Friends of Nyansakia is a registered charity based in Bourne, South Lincolnshire founded in September 2010, and set up to extend the hand of friendship by supporting and enabling self-sufficiency for the local children and people in the village of Nyansakia, near Kisii.
Julie Fry: Founder Trustee Chairperson
Julie’s professional career began in Stoke-on-Trent before then moving southerly, gaining diverse roles in children, youth and family services across many different counties.
Julie’s life experiences coupled with a passion to support vulnerable people took her into the voluntary sector working within local communities as well as charities abroad, appreciating we all need that helping hand in times of struggle.
Friends of Nyansakia grew from the seeds of a mutual wish to “strive for a brighter future”
Terry Westwood: Founder, Treasurer and Trustee
Terry hails from East Yorkshire. She qualified at the East Riding College of Agriculture, spending her early working life in farming, then moving into dairy production. Terry married and raised a family, but still became involved in voluntary work, which included the Samaritans.
Terry has always had links with Kenya, as her sister lives and worked there. When the charity was formed in 2009, Terry was on the founding committee and appointed as a Trustee. She has made several visits to Nyansakia and stays within the local community. She has organised several campaigns, one being supporting the dignity of local women Kenya by providing valuable underwear.
Martin McKenna: Secretary and Trustee
After his university days, a long and varied career followed, which started at the Medical Research Council, and included working in sensitive areas of MOD supply and in conflict zones. This gave him the sensitivity to deal with different social norms and local customs.
Martin has travelled extensively throughout Europe and North Africa. Since his retirement from the ONS, he has visited Kenya on many occasions to audit the progress of the Charities work, staying with local families.
He has many associates and friends in Kenya, included in their number, people who did the British land hand over after Independence. This has proved invaluable.
Debbie Pattison: Committe Member
As a teacher, Debbie first became involved with the Nyansakia School over ten years ago, helping to raise funds for them, with our school council.
When the FON charity formed, Debbie was pleased to join the committee, knowing the positive impact the schools support makes to the community over in Kenya.
Angela Goold: Committee Member
An experienced primary school teacher, Angela has been engaged from the formative years of the charity. She has been a proactive committee member, fundraising at all levels especially engaging the children. She is always looking to improve outcomes for the disadvantaged children of Nyansakia.
Maxine Anderson: Committee Member
Maxine has been a primary school teacher for 29 years and at Bourne Abbey for the past 4. She leads the student council at school and is heavily involved in raising money for a variety of charities which the students choose. Their favourite by far is Friends of Nyansakia and Maxine reports that the children at school love hearing about their friends in Africa!
Maxine remains passionate about helping the children in Nyansakia and has been a member of the FON committee since 2016.
Kelly Wilson: Committee Member
Kelly is a primary school teacher of over 20 years now, teaching in a SEND school. She began supporting FON through her previous school, fundraising as a teacher and parent for this very worthy cause and has now been involved with the charity for more than 3 years.