AbleStay would not have been possible without the amazing support and guidance from our trustees. 

Alex Vere

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In memory of her late daughter, Alex Vere founded the charity The Rainbow Fund in 2014 with the sole purpose of raising money to purchase essential equipment, to enhance the lives of poorly, disabled and disadvantaged children.  Between 2014 and 2019, The Rainbow Fund raised and contributed to the raising of more than £250,000.  100% of which bought much needed medical equipment and therapeutic equipment.

 

Alex is mother to two daughters aged 12 and 9 and lives in Harrogate.

Kelly Thoden van Velzen

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Kelly’s career began as a residential support worker for young adults with learning disabilities and complex behavioural difficulties, during this time she was able to see the significant impact that environment, accessibility, support and autonomy could have on a person's health and wellbeing.

 

Kelly has managed accounts delivering facilities management services across The Military, Metropolitan Police and Local Government Contracts.

 

Kelly is mother to Jack, aged 8. Jack has Autism Spectrum Disorder and he is busy teaching his mother about his needs.

Simon Dickinson

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Simon is the Commercial Director of a Digital Consultancy and Technology company, specialising in health, social care and the third sector.  Over the last 10 years most of his work has been in supporting joining up health and social care in the provision of support to children and Adults with Learning Disability and / or Autism.  

 

Acting as a Trustee to AbleStay is a great opportunity to work with Jo and Charles in realising the inspirational vision for the charity.  Most importantly this is about creating fantastic opportunities for families and individuals to experience the superb facilities; and to enjoy an outstanding short (or long) break in London and other locations.

Simon is an enthusiastic and devoted father, husband and sportsman.  He can often be found on a Padel Tennis court, in the garden, on a walk in the country, at the neighbours house or asleep. Aged 52, he is now starting hopefully the last ten years at work and looking forward to what comes next.

Congratulations!  What an amazing thing you're doing.

Literally very exciting because most holidays mean I have to crawl on the floor.

You are on your way to making a difference to say many people.