Abbie has cerebral palsy and is a fulltime wheelchair user, She has undergone major operations and and is happy to share her experiences and knowledge with all of the DCF families. It has been important to Abbie to live a full and busy life and she loves new challenges. She helps arrange our PMLD Saturday Club and switch adapted toy library.
Abbie loves playing Boccia for her school and also loves history.
Please all give a very warm welcome to our wonderful new Patrons Malcolm and Jenny Jefferies. Many of you will know them from their work with Bournemouth Rotary and for their outstanding charity work. They work tirelessly behind the scenes and whenever we need help from bucket shaking to tombola selling, first in line are Malcolm and Jenny .We are beyond delighted to have such lovely, kind and genuinely good people to represent us.
Malcom and Jenny Jefferies
The Treehouse Manager
Manager Boscombe Shop
The Treehouse Deputy Manager
The Treehouse Manager
Harry became involved with The DCF after supporting one of our children Ethan Burney at a sportsman dinner. He said ” The work you’ve done has just been amazing and the help you’ve given to so many children is just beyond belief. Keep up the good work, you’re fantastic.”
Chair of Trustees
Alex has been a friend to The DCF long before he became a Trustee, he has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to befriend and help our families and their children and is constantly championing our cause. He is a very valuable member of our team and is just like a big brother to many of our children.
Amy is mum to Emily and prior to becoming A Trustee was one of our longest standing volunteers. Amy is responsible for good governance, compliance and ensuring our policies and procedures are exemplary.
Befriender to new families and represents our families on The Disabled Children’s Partners steering, communication and campaign forums. He is also responsible for data compliance and IT infrastructure.
Chris is a professional boxer and the Inter-continental, Commonwealth, British and European Cruiserweight Champion. The love and support of the sporting community is so important to our children and Chris has been a long term friend and supporter of The DCF. He is absolutely committed to helping us and is a truly lovely man.
Chartered Legal Executive specialising in Community Care/ Disability Law.
Carlie runs an award winning wedding entertainment business with her husband Mark ,and having been in the business community a long time has a wealth of contacts.
Chris Nash is an elite wheelchair racer, who recently won both The Yorkshire and Bristol Marathons.
Chris is passionate about making sure people get the best opportunities available to them and removing the barriers to participation.
Head of Operations | Co Founder
Patsy was honoured to be a Meridian Region finalist in the 2018 Pride of Britain Awards.
Governor of Montacute School.
Trustee, Enable My Trip.
Member of AFCB Disability Working Group.
Committee member Dorset FA Inclusion Advisory Group.
CEO, CFO, Co-Founder
Jane Jones is one of our most fervent supporters. She has organised golf tournaments, fundraising events and promotes us wherever she can. Jane has introduced us to two of our charity partners PTFC and Bournemouth Collegiate School.
Jack is an inspirational role model who aims to raise the profile of disability and to show that with determination and hard work anything is possible. Jack is a Paralympian representing the U.K. in canoeing. He is a former Mr England and was the first amputee cat walk model at New York Fashion Week.
Geva is a 2018 Commonwealth gold medal winner as part of the English Rose Netball Team. She coaches athletics to people who are differently abled and is involved with The Special Olympics Bournemouth and District. Geva is an inspirational role model who aims to break down barriers and promote integration.
Geva Mentor CBE
Jayne is our retail manager and has been with us since the beginning. You would not find a more loyal, honest, hardworking person. Jayne is absolutely passionate about our charity and has not only shaved her head to raise funds but also completed a skydive. 01202 390011
Manager Carbery Row
Deputy Manager Carbery Row
Assistant Manager Boscombe
Accessible For All
Gemma is mum to Daisy, Isaac and Paddy. Paddy is profoundly disabled and a wheelchair user. She runs our ‘Accessable for All’ activity program. Works 1:1 with our siblings and provides disability education work shops through her not for profit group Paddy’s Purpose whose aim is to change the way the world sees disability.
Head of Marketing
Adam has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a degenerative muscle waisting disease. However, Adam and his family do not see this as a barrier and he actively participates in activities that his able bodied peers are able to do. He has a black belt in Taekwondo and participates in park runs and wheelchair football. Adam is also our coach for DCFFC and is using his experiences in power chair football to help design activities aimed at promoting inclusion for our children.
Jack organises the framing and auctioning of our donated sporting memorabilia and is responsible for organising fundraising football tournaments and group participation in The Bournemouth Marathon Festival. Jack is always willing to help out in any way he can and is a delightful addition to our team.
Lisa is mum to Kitty who has two rare genetic disorders, so she really understands what our parents are going through. She visits our parents and offers both face to face and online support. Lisa was formerly a trustee for Julia’s House.
Jane Kelly is a councillor for Boscombe West, cabinet member, lead member for engagement, Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
Jane has been a valued supporter and volunteer since our very early days.
Bobbie is a councillor representing Littledown and Iford. She works with Bournemouth Borough Council and our parents to ensure that the voice of disability is heard. Bobbie is Lead Member For Equalities, BCP Lead Member Health and Wellbeing Board and Member Learning Disability Partnership Board.
Stephen does a vast amount of voluntary work, alongside being our very active patron, he is a trustee at Charles Rolls Memorial Trust, ambassador at Julia’s House Children’s Hospice, Dorset Cancer Care Foundation & Forest Holme Hospice.
Steven Young Lord of Westbury
Mental Health Advisor
Paul is a professional photographer who is regularly involved in events and fundraisers (he has a background in event organising and administration). Well known by many Bournemouth businesses and organisations he is popular with both adults and children.
Scott is really looking forward to working with us. He refuses to let his disability be a barrier and enjoys socialising, going out with friends to gigs, clubs and pubs. Scott will be writing a regular blog about his experiences as a wheelchair user. Scott is a successful DJ and has performed at festivals such as Boomtown and Bestival under the name DJ Nose it.
Line is mum to 3 gorgeous children. Her twin boys both have cerebral palsy. Line decided to set up a completely voluntary support group to provide a befriending service to any parent that needs a listening ear. All helpers at this group are parent/carers of children who have additional needs and so they really understand both the challenges and joy this brings.
Awesome Archie is a mother (Rebecca) and son (Archie) not for profit team who support children with neurological differences in main stream schools. They run education workshops to help encourage children to embrace and accept who they are and have currently delivered this message to over 2000 young people.
Rebecca and Archie Clapcott
Little Stars a stay and Play group for disabled children under 4.
Nicola is qualified teacher, with the majority of her 10 years teaching experience being in schools for children with SLD.
Safeguarding Lead & Parent Liaison
Rhi original began her journey as a DCF family with her twin boys, Travis and Mason. Mason was recently diagnosed with Mosaic Chromosome 1q 42.13-1q44, along with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Rhi and her family went through a horrific battle to get recognition of her sons needs. However they couldn’t be prouder.
Rhi has worked in the Disability sector for 8 years and accrued a great deal of knowledge through professional and personal experiences.
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