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Meet the team


Sarah Amexheta Sarah Amexheta, Head of Charity

I am very proud to head up an incredible Charity. Every day we are lucky enough to meet people that wish to connect with us, it is a privilege to get to know our supporters and their reasons for giving. In addition to raising funds to support items above and beyond, we also run the volunteering program across the hospital. Whether you give time or money to support us, we are incredibly grateful, thank you!

Charmaine Norrish Charmaine Norrish, Deputy Fundraising Manager 01582 718978

As the Deputy Fundraising Manager I have the opportunity to be a part of the expanding fundraising team in an amazing local community charity. I have a retail and fundraising background, and feel very lucky to be living and working in such a diverse community. Part of my role is supporting the Corporate and Business community with fundraising and have worked with some wonderful local businesses in the last year and hope to expand our reach within this community. I always look forward to meeting our supporters and hearing their reasons for giving. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Karen Bush Karen Bush, Voluntary Services and Community Engagement Manager, 01582 497357

I’ve had the privilege of managing our volunteers for the last seven years and never cease to be humbled by the amazing people that I meet on a day to day basis.  I am also part of the National Association of Voluntary Services Managers ( NAVSM) NEC, working to promote and support best practice in Voluntary Services Management across the NHS.Whether people give their time or donations, we are incredibly grateful to our amazing community for the support that is given to your hospital. If you would like to volunteer here, please get in touch , we would love to hear from you.

Deborah Allman – Voluntary Services Manager, 01234 795801

As Voluntary Services Manager, I am privileged to work with a fantastic team of volunteers – people from all sectors of our diverse local community who give their time to support patients, visitors and staff at the hospital. From offering a friendly welcome and wayfinding to helping ward meal service and supporting families when a loved one is nearing the end of their life, our volunteers are ready to help.It’s amazing what a difference a smile and a chat can make to everyone’s day in the hospital environment and the best reward is when they tell me it’s ‘the best thing they’ve ever done’. Our volunteers are a joy to work with.

Donna Pratt Donna Pratt, Charity Hub Manager at L&D Hospital, 01582 497439

We have recently opened our first Charity Shop in the Maternity Block, which I have the exciting job of managing. As well as managing the shop I also have the pleasure of working with our many volunteers who help keep the shop running.The shop is great place to work and an ideal place to promote the charity and all that we do. I feel very proud and privileged to work for such an amazing charity, and with an incredible team. If you would like to volunteer in our shop please get in touch.

Mhairi Emery Mhairi Emery, Volunteer Co-ordinator

I am the Volunteer Co-ordinator for the hospital and also lead on the student volunteering programme we have in place with a number of local schools. I am lucky to work alongside amazing people who donate their time to support the hospital and can see the enormous benefit volunteers have on our patients and staff.

Rachel Coakley - Charity Grants and Trusts Manager Rachel Coakley, Grants and Trusts Manager

I recently re-joined the Fundraising team as the Grants and Trusts Manager and I am delighted to be back working with our brilliant supporters to raise vital funds for our hospitals and staff. I work with Charitable Trusts and Foundations who support a wide range of projects within the hospital and enable us to provide equipment and services that go over and above NHS provision. I’m looking forward to sharing more about our upcoming appeals and projects with our supporters.

Aakifah Begum Aakifah Begum – Grants and Trusts Officer, 01582 718977

I am the Grants and Trusts Officer at the Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Charity. Through my role here at the Charity, I focus on supporting incredible projects through fundraising.  It is a joy to work for the Charity and a team committed to establishing the best healing environment for patients, their families and friends.

Sabine Hazell Sabine Hazell – Schools Partnership Coordinator

As the Schools Partnership Coordinator for the Charity Team I am very lucky to meet people from lots of fantastic schools, colleges and universities, I have been amazed by the support we receive. I look forward to continuing the fantastic relationships that have been built and creating new ones.  If you would like to book a visit for me to come and talk to your students about how you get involved and how we can work together to support the hospital Charity please get in touch.

Jennifer Valentine Jennifer Valentine – Volunteer Companionship Project Co-ordinator, 01582 718289

I recently joined the team as the Trust’s Volunteer Companionship Project Co-ordinator.Working with not only the Charity Team but also the Chaplaincy and Palliative Care Teams, my role is to organise and support our end of life Blossom Volunteers. Our aim is to ensure that patients and their families are supported in the last days of life. This may mean checking in on bedside relatives and offering some support. It may also mean holding a patient’s hand at the very end.

Blossom Volunteers are a special group of people providing an amazing service at often, one of the most difficult of times. If you see the team members around (often wearing the cherry blossom logo) please say hello. Also, if you would like more information about this incredible project and how you might be able to support it, please be in touch.

Isabella Gilmore Isabella Gilmore – Charity Assistant 01582 718289

My role is to assist in all aspects of the charity including public engagement, helping promote any new projects or developments and supporting the day to day activities within the charity. This will also including assisting or even sometimes co-ordinating my own events. It is an amazing role and I feel honoured to work for such an amazing charity.

Stephen Butcher Stephen Butcher – Charity Assistant, 01234 795801

For me volunteering has led to some very rewarding work and employment at the hospital. I have helped the team on the Critical Care Unit at Bedford Hospital as well as the Fundraising and Donations Team during the COVID-19 pandemic, gaining knowledge and experience in the hospital and seeing the dedication and commitment of staff at its very best.My role now centres around administration activities supporting both charity and voluntary services. My drive and passion, working within a truly dynamic focused team, is to administer the day-to-day tasks that bring efficiency, allowing others to focus on the delivery of welfare improvements to patients, staff, and visitors alike. Being part of such a caring team is a real privilege and a true blessing.


Angie Williams Angie Williams – Charity Hub Assistant

I began volunteering in the Charity Hub Shop, located within the Maternity Unit at the L&D, in November 2020. I have loved every moment and realised I had wasted 2 years of my retirement not really doing much!

In March 2021, the permanent part time position of Charity Hub Assistant was advertised and I did not hesitate in applying.  I was fortunate to be successful and I am now working as a permanent part of the Charity Team.

It has been quite a transition from working in the shop to becoming an assistant supporting the shop and volunteers.  The work is varied and involves sandwich and drinks ordering, keeping the Costa machine clean and topped up, as well as keeping check on stock supplies for re-ordering.

I still help out in the shop from time to time but the varied work keeps me busy and I’m still loving it.  Do not let obstacles get in the way from doing what your heart tells you to do. There are opportunities out there and they are everywhere.