Our Trustees

Sam Schoolar

Sam Schoolar is the chair of Shine A Light Support Service. Sam is married to Andy and mum has three children, Chloe, Jacob and Joseph. Sam loves life and her favourite things to do are holidaying in Somerset with her fab family, reading, and socialising!

Sam says “I am passionate about working with Shine A Light to provide support and community to our families. Having had cancer, Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at the age of 10, I understand some of what families experience and also where there are gaps in support and services. I have given much of my adult life to volunteering and working with Children’s Cancer Charities and so have a varied and wealthy experience in this field as well as my personal experiences. I have also worked in customer service roles as well as being a medical secretary in the NHS for a number of years.” Since the age of 16 Sam has volunteered with a number of charities involved in the care of children with cancer and has spent many years serving on trustee boards. Sam feels well placed to serve as chair of trustees.

Chris Harratt

Chris is another of our brilliant trustee board. Step-dad to Sam Schoolar and Laura and a devoted grandparent to Chloe, Jacob and Joseph, Chris enjoys sport (watching, not playing), especially cricket, is a fan of James Bond, loves reading, playing the organ including playing for Meredith road Baptist church where he is also the treasurer and member of the deaconate too.

In his role as a trustee for Shine-A-Light, Chris will be helping with the day to day book-keeping as well as helping at events and in other areas of the running of the charity. As Sam’s Dad he also has first-hand experience of being a parent of a child with Cancer, and has also volunteered for other childhood cancer charities in supportive and fundraising roles in the past.

Marie Stephenson

We are delighted to have Marie on our team of trustees. Marie is an experienced marketing consultant and management trainer, Marie said “I feel that I have lots of skills that will help SHINE A LIGHT to achieve its objectives and I hope that by contributing time and effort to help the charity that it will thrive and be able to achieve great things to benefit families who need the services.

I like the variety and the chance to meet new people and learn new things as well as exercise my skills such as in recruitment and selection. I am married with a 13 year old daughter who has also volunteered for Shine A Light. We need to raise awareness and find people to help us in this great cause”

Sophie Green

Sophie is the secretary of Shine A Light. Sophie works as a Customer Support Manager at Jaspers, she is also currently studying for a degree in Management and Leadership at University. During the last 7 years Sophie has built up a wealth of experience working with children and young people of all ages having spent a lot of time running youth groups and babysitting children and earning her the nickname of “Sophie Poppins”. Her welcoming and friendly approach and ability to calmly and ably handle any given situation make her a valuable asset to us.

Sophie says”I absolutely love working with children – there’s something so heart-warming about being around them. I was so pleased when Sam asked me to become a trustee of Shine A Light Support Service. I am so excited to begin this new challenge”. Sophie will be a brilliant team member who will add flare, enthusiasm and excitement to our team and to the charity.

Alex Smith

Alex has been a Trustee of SAL for nearly a year now and is responsible for the sound financial running of the Charity, with support from the other Trustees. Alex is married to Helen, and they have two daughters, Alice who is 10 and Rebecca who is 8. He has lived in the Midlands all his life and has been a Qualified Accountant for a number of years, mainly working in the Motor Trade and Publishing industries.

Alex is particularly happy to be involved with SAL as he lost a cousin to cancer at a young age, and feels that SAL can provide children and their families with the help and support they need at a difficult time. His interests include playing cricket, reading, and providing a taxi service for his two children!

Tobi Lab

Tobi is a qualified accountant and runs the Mattans Accounting Club – an accountancy club aimed at fostering and promoting personal accountability and collective engagement with and amongst its members to build and support a community of thriving and sustainable businesses.

He is a proactive, adaptable and conscientious finance professional with a solid record of accomplishments emphasising a broad range of financially related matters to include control improvements, margin growth and improvement, budgeting and budgetary control, significant cost reductions, enhancement of performance, and providing good and quality management information. As a business owner, he is keen on being able to make positive contributions to communities and he is pleased to be serving as a trustee and looking forward to help with actualising the corporate objective.

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Volunteers

So what type of volunteering roles are we looking to fill? There is lots of support available for willing volunteers! You can volunteer a few hours a week, a day a week, at events, on an ad hoc basis or more often. Once you apply to volunteer we will hold an interview and discuss how we can work together.

Volunteers make a massive difference to people and communities all over the UK. Shine A Light volunteers help to keep our centre running 5 days a week and are also involved in outreach activities. They help us to launch and manage new projects, they are involved in the community and fundraising events, they help to keep things running smoothly with admin and book-keeping skills and they keep our centre clean and well maintained.

We have full policies and procedures in place and the facility to carry out DBS checks for all roles that require this. We also pay reasonable expenses and offer induction, training and we can give references for regular volunteers too. Take a look at the roles in our Volunteering section and if you have something different to offer that’s not on the list we would love to hear from you. Volunteering can take place in our centre in Coventry, at events and you could be working with families affected by childhood cancer if you wish, or in more behind the scenes roles. Volunteer with your colleagues, friends, and family or on your own to meet new people. You can volunteer regularly, or at events or as a one-off. We will ensure that you have a worthwhile experience and achieve results during your time with us.

Some of Our Volunteers

Shannon Good

My name is Shannon Good I am 21 years old I volunteer at Shine A Light because I love helping and I like working with children. I like to reading and writing short stories I also like mystery and romance.

Rose Emery

Rose has been volunteering for Shine A Light for twelve months and is a valuable member of the team.  Rose says “The reason I volunteer for Shine A Light is when I was 35 years old I had breast cancer and I am always very moved by how brave children with cancer are.  I love helping at this much needed charity that helps all the family.”

Nomsa Phiri

Nomsa is currently studying psychology at Coventry university and has been volunteering for Shine A Light since autumn last year. “My reason for volunteering: I wanted to gain experience working with kids and also wanted to help out a great cause.“

Sarah McDonald

Sarah has been fundraising and volunteering for Shine A Light Support Service since we founded the charity.  One of Sarah’s children is in remission from ALL – a type of childhood Leukaemia.  Sarah’s family found support from several charities during their time on treatment and Sarah is a great ambassador for Shine A Light and the support services that we offer.

Our student volunteers offer a wealth of expertise and experience that they are keen to practice. All of the students we have working with us are enthusiastic and inject positivity and fun to our environment.  Volunteering with SAL gives students valuable hands on experience, making them an asset to any future employer and adding value to their cv whilst providing valuable help in the running of the charity.

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How and Why You Can Help

Volunteers make a massive difference to people and communities all over the UK. Shine A Light volunteers help to keep our centre running 5 days a week and are also involved in outreach activities. They help us to launch and manage new projects, they are involved in the community and fundraising events, they help to keep things running smoothly with admin and book-keeping skills and they keep our centre clean and well maintained.

Volunteer with your colleagues, friends, and family or on your own to meet new people…
You can volunteer regularly, or at events or as a one-off. We will ensure that you have a worthwhile experience and achieve during your time with us.

Here are some great reasons to volunteer for Shine A Light:

Employability – volunteering looks great on your CV and you can learn new skills
References – It can be a great way of getting up to date references and fill in gaps in your work experience
New Skills – what a great way to try something you have never done before? You may want to change direction and this experience can give you just the opportunity to test out lots of different roles for free!
Training – we offer training to our volunteers and run our own in-house training courses to help you to make the most of volunteering which in turn helps the families we support.
Improve confidence – just helping others and working alongside others can boost your confidence, never mind the actual benefits such as the results of your hard work – your achievements are a great way to move forward
Team Building – for companies and organisations volunteering can be a great team building experience
New People – grow your circle of friends and help out at Shine A Light at the same time. Volunteering with people who are as passionate about a cause as you are is a great way to meet like-minded people.
Improve your health – Getting out and about, working, thinking and learning all ensure your brain and your body is getting a workout

So what type of volunteering roles are we looking to fill? There is lots of support available for willing volunteers! You can volunteer a few hours a week, a day a week, at events, on an ad hoc basis or more often. Once you apply to volunteer we will hold an interview and discuss how we can work together.

We have full policies and procedures in place and the facility to carry out DBS checks for all roles that require this. We also pay reasonable expenses and offer induction, training and we can give you references for regular volunteers too. Volunteering can take place in our centre in Coventry, at events and you could be working with families affected by childhood cancer if you wish, or in more behind the scenes roles.

Here’s what our volunteers say:

“I became unemployed and I found it hard to even get an interview – volunteering at Shine A Light has given me a reason to get up and out of the house because I know I am making a difference by my actions. It has also taught me that it is a great way of improving my self confidence and learning new skills. One of the really great benefits is the lovely people I have met and who I have enjoyed volunteering with. Even when I get a job I will still volunteer for Shine A Light as it has been a pleasure to offer my services to this worthwhile cause and a bonus to feel more positive and part of a team.”

Take a look at the roles we are looking to fill, whether you would like to apply for one of them or have something different to offer that’s not on the list, we would love to hear from you.

  • Volunteer co-ordinator (Trustee)
  • Human Resources (Trustee)
  • PR Manager (Trustee)
  • Administrators
  • Bookkeepers
  • General Volunteers
  • Bid Writers
  • Cleaners
  • Drivers with own vehicle
  • Communications Co-ordinator
  • Fundraising Co-ordinator
  • Events Co-ordinator
  • Marketing/web expert
  • Sponsorship Co-ordinator
  • Donations Co-ordinator
  • Social Media Co-ordinator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Crafts facilitators
  • Receptionists
  • Yoga Instructor/Therapist or similar
  • Fitness Instructor
  • What can you offer?

 If you are interested in helping Shine A Light please contact us – we would love to hear from you!  We welcome individuals, education establishments, companies and organisations.  You, your colleagues, family and friends can all help Shine A Light in lots of ways – Get involved! There is lots of useful documents you can download:

 • A-Z of Fundraising Ideas Pack  • Coffee Morning Fundraising Pack  • Family Registration Form
• Information Pack  • Volunteer Application Form  • Volunteer Information Pack  
• FAQ’s  • Regular Giving Fact Sheet and Form

Visit our Events Page for lots of ideas and events that you can join and that will help us to continue offering the support we give to families affected by childhood cancer.

Contact us on 07966 089805 – Email: sam@shinealightss.org.uk