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Meet the Project Team

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Tony Hodder

My role is to lead, encourage and support the LEAF team in all the activities. I am an ordained Anglican Pioneer Priest and have helped bring about a unity across the different churches in Ledbury. Prior to ordination I was involved in several charities working in the areas of supporting young people, mental health and people with physical impairments. I am a qualified psychotherapist offering therapeutic support to people. I am also a qualified accountant and worked in industry for many years.

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Malcom Laird

The heart of hope, joyful freedom and loving care which beats at the centre of this charity is not a system of beliefs but it is the wonder of a deepening experience in real time of a relationship with its source: God himself. My role is not only to help us as a team to keep this connection in all we do but to make it available to anyone and everyone who is looking for answers to the deepest questions and longings of life.

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Chris Daws

I am delighted to join the project team for this amazing charity, which is transforming the lives of people in Ledbury.  I will be leading the work on Finance, bringing the skills I learned before I retired.

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Clare Porter

I'm Clare and have responsibility for the Physical Wellbeing strand in LEAF. I'm a retired teacher and when not serving LEAF I can often be found walking Amber, my red fox Labrador, in the hills, or singing, or both at the same time!

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Ali Bennett

Hi, I’m Ali and I have the privilege of overseeing the emotional well-being branch of LEAF. I have a background of working as a health professional, both in the NHS and for children’s charities. Some years ago I retrained as a counsellor and recently stepped out of my health professional role and into full time counselling. I love supporting and enabling people to find ways forward through their emotional challenges and I know that people’s emotional well-being is important to God too. I love to start the day by running through our beautiful local countryside before settling into work.

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Lydia Williamson

Hi, I'm Lydia and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to use my heart for all things 'family', to connect with and support so many families here in Ledbury, through my role as Families Worker for LEAF! Family really is central to everyones' lives - and no two families are the same! Family life is rarely straightforward, so it is no surprise that we all need a hand with this sometimes! They say it takes a village to raise a child, and it is my privilege to get to play a small part in helping families strengthen and broaden this village to get the best out of their family lives!

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Mary Anne Keyes

Christians in Ledbury are already working together to share the good news of God’s unconditional love with children, both by practical action and by telling the Christian story.   LEAF will seek to help support existing activities and to encourage and enable new ones, and my role is to facilitate this by liaising with all involved in children’s work.  The skills I bring to the team are those learned through many years as a primary school teacher and through experiencing a wide variety of young people’s activities in many different churches.  I enjoy working with committed teams of people who long to share their faith in Jesus with children and their families. 

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