Board of Trustees
Gemma & Michael Sands
Gemma and Michael decided to set up the charity in memory of their daughter Rebecca. Gemma is a secondary school teacher and coordinates the running of the charity, events, grants, funding and the 2 big events that she is involved with are the Royal Ascot Night and the Annual Ball. Both Gemma and Michael and their children work tirelessly to raise money to help others and to keep Rebecca’s memory alive
Helen became a trustee in 2010 in memory of her niece Rebecca. Helen works full time as a Regional Relationship Manager for Societe Generale Bank and juggles work and family life with her input into the charity which includes organising and running events and also co-ordinating the sibling activity during the summer. Helen’s main events throughout the year are the children’s Easter and Christmas parties and the Ladies Festive Afternoon Tea at Christmas Helen’s heart and soul goes into doing her best for the charity to ensure Remembering Rebecca can touch as many lives as possible and change them for the better!
Helen has been a Trustee since the Charity was established in 2011. Helen works full time at North Tees & Hartlepool Foundation Trust. Helen’s husband Gavin and 3 children Jack, Ellie and Heidi are all supporters of Charity and love attending as many events as they can. Helens main event each year is Ladies Race Day at Hardwick Hall. This is a popular event which lets Ladies get glammed up and have a fun afternoon, with odd glass of fizz. Last year Helen, Gavin and a group of clubbercise friends took part Muddy Mayhem which was extremely muddy! Helen is already looking for what ‘crazy’ challenge She can do in 2018.
I’m a part time mobile beautician and full time mum to my 2 gorgeous children. 4 years ago I got invited, with my children to a Remembering Rebecca event and since then we have attended as many of the children’s and adults events as possible. In 2017 I was invited to become involved in the charity challenge which I found fun and enjoyable. After the success of the challenge I was asked by Gemma to become a trustee. I love being part of the rewarding work that the remembering Rebecca team do helping all the lovely families who need the support.
Lisa was introduced to Remembering Rebecca when her daughter Isabelle was in need of a specialist trike, which the charity contributed most of the money for. From that day Lisa has contributed in various ways, attending events and getting family and friends too. Lisa was a finalist in the Inspirational Parents Awards in 2015. Also Lisa participated and won the charity challenge in 2016 raising over £8000. Lisa became a trustee in the summer of 2107 because she loves everything that the charity does for the children/siblings in need. Lisa works part time for Virgin Media and spends most of her spare time with her three children, Isabelle, Isaac & Charlie. Lisa is going to start an annual quiz night as her main event each year.
Rebecca’s main event she organises is usually an evening event with either a band or singer and disco. Last year’s event was an 80’s night that raised £900. She became a trustee as she had known Rebecca since she was born and she knew what a truly inspirational little girl she was. She has loved been part of the charity since the start and is blown away by how huge it has grown in such a short space of time, and can’t wait to see it continue to grow, year by year.
Ross is a trustee currently living in America. Ross has raised a substantial amount of money through crazy fundraising challenges. Although he is living away at the minute his heart is still with Remembering Rebecca and will continue to support us from the USA
John has been a trustee since October 2018 after supporting the charity for the last 5 years. John was thrilled to be asked and be part of this special charity as he loves the fact that we can all work together and do lots of little things that make a massive difference to the children and their families lives that the charity supports. He loves the fundraising events that are organised as they are so varied and always great social nights. John is well supported in his fundraising efforts by his family and a great group of friends who attend as many of the events as possible. In 2018, in the children’s challenge his 3 youngest children Mary-Kate, Charlie and Jacob managed to raise over £1500 and Mary-Kate raised a staggering £10300 in her fundraising section in the run up to becoming Miss Cleveland Junior in March 2019 with a big helping hand from Gifted and Blessed who organised a fantastic psychic night at the Swan in December and a series of bonus balls and number draws. Johns business Smithfield Timber have been big supporters of the charity also where all of the sawdust, shavings, pallets and offcuts of wood for log-burners are sold and the money is all donated to Remembering Rebecca.