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Maria Hanson MBE - Founder/CEO

Maria, who herself suffers from health problems, set up the charity in 2006 and since then has helped hundreds of people with the help of her devoted team and vital donations.

Maria say’s ‘I am delighted that the people below have agreed to join our Board of Trustees, each and everyone of them bring something different to my charity and me&dee will benefit greatly with them onboard, I look forward to working with them all’






Kevin Moody - Chairman

Kevin is a Financial Advisor at Ryehill Wealth Management part of St James’s. Kevin has known Maria for a few years now and was immediately struck by the work she does helping others.

The saying “Real kindness is helping people you never met” resonates so well at me&dee and Kevin is delighted to be the Chairman, helping to increase awareness of the me&dee and offering support to Maria.




Nikki Kinsey - Trustee

Nikki is Associate Director of Derby based recruitment specialist, Sellick Partnership. Nikki was instantly drawn to me&dee when she first met Maria Hanson at the 2014 Derby Telegraph Business Awards and was immediately overwhelmed by Maria’s kindness and dedication to helping those in need.

Nikki has been committed to helping the charity ever since, working closely with Maria to create special memories for the charity’s beneficiaries. Nikki hopes that her passion for the not for profit sector, commercial experience and desire to ensure the charity is able to continue providing precious memories will offer a fresh approach and create new opportunities for me&dee.



Nick Kinsey - Trustee

 Nick joined the Board of Trustees in 2016 bringing with him a wealth of practical skills.

Nick knows first-hand how difficult having a lifelong condition can be, having been diagnosed with Klinefelters Syndrome at the age of 30, as well as sadly losing his close friend at a young age to a brain tumour - and he hopes to use his experience to help others.

Nick is extremely passionate about helping me&dee in any way he can and is delighted to be able to support the charity and the vital work it does across the UK.



Anita Marbrow - Trustee

Anita has been involved with me&dee since 2011. Having initially been drawn to it by it's warm and caring attitude towards all it helps. Anita has been proud to support Maria over the years and blessed enough to have met some of the supported families. 

"The difference it makes to the families in incredible. The personal touches included make it easier to make those special memories by the sea"




Ashley Goodchild - Trustee



I became involved with me&dee in 2012 when I volunteered my services as a events specialist which has progressed through the years and culminated in me helping with the me&dee annual charity ball on a yearly basis.

Within this time I have worked closely with Maria and have witnessed her hard work and devotion and being asked to join the Board of Trustees is an honour. I am looking forward to working with everyone at me&dee and helping them deliver the much needed respite holidays to families that have an uncertain future together.



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