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We were thrilled to receive the news this week that we are officially registered with the Charity Commission for England & Wales. Our application was submitted at the beginning of the year; however, the commission have experienced an unprecedented number of applications over the last 12 months. Now all due diligence is complete, we are excited to move forward in this journey to fulfil Carrie’s wishes and support those in need of a home.

The board of trustees came together through friendship with Carrie.

James Friend, worked closely with Carrie in the community of Westcott and during her role at Surrey County Council whilst he was a member of the Surrey Health & Wellbeing Board. James is an experienced NHS and commercial director, having held roles in NHS commissioning, as well as at West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mike Duthie met Carrie Kalman on the football pitch. He currently coaches her son Jacob’s junior football team on a Saturday morning. He spent his career in the metropolitan police service retiring as Detective Chief Superintendent in 2017. He now holds the position of Deputy Director at the Santa Marta Group. An international organisation bringing together the church and law enforcement working together to help victims of modern slavery.

Sue Kemp became a friend of Carrie during the last months of her life. They met when Sue supported Carrie and her husband David with a business venture idea through her Marketing Consultancy business based in Reigate. Prior to this role she worked for 20 years in the mobile industry holding Marketing Management positions at Nokia, Samsung Mobile and IBM.

Now the waiting is over, the hard work starts. We have ambitious plans to put in place programmes to support local organisations in their activities through a range of fundraising initiatives. Next steps and future plans will be agreed in our first Trustees meeting due to take place next month.

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