Laura Giordano
Digital Manager (Volunteer)

Hi, My name is Laura and I’m an Italian living in London. I'm a digital strategist and music lover. In 2012 I left Italy to come to the UK to take a Masters to pursue my career goal. As a digital media strategist I can offer creative solutions for digital projects. I am a very emphatic person and I love helping people. I very happy to be part of this team because it allows me to improve my skills and at the same time give my contribution to Ring20.

Ian Allen
Bookkeeper (Volunteer)

Hi, I'm Ian and I live near Reading, Berkshire, with my wife and two children. I've been a bookkeeper for just a couple of years now as a change of pace and for my physical and mental well-being was urgently called for. After 30 years in the catering industry, most of which were spent as a head chef, had taken its toll and I wanted to be able to see my little family grow up. Talking of family, this is how I got into bookkeeping. My sister, who is also the Treasurer of Ring20, has been a bookkeeper for more years than she cares to mention, both of our parents have been and even our maternal grandmother, so I guess you could say it's definitely in our blood!

Clare Carter
Administration Manager (Volunteer)

My name is Clare and I have been married to Tim for 26 years. I have two grown up children Ben and Eleanor, and have worked in Education for the last 4 years looking after students in boarding schools across the West Midlands. Prior to this role, I worked in the Insurance Industry for over 10 years as a Team Leader handling Claims. I became interested in helping as a Volunteer for Ring20 on chatting to another member of the Ring20 Community who is a friend of mine and I wanted to help.

Kallif Garlicki
Research/Family support manager (Volunteer)
Jake Ogilvie
Digital and Comms (Volunteer)

Having completed my B.A Honours at Keele University I sort to use my time productively over the challenging months we all have faced. Having found Ring20’s job description through my university’s internships program. I applied as the opportunity excited me; it allowed me to utilise the skills I had developed through university and past internships to aid a charity that was working towards a collective good. The project I am currently undertaking involves reviewing Ring20’s digital output and representation to its stakeholders. Thanks to the help of the team at Ring20, we have been able to make a lot of optimistic changes that I hope developed the charity positively. Having enjoyed this opportunity, I hope to continue to help as a volunteer after my internship as I believe Ring20 is essential and beneficial to the community it serves.

Dale Ward
Fundraising and r(20) Advocate (Volunteer)

Dale is an r(20) advocate and attends events/hosts stands for us, typically in Wales (Cardiff) area.

Dawn Gray
Fundraising and r(20) Advocate (Volunteer)

I am the mother of Callum, diagnosed with r(20) when he was 7 years old – some 10 years ago. He started with absence seizures which then developed into longer complex partial absences and had to be admitted to Gloucester Royal hospital after having 7 hour seizure. When Callum was 11 he went on the ketogenic diet; high fat, very low carbs. After 10 days he was more alert and after 6 months he came off all medication (he did the diet for 2 years and 2 months). We had a year and a half of him being seizure free and drug free. After the recommended time and Callum becoming a difficult teenager we came off the diet. The seizures started coming back one a week about 10 mins duration initially so he was put onto Acetazolamide but despite upping the dose  he is still having daily seizures last 5 to 15 mins. Now Callum is in transition period and waiting for an appointment in Gloucester. Callum struggles with learning but enjoys 6th form at school. His behaviour can be very challenging at home. We hope he can go into catering, though heat and cold extreme seen to trigger of seizures.

I volunteer for Ring20 Research and Support UK CIO because I want to help. Callum and I have represented the group at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on a number of occasions and we have undertaken various fundraising activities from a fundraising cake sale afternoon, to Christmas and Easter raffles and putting out collection boxes.

Jonathon Dunn
r(20) map and website support (Volunteer)

Jon is the father of Kieran who was diagnosed with Ring20 when he was 5.  Jon helps support the technical side of the website and maintains the Ring20 map.

Vidya Kamath
Bookkeeper (Volunteer)
Gemma Underwood
Bid Writing (Volunteer Consultant)

Gemma Underwood (MInstF) has over 13 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, for small, medium and large charities, providing a wide range of services to vulnerable people. Specialising in trust, statutory and corporate fundraising Gemma has also undertaken Head of Fundraising roles with responsibility for managing multiple fundraising income streams. As a consultant Gemma now develops fundraising strategies and submits high quality funding applications for charities across the sector.

Having been diagnosed with an unrelated, genetic condition in 2009, Gemma is keenly aware of the importance of research into rare conditions and having established a fundraising consultancy in 2015 was keen to support a dynamic local charity in championing this cause.

Ring 20 Research Support UK CIO provided an ideal opportunity and Gemma is now our Volunteer Fundraising Manager with responsibility for developing fundraising strategy, submitting funding applications and managing fundraising activities. As a member of the Institute of Fundraising Gemma is committed to adhering to the codes of fundraising practice in all fundraising activities.