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Meet our team

Donna Hodges

Founder

I am Bodie’s Mummy and through personal experience, I know the pain that the death of a child causes and the ripples of grief that continue long after the loss of a child. I am also very aware of how differently we all grieve for our children and the need for diverse services to help. I work for the charity part-time as Bereavement Projects Manager to ensure that things run well day to day and that our services meet the needs of families bereaved of a child. I am passionate about supporting siblings and helping them as they grieve and expanding Bodie’s Bereavement Service to help local families as they grieve. We have gone on to have two beautiful girls following Bodie’s death and understand the complexities of parenting after loss. My vision is for bereaved families to feel loved, supported and listened too.

Nick Hodges

Founder

I am Bodie’s Dad and set up The Bodie Hodges Foundation in his name to support other families bereaved of a child and to promote Organ Donation in 2013. I poured my grief into supporting other families who had experienced the death of their child just like us. I am a full-time teacher and work for the charity as a volunteer. I love thinking of new ideas for events and connecting with amazing businesses and individuals who understand our cause. I also run all the Bodie Social Media and play a crucial role in communicating our vision to anyone I speak too! You may have also noticed that I love anything sporty and love to run. Since Bodie’s death running has been a big part of my grief so to be able to run The London Marathon, The Great North Run and The Leicester Half in Bodie’s name has been incredibly significant to me.

Nicola Rhodes

Lead Child and Family Bereavement Practitioner

My name is Nicola and I manage Bodie’s Bereavement Service. I have 18 years of experience of supporting families during bereavement. My role is to provide support to families in the early days and work with the whole family as they adjust to life without their child. I know that each family will experience the death of their child in their own way and so I work alongside the family to give the support that they need. The Bereavement Service supports Mum, Dad and siblings and can give advice to the wider family. I am passionate about supporting families as they learn to carry their grief and remember. I love to work with siblings to help them to remember their brother and sister by taking part in memory making activities. Being creative is an important part of the grieving process and to work with children and young people to develop their resilience is key to my role.

Our Trustees

Gemma Orton

Gemma Orton

Chair Trustee

My name is Gemma Orton and I was honoured to be appointed Chair Trustee in February 2020, after working with Donna, Nick and the team for several months.

How do I Support the charity?

My day to day job is being a business owner of a marketing agency based in Leicestershire. It was through this that I got to meet Nick and Donna. I have worked with many charities during my career; from being a board member to volunteering for the Samaritans, but I have never been quite so touched like I was upon hearing the story behind the Bodie Hodges Foundation. I knew that I had to give my time to this wonderful charity.

What does being chair mean to me?

It means being present as much as I can, keeping our vision for the charity in mind at all times and supporting the core team where needed in their delivery.

The Bodie Hodges Foundation are an incredible charity who have a special place in so many people’s hearts.. The charity have had an incredible few years, achieving too many things to mention, but our aspirations and vision keeps on growing and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us.

Ed Holder

Vice Chair Trustee

My name is Ed Holder, Managing Director of S V Timber, a local East Midlands based business of 16 years. Dad to two amazing boys (8 & 11) and husband to one very patient and understanding wife (13 years). Golf nut, although below average and massive Leicester City fan.

How do I Support the charity?

Through my experience as a business owner of 16 years and prior to that as a manager for a large national merchant I try to help the charity continually go forwards in a positive way. I try to support the staff and team of trustees as much as I can. During my involvement, it has been a great pleasure to work with all the team and be a small part of its growth and improvement during that time.

What does the charity mean to me?

I fell in love with the charity whilst attending one of the golf events via a friend of a friend. From the minute Nick started his speech explaining what the charity was about I was hooked; I think it hit so hard because of my own sons. I cannot imagine the pain the Hodges Family would have gone through, so to be able to help other families suffering in some small way was something that I am so grateful to be able to do. Also, as a company, we were looking to support a small local charity and the Bodie Hodges Foundation fitted the bill perfectly. My company started as a supporter and as I got more involved in events, I eventually became a trustee.

Ed Holder
Emma Stanbanks

Emma Frain

Trustee

My name is Emma Frain and I am solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in childcare law.

How do I Support the charity?

I have been a trustee since November 2017, after taking part in an open water swim as part of a challenge to raise much needed funds for the charity. I am on the board of trustees and help make decisions about the running of the charity. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Officer and am on hand to give any advice as needed.

What does the charity mean to me?

I believe that the charity provides a vital role for bereaved families in Leicestershire and beyond. I am proud of what the charity has achieved and am excited about future projects.

Joan Morrisey

Trustee

My name is Joan Morrisey and I work as a Service Manager within Midwifery Services in Leicester. Family is so important to me and I love spending time with my grown-up children and grandchildren.

How do I Support the charity?

I am committed as a trustee to support and help guide the charity and use the charitable funds wisely. My career as a nurse and a midwife during the last 38 years has provided me with insight and understanding of the difficulties that families endure during bereavement. I feel my background as a clinician will enhance the already great work of the bereavement lead.

What does the charity mean to me?

I was interested in doing some voluntary work since semi-retirement and as soon as I heard that the Bodie Hodges Foundation were looking to appoint a Trustee I knew it was what I wanted to do. I am excited to be involved and support the development of new services.

Joan Morrisey