiaries and their families, and being part of that, is something very special.

Rebecca Vine

Human Resources

Day job: Complex Care Support Worker

How long with the charity? November 2013

Why did you get involved with the charity? My husband is one of the chairman’s friends, and he took part in the first ever Wolf Run for Simon’s Heroes. I went along to support and take photos.  Being on the side lines that day, I was dying to get involved after watching them, so I started training and joined them in the next Wolf Run in April 2014 and began fund raising. I have been with them ever since.

What’s the best part about being a trustee? Just the knowledge that I’m a part of something that helps the bravest of children in any way we can, to make their lives a little better and give a little bit of hope to parents who already have so much to deal with.

Non trustee special mentions

Debbie Carter

Events & Corporate Partnership Manager

Day job: Managing Director of Security Recruitment Firm

How long with the charity? I joined Simon’s Heroes in March 2014

Why did you get involved with the charity? Initially I was a member to support fund raising and get involved in the mud runs and be part of a group to help with my fitness. I was so inspired by everyone who helped with the charity. After 3 months of being a member I wanted to do more, investing my time and skills to enhance the growth of the charity and secure more funding.

What’s the best part about being a trustee? I am extremely fortunate to be working with a fabulous group of people that are passionate and dedicated to the welfare of children, and this experience is second to none! We strive to continue providing the best possible care to as many children as we can. I am sincerely grateful for the continued support of the members, community groups and organisations who all play their part in helping to make the charity a success.