Anita Hicks - SEN RGN Dip Pal Care BSC HonoursClinical LeadAnita is one of the founding members and joint Clinical Lead for Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity. Anita’s longstanding experience has been developed over a career in nursing spanning five decades, previously working for the NHS for 40 yrs. She was instrumental in the early development of cancer and palliative care services. Anita was also responsible for commissioning hospital-based Macmillan Nurse’s which sparked her interest in supporting children whose parents have a life limiting condition.She later went on to complete her degree in public health nursing where she looked at the way children and young people were supported in the community following bereavement. She enjoys sharing her knowledge through conferences and seminars and empowering others to support bereaved children and families in their community.Anita has been married for over 40 years and enjoys travelling (with a fascination for New York) and caravanning. She has six children, three of her own and three that she brought up as her own following the death of a close friend.
Children’s Bereavement Charity
Karen Codd - SEN RGN RCNClinical LeadKaren is one of the founding members and joint Clinical Lead for Sandy Bear Children's Bereavement Charity.Karen has a wealth of experience with working with families who have suffered a bereavement; she supported many families following the sudden and often traumatic death of a loved one during her career in A&E as a senior staff nurse, a post she held for over 30 years. In 1989, she and a friend set up the Pembrokeshire Cot Death Support Group which involved supporting parents whose baby had died from cot death. Her other bereavement roles have included working as an immediate family support worker for 2 Wish Upon a Star and also running their monthly parents support group. Karen also worked for Sandy Bear from 2006 until it was decommissioned but never lost her enthusiasm for helping bereaved children and their families.Karen also gives freely of her spare time to the charity and regularly gives talks to local community groups about the work of the charity. She has been instrumental in setting up Sandy Bear as a stand alone charity.
Ceri Crichton - BSc (Hons)Charity Development LeadCeri joined Sandy Bear in January 2020 after volunteering for the charity following her dismay at the service decommissioning in 2017. Ceri is passionate about the well-being of children following her upbringing in a deprived area of the South Wales Valleys and through her career at the NSPCC. Ceri has had a successful career spanning 23 years in business development. Graduating with a degree in Business Management in 2000 sponsored by Coca-Cola Enterprises, Ceri has worked for household names in both the private, third and charity sector. She has been lucky to travel the globe, both through her career and personal life, spending a stint abroad in 2001, when she travelled with her (now) husband to Morocco and Southern Europe in a beaten up VW camper van.Ceri is 41 years old and loves karate and yoga (having joined a local dojo at the age of 38 'by accident'). She moved to Pembrokeshire in 2004 following her marriage and loves the coast and the countryside. She has two children, whom she adores, and a growing family of pets, as by her own admission, resistance is futile.