Leon Burchell (Caretaker)
Leon has come to terms with a significant amount of personal tragedy in his life, including a serious head injury. Moving to Merstham and volunteering for the MCFT was a real game changer for him. He’s gained qualifications in first aid and PAT testing and is happy to turn his hand to anything at all “within reason!”. Leon gets lots of job satisfaction from carrying out different tasks and helping the hub to run smoothly. As a fan of the great outdoors, Leon continues to volunteer for the Fishing Project and the Allotment for the Friends of Merstham Listening Project.
Unfortunately our colleague Leon died suddenly in October 2019
Pascale Siddall (Hub Promoter)
A former chemical engineer, Pascale has lived in Merstham for over 20 years. In that time, she’s undertaken a variety of jobs to fit in with family life. Pascale and her husband are hugely supportive of the MCFT and the hub. When she’s not busy here, she is running her successful French language school and volunteering for her local church. Because Pascale loves a challenge, she pushed herself to cycle from Redhill to Paris over 3 days for the YMCA East Surrey in 2018 having never done anything quite like it before and “discovered I absolutely love cycling.” Unsurprisingly, she is very interested in project Trishaw!
Amy Charman (Caretaker)
Amy has been a volunteer with MCFT for some time and has now become a member of staff! As well as working with Leon and Pascale to make sure the hub is kept clean and tidy, Amy continues to volunteer, helping with admin and bookings
Tracey Burrows (Merstham Community Development Worker)
Although not employed directly by MCFT, Tracey has worked with us to establish MCFT and to bring a range of activities for benefit to the local community to the facility. Tracey says ‘MCFT has provided me with a great home at the heart of the community here in Merstham where I can work to increase access to services, meet and work with local people and progress the aims of my community development work’ Over the next three years, Tracey will be leading on our People’s Health Trust funded project placing local people at the centre of new service provision and making sure that community development is embedded in new activities and services available at MCFT and the wider community
Charlotte Emery (Project Worker, Friends of Merstham Projects)
Charlotte joined us in June 2017 to focus on supporting local people to design and lead on projects funded through our successful bid to The People’s Health Trust through Health Sound (funds raised by the Health Lottery). Charlotte has worked really hard to help people from our community to set up and run a range of activities and events from a fishing group to our regular social group The Rendezvous. Charlotte has made great links with other local organisations and continues to provide outstanding support to volunteers involved in all our Friends of Merstham projects
Alice Oswell (Merstham Community Development Worker)
Alice isn’t employed by MCFT, but we are really lucky to host her post here at the Hub. Alice is employed by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and supports the wider community to develop responses to the issues they face. Alice has worked with us to get funding for the Community Fridge and continues to help us deliver this project