Emma Hallam – Founder, Director and the best job – Alex’s Mum
Having worked in many corporate businesses throughout my life, I decided to set-up Alex’s Wish shortly after my only son Alex was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy back in 2010. Having received a diagnosis like this, it changes your whole perspective on life. I knew instantly that working towards finding new treatments to help save my son’s life was where I needed to focus my efforts. Since late 2012, I have been working on Alex’s Wish whilst also having a second child Isla who came along in early 2013. Since launching Alex’s Wish I’ve never looked back. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far and have so many plans for the future. What I do know is that Alex is a more positive person than he would have been without Alex’s Wish. It gives him so much hope for the future – right now we are making the most of life whilst raising vital funds to help all children and young adults with Duchenne live a longer and more fulfilling life. I’ve also conquered many things with the charity including two sky dives (I hate flying and heights), walked the 3 peak challenge, cycled the Charnwood Forest Cycle Ride (several times) as well as the Prudential Ride London and the London to Paris Cycle Ride – but it doesn’t end there I have many more plans to help raise vital funds. This is now my passion.
Zoe Edwards – Events and Fundraising Manager
Zoe has been good friends of Emma and Andy for many years, she’s known Alex ever since he was born. Having worked in many corporate businesses as a Business Consultant, she took some time out to spend time with her children and has done many things with her life including running a home wear shop and launching a hypnotherapy business. Zoe started working alongside Emma in 2014 and hasn’t looked back since. Zoe is incredibly passionate about the cause and wants more than anything to cure this devastating disease for all those affected. Zoe has also taken part in many of Alex’s Wish events including walking the 3 peak challenge, cycling from London to Paris and the Prudential Ride London.
Heidi Eastell – Events and Fundraising
Heidi Eastell has joined the team with a great background of events experience. “With a son close to Alex’s age, this charity is very close to my heart. My own life work & experience will help to support Alex’s Wish – it’s going to be a very busy and exciting times” Heidi’s passion to take the charity forward has already made a positive effect.
Andy Hallam – CEO, Founder & Alex’s Dad
Andy set up Alex’s Wish with his wife Emma to ensure that all funding is focused on advancing research – and getting treatments into the clinic and to patients as quickly as possible. Andy runs his own Construction Business – Hallam Read and helps run the charity alongside Emma and Zoe. Andy has also taken part in many of Alex’s Wish events including finishing the London Marathon (twice!), cycled from London to Paris, taken part in the Prudential Ride London and cycled the Coast to Coast challenge. He’s not given up his trainers yet – and plans to do more for Alex’s Wish in the future.
Rachel Hargrave – Board of Trustees
Rachel runs local businesses RDZ PR and The Awards People and has supported Alex’s Wish in a variety of different ways for over 4 years. In 2019 Rachel will be taking the Zip Wire Challenge with a group of intrepid volunteers.
“It’s going to be a busy year but one that I am hugely looking forward to. Alex’s Wish is an amazing charity run by fabulous people and it is an absolute joy to be involved with them.”
Emma Moore – Board of Trustees
Emma joined Alex’s Wish as a trustee after she had taken part in lots of our cycling events. Emma has not only taken part in the Charnwood, but she has also completed Ride London for Alex’s Wish twice. Emma has her own Print Marketing and Communication company – Print Monkey. “As a trustee, working on the strategic direction of the charity with the other trustees is a fantastic opportunity for my own personal development and a role I value highly.”
Richard Amphlett – Board of Trustees
Richard has been good friends with Andy and Emma for over 20 years and has been a trustee of Alex’s Wish since the charity’s creation. He is currently Business Development Director for a Lloyds Broker, having worked in the insurance industry for the past 25 years, across a range of multi-national brokers and insurers.
Chris Everard – Board of Trustees
Chris Everard met Emma through Vistage, an Executive Coaching and Leadership mentoring group. Chris is a Chair of two Vistage groups, his past experience saw him as a retail pioneer, business leader, successful entrepreneur and rugby coach: and his valuable experience is vital to Alex’s Wish. What Chris says about his Vistage group applies equally to his work with Alex’s Wish. “The principles of success have changed surprisingly little over time but the proof only comes with experience. It’s a privilege to be able to share such experience with some remarkable people in a way that helps them and their businesses fulfill their potential.”
Glynis Wright – Board of Trustees
Glynis Wright is the Head of Practice of a legal firm that specialises in Family Law, Glynis Wright & Co. Glynis agreed to be a Trustee for Alex’s Wish, as she beleives it is an incredible charity and because Emma is a ball of energy and an inspiration. Glynis felt if she did something to help it is actually going to make a huge difference to saving lives. Such is the compelling nature of the charity that Glynis has already jumped out of a plane for Alex’s Wish and has signed up to Wing Walk for Alex’s Wish in 2019.
Janine Edwards – Board of Trustees
Janine has known Emma for a number of years and has held three events for Alex’s Wish. Janine was delighted to be invited to join the Board of Trustees. Along with this Janine is a Platinum of the Alex’s Wish Business Club.
Janine has been a Wealth Management Adviser for over 30 years and owns her own Principal Partner Practice within St James Place Wealth Management. Janine and her team deal with all manner of financial and wealth management advice for both corporate and individual clients, from the simplest to the most complex and is delighted to continue to work with Alex’s Wish in a formal capacity.