Below is a short introduction to each member of the ‘Project Team’.
Together, we hope to continue with (and eventually expand) the project to help as many people as possible, as well as offering support to those who need it.
If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact any one of us and your message will be passed on to the most relevant person. The easiest way of doing so is by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the project Facebook page.
Team Members & Roles
Hi everyone! Even though you all know me (or of me) from setting up ‘Bravery Bottles’ (as an extension to my blog), I’ll start by introducing myself, but keeping my waffling to a minimum!
I created ‘Bravery Bottles’ as a hobby, a form of distraction and to occupy myself when I returned home during my 1st year of my Law Degree. The deterioration left me no choice but to return home from Uni to receive the care I needed (and continue to need) whilst I’m bed bound and requirements so demanding.
Without the focus and distraction of ‘Bravery Bottles’ this year, I don’t know what I would have done, but I can say for certain that the people I’ve met as a result of the project are some of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met. Less than 9 months ago, those people were strangers, and now, they’re friends that I can’t imagine life without. Finally, I just wanted to thank the rest of the team; I’m so grateful to each and every one of you for helping to keep the project running; your selflessness doesn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated⭐️❤️
Name: MEGAN WHITEHOUSE Role: PROJECT CREATOR & ADMIN Project: GENERAL
Hi, I’m Megan and I’m 20 years old. I have several chronic illnesses, the most predominantbeing EDS (accompanied by some of its comorbidities). I have a cat called Flash. I love gaming, mostly on my PS4 or Original PS3 but I also play on my 3DS from time to time. I enjoy arts and crafts, coin collecting and all things zebra related. I can’t wait to put my passion and love for this project towards helping people. I hope to get to know some of you better ❤
Name: NAOMI GILCHRIST Role: PARTICIPANT MENTOR Project: BRAVERY BOTTLES Hi I’m Naomi and I’m from the UK. I love arts and crafts, letter writing, baking and blogging. I have M.E., Functional Neurological Disorder (FND for short), HSD among a few other things but I don’t let my health define me. I’m here as a ‘Listening Ear’ to offer you support when your struggling and to help you celebrate your victories (even if it’s just getting out of bed and out your pj’s today!)
Name: HAYLEY TACKETT Role: INTERNATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR Project: BRAVERY BOTTLES
Hi I’m Hayley, I’m 20 years old and the the US (Ohio to be more exact) I have several health issues Endometriosis and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis just to name a couple. I am the new B.B. International Co-ordinator. I have two four-legged best friends, their name are Roo and Luna (ok so, maybe they’re dogs too 😂) I enjoy reading and making cards with my spare time.
Name: ANNIE PLANT Role: MODERATOR Project: BRAVERY BOTTLES
Hello, I’m Annie. I’m 22 years old. I have 2 dogs and live with my parents. I have struggled and am struggling with a wide range of mental illnesses. I enjoy walking and reading (Harry Potter is life). I am looking at working with children and young people who need extra support in schools. I am excited to be able to put time and effort into this wonderful project and look forward to talking to and getting to know some of you xx
Name: KRISTY SCOTT Role: MODERATOR Project: BRAVERY BOTTLES
Hi I’m Kristy I’m 23 from Edinburgh. I live with my dog Archie and my partner Matt. I love to watch some of my favourite programmes such as House MD, NCIS, Orange is the new Black, I also love to read books, do adult colouring and dot to dot. I have several chronic illnesses which have resulted in me having 3 major open surgeries and have another one soon. My saying is ‘Just keep swimming!’
Name: ROSIE POWLESLAND Role: ‘LISTENING EAR’ Project: BRAVERY BOTTLES
Hi, I’m Rosie. I’m 25 and have several lifelong conditions, including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Hereditary Chronic Relapsing Pancreatitis. I’m a full time wheelchair user and rely on TPN to keep me alive. None of that defines ME though. I love adventure and the oudoors, and in the summer I can often be found fishing with my Dad. I love all things craft related, and think there is little better than curling up in front of a movie of an evening. I am currently studying towards a History degree with the Open University, as the subject is my first and true passion. Although, another more recently found passion of mine is baking. Cakes, cookies, Quiches in particular.
Name: LYDIA WALKER Role: ‘LISTENING EAR’ Project: BRAVERY BOTTLES
My name is Lydia. I am 18 years old and live with my parents, brother and sister. Recently, I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression and struggled to talk, make friends and even leave the house. On my good days, I enjoy writing stories, cross stitching and playing games. I find joy in helping and supporting others and I am honoured to be part of a team where I do just that.’
Name: NICOLE GRAY Role: ‘KATIE’S CARE KITS’ CO-ORDINATOR Project: KATIE’S CARE KITS
Hi I’m Nicole, I’m 24, live in Scotland and am a part-time student studying via The Open University on their BSc Health Sciences course. I’m one of the coordinators for the Care Kits project. I love: reading, Harry Potter, House MD, Grey’s Anatomy and horror movies. I also love shopping (my bank account hates me!) I know how difficult being unwell can be as I’ve got a range of both chronic illnesses and mental health problems, I’m also fed through a feeding tube. I look forward to working in connection with everyone and can’t wait to get stuck in! 💕
Name: CHANEL SAMBROOKES Project: KATIE’S CARE KITS Role: ‘KATIE’S CARE KITS’ CO-ORDINATOR
Hi my name is Chanel and I’m 19 years old from Liverpool. I live with my mum and brother and I have a dog called paddy who is my bestfriend!. I suffer with mental health and I have a chronic illness which I’m.happy to talk about to anyone who would like to ask questions and know abit about it, i love animals and my dream job is yo have my own rescue centre when I have my own home! I’m glad I’m apart of this wonderful project and I’m looking forward to getting to know you all and help you out!x
Name: CASPER DAWSON Role: ‘TEDDIES WITH TRACHS’ CO-ORDINATOR Project: TEDDIES WITH TRACHS
I’m Casper- I’m 22, transgender, from manchester autistic and gay. I’ve struggled with mental health issues the majority of my life and communities such as bravery bottles really help me cope. They also helped me realise that it’s okay to be in physical pain because of mental illness and it’s okay to take some time out if I need. I enjoy going to the cinema, playing too much Pokemon and walking my dog. I’m a rodent lover, and the best rat dad you’ll ever meet. I think the teddies project will be ideal for me to help out with because I volunteer with children with additional needs in my spare time, so I know how important it is for kids to have toys that are like them. I also feel like It would have done wonders for my self esteem if I had a bear with additional needs when I was younger. Hopefully I’ll do alright at helping out and hopefully we can make some kids smile!
Name: JESSICA LAUGHTON Role: ‘TEDDIES WITH TRACHS’ CO-ORDINATOR Project: ‘TEDDIES WITH TRACHS’
Hi im Jess 🙂 im 24 and have EDS along with lots of other health issues including being a recent leg amputee. I currently live in a residential home with my cat (and best friend) Tilly 🙂 i love all things Harry Potter and crafts to keep me busy 😊 x