Meet The Trustees

supporting and helping local children

Mark Bennett

Founder

Day job: Buildings Maintenance and Ceramic Tiler

I founded the charity in 2013 after reuniting with some old friends to take part in a charity football match to honour the memory of our friend who had sadly passed away.  We started a program 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.

Craig Smith

Chairman

Day job: Electrician

How long with the charity?  Since 2014

Why did you get involved with the charity? I joined after being invited by a fellow member and friend who had learned that I had started running. He told me about all of the fitness activities the group were involved with that would help encourage me as well the fundraising behind it. The charity has since become a cause very close to my heart.

Emma Thomas

Company Secretary

Day job: Self-employed Hair Stylist

How long with the charity?  Since 2014

Why did you get involved with the charity? I had signed up to a ‘get muddy’ event with a friend who had lost a family member to cancer and we helped raise money for that. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to raise more money for good causes and had heard about the great work Simon’s Heroes did through similar activities. It was a perfect match!

Paul Andrews

Joint Treasurer

Day job: Warehouse Manager

How long with the charity?  Since 2014

Why did you get involved with the charity? I joined after giving up football and needed something else to fill the fitness void. I started going to the gym with a friend who was involved with the charity. He told me all about the cause which not only offered the fitness regime that I sought but would also give me the opportunity to make a difference to a worthy cause.

Maggie Haywood

Joint Treasurer

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. Being able to make a difference to our beneficiaries’ lives is extremely rewarding.

Charlotte Bull

Press Officer

Day job: Marketer

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.

Justin Haywood

Corporate Liaison & Merchandising Manager

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.

Claire Holloway

Corporate Liaison Officer

Day job: I work with adults with learning disabilities in Polesworth.

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.

Rebecca Vine

HR Adminstrator

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 founder’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.