Dr Rachel Furley MBE, Founder & Chair
Since founding the charity as a medical student at Cambridge University, Rachel has qualified as a doctor and has spent time working in various hospitals around the East of England. As a consultant paediatrician, she is able to support the children in Belarus in a professional capacity, where appropriate.
Galina is the head of ‘Sails of Childhood’ which is the main organisation that we work with in Belarus. It is a charity based in Rogachev helping disadvantaged children. Galina runs this voluntarily and with great determination! She has six children herself and an ever-growing number of grandchildren.
Galina and Rachel have worked together since before the official founding of Bridges to Belarus and have a solid working relationship. Galina understands the local pressures and needs of the people; we take advice and guidance from her regarding many issues. Galina is an absolutely essential member of the team for Bridges to Belarus.
Sarah Greaves, treasurer
Sarah joined Bridges to Belarus in 2009, after hearing about us through a work colleague. She now acts as Treasurer and is learning Russian. She has travelled to Belarus with Rachel on several occasions
We were lucky to meet Ellie whilst she was a student at Cambridge, studying Russian. She has been extremely helpful with translation issues and has visited Belarus. She was part of the pilot summer school project. Ellie is fantastic at initiating new ways for our work to be publicised and to reach new audiences.
We are extremely grateful to our school partners - St John’s College School, in Cambridge, and Linton Heights Junior School - who fundraise for us and provide educational advice.