“Back in 2009 my husband Jim and I lost our first daughter Ella-Jayne to a congenital heart defect. It was an incredibly distressing, life changing time for us and when we finally recovered from the horror of it all we felt an overpowering need to help the people that had given us the short time we’d had with Ella-Jayne.
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Southampton Hospital is where Ella-Jayne spent almost half of her life, and consequently it became home to us too. During our time at the hospital Jim and I had the privilege to witness first hand this incredible facility in action.
The compassion, professionalism and skill of the clinicians that worked there was awe-inspiring. What was also astounding was how desperately they depended on fundraising to provide all the equipment and bed spaces they needed.
There is only one way to numb the pain of losing a child and that is to help other children. To try and make a difference to their lives and help give them the future they deserve.”
Sarah & Jim x
Meet the Team
Founder & Trustee
Sarah works extensively in the film and television industry but dedicates much of her spare time to The Murray Parish Trust. She co-founded the charity with her husband Jim in memory of their late daughter Ella-Jayne, who died of congenital heart failure in 2009.
Together, they have helped raise millions of pounds to advance paediatric medicine across the South of England, funding vital projects at University Hospital Southampton including a dedicated new state of art Children’s ED, an expansion to the PICU, and other much-needed equipment and services.
Founder & Trustee
Jim similarly combines his TV and film career with working hard to raise funds for The Murray Parish Trust, which he co-founded with his wife Sarah in memory of their late daughter Ella-Jayne.
He is very proud to have helped make a real difference to the care and treatment of children across the Southern region via the projects and facilities which the MPT have funded. He is also a keen angler and artist and has sold a number of pieces in support of the charity.
Chair of Trustees
Jayne George lives in Dorset with her husband Nick, her son and two adopted daughters. She has worked in fundraising for 21 years and is hoping to use her skills and experience to help this wonderful cause make a difference and bring hope to families in their darkest moments.
Jayne’s passion for this cause is evident in that she too has experienced the agony of losing a child. Jayne and Nick’s daughter, Emily Grace died at only a week old in 1996.
Peter is Managing Partner of regional law firm, Paris Smith. He has lived in Hampshire for over 30 years and has a wide network of connections and contacts. He feels blessed to be married to Vicki and has two daughters, Kate and Alex.
Peter was deeply touched by Sarah and Jim’s story. He feels passionately about why The Murray Parish Trust can make such a difference to children and families across the Wessex region.
Nick, a husband to Henrietta and a father of 3 girls, was brought up in Hampshire where he has again returned. Nick has no direct link to Southampton Hospital, nor has he ever set foot on a stage but is passionately committed to the good works of this Trust.
As a banker, plying his trade in a Brazilian Bank, located in the West End of London, Nick’s principle interest in this venture is to relieve his colleagues of their hard-gotten gains and help build this vision he shares with Sarah and Jim.
Dr Jason Barling
Jason is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine working in the Children’s Emergency & Trauma Department at University Hospital Southampton. He has led the development of the new department for the past 6 years and is involved in setting national standards for emergency care in children & young people. He will provide the medical input to the 2MillionSteps campaign and is hoping to row from Jersey to Southampton in 2018 to raise money.
Jason is married to Angela and has 3 daughters. His other passions are sailing, skiing & nice coffee!
Tim began his career with the Army in 1989 as an Infantry Officer, later joining the Fleet Air Arm as a Commando helicopter pilot flying in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He left the military in 2008, joining Barclays Wealth as a Private Banker.
Tim now advises charities, trusts and foundations. He was elevated to Commander of the Order of Saint John in 2014 for his charity work in the UK and knighted in 2014 for his charity and diplomatic work in the Caribbean.
Penelope (Penn) Kirk
Penelope has worked for over 38 years in education, both in the UK and overseas and for 25 years she has been the Head of two schools. Now recently retired, she is working independently as an educational consultant and inspector.
She was deeply moved by Sarah and Jim’s story and ambition and is delighted to have an opportunity to work with a charity that is local and that embraces children who are vulnerable. Her aim is to ensure the message about the Trust is heard loud and clear throughout the county and beyond.
Married to Tim with two young girls, Shadi worked as Head of Communications for the past 20 years for several PLCs and is now enjoying working from her home for international Kickstarter innovators.
Shadi loves nothing more than collaborating and lives by ‘alone we go fast, together we go further’. Having summited The Matterhorn raising funds for The Murray Parish Trust, her aim is to continue raising the profile of the charity through inspirational talks sharing some of her experiences, to transforming the way youngsters observe their world, tackle challenges and truly prepare themselves to step out of their comfort zone.
Nadine enjoyed a successful career as a Special Effects Producer working on television commercials and music videos at The Moving Picture Company and
Married to David and after raising their two daughters, Nadine decided to pursue her own artistic journey and now enjoys painting and creating sculpture. Nadine is involved with various charitable endeavors and actively supports projects which bring the arts to vulnerable young people in Hampshire.
The important work of The Murray Parish Trust is very dear to her heart. Nadine is delighted to be working alongside the team and she is eager to raise awareness of the charity and help to realise its inspirational ambitions.
Head of Operations
Sam worked for 20 years at Sky Sports on a wide variety of major sporting events which took her all over Europe and beyond. Alongside this Sam has been actively involved in many community ventures over the years and brings with her a combination of a wide and varied skill base in organising and implementing fundraising events plus the ability to work well under pressure.
Her aim is to raise awareness of The Murray Parish Trust and help make a difference to the lives of critically ill children in our region.
Head of Trusts & Grants
Karen has worked in fundraising for two decades and held several senior management positions including Head of Fundraising at North Bristol NHS Trust, where she ran a large capital appeal to refurbish the neonatal unit and subsequently won the Institute of Fundraising’s Professional Fundraiser of the Year.
She now runs her own fundraising consultancy providing strategic advice, coaching and practical fundraising support, mostly for small and medium sized charities. Her clients include Southampton Hospital Charity where she worked on the Children’s Emergency & Trauma Department appeal with us – as well as CHICKS, MS Research Treatment and Education, Penny Brohn UK and bibic. She is also proud to be a trustee for Great Western Air Ambulance.
Community Fundraising Manager
Julie worked for over 25 years in marketing and market research for companies including Kraft Foods and Bacardi Martini. During this period she helped clients including the RNLI, Macmillan Cancer Support and Fairtrade optimise their communications, formulate their fundraising strategies and develop their services to meet key needs.
She is delighted to be working for a charity which is making such a significant difference to the lives and care of children in the South of England, and to be able to use her skills in a variety of ways to support the Trust’s goals.
Social Media Manager
Dominique has spent most of her career in the healthcare and childcare industry before starting in Social Media and writing in 2012.
As a mother of five children, she has had many experiences in A&E departments over the years and is wholeheartedly campaigning for our #2MillionSteps appeal.
Communications & Donor Relations Manager
Pippa has definitely had a non-linear career: from public relations to environmental law, marketing to community and charity fundraising. She loves the challenge of focusing her enthusiasm, ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’ attitude and attention to detail on projects she really believes in.