Meet the Team
Alison FosterTrustee/Community Fundraiser
"I first got involved with charity work in 2006 after my granddaughter Madison was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, after having chemo, Madison was given the all clear, so to show our gratitude I helped my granddaughter to raise money towards a new MRI scanner through 5 Stars Appeal for Manchester Children's Hospital. In 2009 Madison relapsed and we needed to raise funds to send her to Germany for vital treatment, we needed to raise approx £250,000. Sadly Madison passed away and in her honour I now dedicate my spare time to helping to put a smile back on a child's face suffering from cancer."
Helen WoodruffTrustee/Events Co-Ordinator
"I've been involved with a few charities for a number of years & I love getting involved with community & corporate fundraising events. I became part of Maddis life in September 2010 after meeting her Uncle Simon, who is now a Trustee and Corporate Fundraiser for the charity. I feel it's a real honour to be part of such a great charity & look forward to organising many events in the years to come."
Simon FosterCorporate Fundraiser
"I have always taken part in fundraising for a variety of charities, so when our family set up Maddi's Butterflies it was only natural for me to take part. Seeing children suffering for reasons beyond any persons control is heartbreaking. Now having the chance to be part of a team that gives children and their families memories to treasure is a great privilege."
"I've been involved with Maddi's Butterflies since it began in 2012, by assisting with the initial Charity Commission filings, fundraising and helping at events. This charity is very close to my heart. I unfortunately never had the opportunity to meet Madison, but I became aware of her wonderful family via links with another charity which was helping to raise funds for her treatment abroad. Since getting to know the family, I feel like I know Madison and as such feel compelled to help to continue the amazing work this charity does. It was therefore a natural progression for me to come on board as a trustee, and I was absolutely honoured when it was suggested to me. Too many children and young people are living with cancer everyday. They are so inspirational and brave, and they thoroughly deserve everything this wonderful charity does for them."
I first became involved with this fantastic charity in tribute to our wonderful son, Matt, who passed away suddenly in February 2012, shortly after Madison. In his work as a teaching assistant, Matt was much respected for his natural ability to develop in children a love of learning and an enthusiasm for living life to the full. Madison's story touched him deeply and I know that Matt would share our passion for and commitment to creating smiles and special moments for the children and families we support in her memory.