Our People

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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. With a career in paediatrics, she hopes to further support the children in Belarus in a professional capacity where appropriate. 


Sarah greaves, treasurer 

Sarah joined Bridges to Belarus after hearing about us via a work colleague and now acts as Treasurer.  She is currently learning Russian and went to to Belarus for the first time, with Rachel, in 2014.


SHeila furley, secretary 

Sheila has been involved in various ways with Bridges to Belarus throughout its lifetime. She heads up the Summer School project, ensuring its success and continuation.  Sheila spends a great deal of time and effort knitting seasonal small toys to be sold in aid of B2B, which not only raise a lot of money for the charity but also help raise awareness.



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.