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Anna-Louise Bates Founder Anna-Louise,   from   Cardiff,   is   the   founder   of   'Believe',   a   charity   set   up   in   honour   of   her   husband   and   son   to   support   and   promote   organ donation in Wales and beyond. Originally   a   lawyer,   Anna   has   put   all   her   effort   in   to   Believe   since   it   began.      In   the   process   she   has   grown   an   interest   and   skills   in broadcasting   and   presenting.      In   particular,   Anna   would   like   to   use   the   media   to   support   people   just   like   she   has   been   able   to   use   it   as   a toll to raise awareness of Believe Anna’s   husband   Stuart   and   seven   year   old   son   Fraser   were   killed   in   a   car   crash   in   2015   and   the   organs   of   her   son,   who   they   nicknamed ‘Fraser   Bear’,   went   on   to   save   the   lives   of   four   people.   Through   ‘Believe’,   Anna-Louise   aims   to   break   down   the   taboo   around   organ donation and to get people talking about the wishes of their loved ones. She   has   also   spoken   regularly   to   students   and   teachers   about   understanding   organ   donation   and   incorporating   it   into   the   curriculum.   In 2016 she was named Fundraiser of the Year by the Pride of Britain awards. From   this   she   received   a   personal   letter   from   the   Prime   Minister   Theresa   May   which   she   deemed   an   honour   that   she   believes   in   her   and recognises our work is truly humbling. By   seeing   the   light   in   others   helped   her   through   the   dark   times   and   therefore   being   a   Point   of   Light   she   hopes   she   can   encourage   people to volunteer and believe in themselves.
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Contact Us 11 Park Square, Newport, NP20 4EL Tel: +44 7981 163341 Fax: 01633 246807 Email: help@believe-ods.org.uk
Believe-Organ Donor Support is a registered charity with registration number 1167626 | Privacy & Cookies
Did you know that…
OVER 1,200
... patients died without receiving their required organ in 2017
Kara Ellis Jones Finance & Trustee Kara   is   the   treasurer   of   the   charity.   She   is   a   chartered   accountant   and   has   been   working   in   practice   for   more   years   than   it’s   polite   to mention.   She   is   a   partner   at   Ellis   Lloyd   Jones   LLP,   based   in   Newport.   Kara   trained   with   Grant   Thornton,   in   Cardiff,   after   having   gained   a BSC   in   Mathematics   at   Cardiff   University.   Kara   is   involved   in   the   local   district   society   of   chartered   accountants   and   is   currently   on   the executive committee. Kara   became   involved   with   the   charity   following   Stuart   and   Fraser’s   deaths,   once   Anna   had   started   the   ball   rolling.   Kara   originally   met Anna   and   Stuart   at   the   hospital   in   2008,   during   an   antenatal   appointment,   when   Fraser   and   Kara’s   eldest,   Sam,   were   still   to   be   born.   They were   introduced   by   Kara’s   husband,   Chris,   as   he   had   been   friends   with   Anna   at   school.   Kara   and   Anna   had   a   lot   of   cups   of   tea   and   cake during   Kara’s   maternity   leave   and   saw   each   other   frequently   after   Kara   went   back   to   work,   whether   it   was   at   slimming   world,   at   the nursery,   where   the   boys   went   or   just   a   wave   whilst   walking   the   dogs.   Kara   and   Chris   got   into   cycling   a   year   or   so   after   Stuart   and   enjoyed a   chat   about   training   rides.   One   happy   memory   they   have   of   Stuart   was   cycling   down   to   the   2015   velothon   with   him   and   Anna   and   a   few friends. Kara   has   another   son,   Isaac   and   a   houseful   of   pets.   She   enjoys   cycling   and   running   but   her   passion   is   open   water   swimming.   She   attends Park   End   Presbyterian   Church,   where   she   is   part   of   the   worship   band   and   her   loves   are   Chris   and   the   boys,   red   wine   and   Strictly   Come Dancing, in that order!
Lauren Filer Charity Coordinator After   spending   the   last   five   years   on   the   other   side   of   the   world   in   New   Zealand,   Lauren   is   now   back   in   the   UK   and   ready   to   hit   the   ground running   as   our   new   Charity   Coordinator.   She   will   be   looking   after   the   day   to   day   running   of   the   Charity   including   marketing,   events, communications and social media. Lauren is an experienced corporate Executive Assistant as well as an accomplished Fitness Professional and Semi Professional Singer. She is joining the team on a part-time basis to help us grow Believe and share the #fabgiftoflife
Mike Stephens Trustee & Transplant Surgeon Mike is a transplant and organ retrieval surgeon based at the Cardiff Transplant Unit, and the lead clinician for transplantation in Wales. Working   every   day   in   this   field   he   is   continually   amazed   by   the   strength   and   courage   of   organ   donors   and   their   families,   and   Anna’s experiences   particularly   stood   out.   Her   determination   to   make   the   world   a   better   place   and   provide   light   at   the   darkest   of   times   is inspirational. His role in the charity is to offer guidance on the clinical aspects of organ donation and transplantation.
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Cathrine Dunn Trustee & Clinical Advice Catherine   is   a   lecturer   in   Adult   Nursing   at   Cardiff   University,   where   she   tends   to   focus   on   post-graduate   education.   After   completing   her general   training   in   the   University   of   Greenwich,   the   first   seven   years   of   her   career   were   spent   working   in   Harefield   Hospital,   a   cardio- thoracic   centre   on   the   outskirts   of   London.   After   completing   her   MSc   in   cardio-thoracic   nursing   at   Imperial   College   she   decided   to   return home   to   Cardiff   and   work   in   the   University   Hospital   of   Wales.   A   move   that   has   seen   her   settle   back   into   life   in   Cardiff,   much   to   the satisfaction   of   her   father.   Catherine   lives   with   her   dog   Norman,   whom   she   blames   for   the   early   morning   starts   and   frequent   trips   to   the local pub. Catherine   was   keen   to   participate   in   Believe’s   activities   because   of   her   firm   belief   that   organ   donation   is   a   difficult   but   worthwhile   topic   to discuss.   Having   known   Anna-Louise   for   more   years   than   she   would   care   to   consider,   she   knew   that   if   anyone   could   get   us   all   talking Anna-Louise could.
Rhian Langham Trustee & Human Resources Rhian is a member of the Principality senior HR team. A senior HR leader with experience in strategy, project management and organisational change.
Adrian Judd Volunteer Merchandise Manager & Video Creator Adrian   is   personally   invested   in   Believe   as   his   daughter   was   school   friends   with   Fraser.   He   has   been   a   massive   support   and   a   great   friend to   Anna   from   the   start   of   Believe.   He   is   our   technical   guru   helping   Anna   create   many   of   the   video   shorts   for   Believe's   You   Tube   Channel (Believe TV). He also manages our merchandise sales, deliveries and much more. With   a   background   in   Retail   Management   Adrian   has   lots   of   experience   in   public   facing   roles   and   goods.   Now   a   full   time   dad,   Adrian enjoys helping Anna make a difference and share the fab gift of life.
Adrian Judd Volunteer Merchandise Manager & Video Creator Adrian   is   personally   invested   in   Believe   as   his daughter   was   school   friends   with   Fraser.   He   has been   a   massive   support   and   a   great   friend   to Anna   from   the   start   of   Believe.   He   is   our   technical   guru   helping   Anna create    many    of    the    video    shorts    for    Believe's    You    Tube    Channel (Believe   TV).   He   also   manages   our   merchandise   sales,   deliveries   and much more. With     a     background     in     Retail     Management     Adrian     has     lots     of experience   in   public   facing   roles   and   goods.   Now   a   full   time   dad, Adrian   enjoys   helping   Anna   make   a   difference   and   share   the   fab   gift of life.
Rhian Langham Trustee & Human Resources Rhian   is   a   member   of   the   Principality   senior HR team. A   senior   HR   leader   with   experience   in   strategy,   project   management and organisational change.
Mike Stephens Trustee and Transplant Surgeon Mike   is   a   transplant   and   organ   retrieval   surgeon based   at   the   Cardiff   Transplant   Unit,   and   the lead clinician for transplantation in Wales. Working    every    day    in    this    field    he    is    continually    amazed    by    the strength   and   courage   of   organ   donors   and   their   families,   and   Anna’s experiences   particularly   stood   out.   Her   determination   to   make   the world    a    better    place    and    provide    light    at    the    darkest    of    times    is inspirational. His   role   in   the   charity   is   to   offer   guidance   on   the   clinical   aspects   of organ donation and transplantation.
Kara Ellis Jones Finance & Trustee Kara   is   the   treasurer   of   the   charity.   She   is   a chartered   accountant   and   has   been   working   in practice    for    more    years    than    it’s    polite    to mention.   She   is   a   partner   at   Ellis   Lloyd   Jones LLP,   based   in   Newport.   Kara   trained   with   Grant   Thornton,   in   Cardiff, after   having   gained   a   BSC   in   Mathematics   at   Cardiff   University.   Kara is   involved   in   the   local   district   society   of   chartered   accountants   and is currently on the executive committee. Kara   became   involved   with   the   charity   following   Stuart   and   Fraser’s deaths,   once   Anna   had   started   the   ball   rolling.   Kara   originally   met Anna    and    Stuart    at    the    hospital    in    2008,    during    an    antenatal appointment,   when   Fraser   and   Kara’s   eldest,   Sam,   were   still   to   be born.   They   were   introduced   by   Kara’s   husband,   Chris,   as   he   had been   friends   with   Anna   at   school.   Kara   and   Anna   had   a   lot   of   cups   of tea    and    cake    during    Kara’s    maternity    leave    and    saw    each    other frequently   after   Kara   went   back   to   work,   whether   it   was   at   slimming world,   at   the   nursery,   where   the   boys   went   or   just   a   wave   whilst walking   the   dogs.   Kara   and   Chris   got   into   cycling   a   year   or   so   after Stuart   and   enjoyed   a   chat   about   training   rides.   One   happy   memory they   have   of   Stuart   was   cycling   down   to   the   2015   velothon   with   him and Anna and a few friends. Kara    has    another    son,    Isaac    and    a    houseful    of    pets.    She    enjoys cycling   and   running   but   her   passion   is   open   water   swimming.   She attends    Park    End    Presbyterian    Church,    where    she    is    part    of    the worship   band   and   her   loves   are   Chris   and   the   boys,   red   wine   and Strictly Come Dancing, in that order!
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Anna-Louise Bates Founder Anna-Louise,    from    Cardiff,    is    the    founder    of 'Believe',    a    charity    set    up    in    honour    of    her husband    and    son    to    support    and    promote organ donation in Wales and beyond. Originally   a   lawyer,   Anna   has   put   all   her   effort   in   to   Believe   since   it began.        In    the    process    she    has    grown    an    interest    and    skills    in broadcasting   and   presenting.      In   particular,   Anna   would   like   to   use the   media   to   support   people   just   like   she   has   been   able   to   use   it   as   a toll to raise awareness of Believe Anna’s   husband   Stuart   and   seven   year   old   son   Fraser   were   killed   in   a car   crash   in   2015   and   the   organs   of   her   son,   who   they   nicknamed ‘Fraser    Bear’,    went    on    to    save    the    lives    of    four    people.    Through ‘Believe’,   Anna-Louise   aims   to   break   down   the   taboo   around   organ donation   and   to   get   people   talking   about   the   wishes   of   their   loved ones. She    has    also    spoken    regularly    to    students    and    teachers    about understanding     organ     donation     and     incorporating     it     into     the curriculum.   In   2016   she   was   named   Fundraiser   of   the   Year   by   the Pride of Britain awards. From   this   she   received   a   personal   letter   from   the   Prime   Minister Theresa   May   which   she   deemed   an   honour   that   she   believes   in   her and recognises our work is truly humbling. By   seeing   the   light   in   others   helped   her   through   the   dark   times   and therefore   being   a   Point   of   Light   she   hopes   she   can   encourage   people to volunteer and believe in themselves.
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Our Believe Partners
Contact Us 11 Park Square, Newport, NP20 4EL Tel: +44 7981 163341 Fax: 01633 246807 Email: help@believe-ods.org.uk
Believe-Organ Donor Support is a registered charity No 1167626 Privacy & Cookies
Did you know that…
OVER 1,200
... patients died without receiving their required organ in 2017
Lauren Filer Charity Coordinator After   spending   the   last   five   years   on   the   other side   of   the   world   in   New   Zealand,   Lauren   is now    back    in    the    UK    and    ready    to    hit    the ground       running       as       our       new       Charity Coordinator.   She   will   be   looking   after   the   day   to   day   running   of   the Charity    including    marketing,    events,    communications    and    social media. Lauren   is   an   experienced   corporate   Executive   Assistant   as   well   as   an accomplished Fitness Professional and Semi Professional Singer. She   is   joining   the   team   on   a   part-time   basis   to   help   us   grow   Believe and share the #fabgiftoflife
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Cathrine Dunn  Clinical Advice Catherine    is    a    lecturer    in    Adult    Nursing    at Cardiff   University,   where   she   tends   to   focus   on post-graduate   education.   After   completing   her general   training   in   the   University   of   Greenwich, the   first   seven   years   of   her   career   were   spent   working   in   Harefield Hospital,   a   cardio-thoracic   centre   on   the   outskirts   of   London.   After completing   her   MSc   in   cardio-thoracic   nursing   at   Imperial   College she   decided   to   return   home   to   Cardiff   and   work   in   the   University Hospital   of   Wales.   A   move   that   has   seen   her   settle   back   into   life   in Cardiff,   much   to   the   satisfaction   of   her   father.   Catherine   lives   with her   dog   Norman,   whom   she   blames   for   the   early   morning   starts   and frequent trips to the local pub. Catherine   was   keen   to   participate   in   Believe’s   activities   because   of her   firm   belief   that   organ   donation   is   a   difficult   but   worthwhile   topic to    discuss.    Having    known    Anna-Louise    for    more    years    than    she would   care   to   consider,   she   knew   that   if   anyone   could   get   us   all talking Anna-Louise could.