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Key People

Dr. Rachel Furley MBE, Founder & Chair

Since founding the charity as a medical student at Cambridge University, Rachel has qualified as a doctor in 2006 and has spent time working in various hospitals around the East of England. With a career in paediatrics, she hopes to further support the children in Belarus in a professional capacity where appropriate. Originally from Weymouth in Dorset, ties through friends and family have meant that there is also a strong B2B support group in the area.

Sarah Greaves, Treasurer

Sarah joined Bridges to Belarus after hearing about us via a work colleague and now acts as Treasurer.  She is currently learning Russian and went to to Belarus for the first time, with Rachel, in 2014.

Jude Worthington, Advisor, & School Link

Jude was introduced to the charity via Rachel's links to a Cambridge school which has supported Bridges to Belarus for many years. Jude helps support links between the children in Cambridge and in Belarus and organises several fundraising events during the school year.

Aidan Brown, Advisor

As a PhD student, Aidan kindly gave up what time he had to help manage our website. He also ran the London Marathon in 2008 in aid of Bridges to Belarus.  Aidan has visited Belarus several times now and his suggestions, such as the summer school project, have been key in helping the charity move forwards.  Although he is now based in Scotland with his lovely wife, Juliet, he still manages to have a very positive influence on Bridges to Belarus.

Ellie, Russian Language

Fundraiser & Social Media Advisor

We were lucky to meet Ellie whilst she was a student at Cambridge, studying Russian language.  She has been extremely helpful with translation issues (when Rachel gets stuck!) and has visited Belarus.  She was part of the pilot summer school project and is keen to visit Belarus again.  Ellie is fantastic at initiating new ways for our work to be publicised and to reach new audiences.

Sheila Furley, Secretary

Sheila is Rachel's mother and has been involved in various ways with Bridges to Belarus throughout its lifetime.  She regularly accompanies Rachel to Belarus when other members of the team are unable to.  Since Aidan's suggestion to run a summer school teaching English as a foreign language, Sheila has been given this project to head up.  She has done an amazing job with this and has ensured its success and continuation.  Sheila also spends a great deal of time and effort knitting seasonal small toys to be sold in aid of B2B, which not only raise a lot of money for the charity but also help raise awareness.

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