About The Team Fundraising Emily Wilkie, Head of Fundraising What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? There are thousands of children going to school with empty stomachs. If we don’t do anything, these children will not have the same opportunities as their peers, they will not be able to learn, to concentrate, or to enjoy and get the most out of their school experiences. They’re also really hungry, their little tummies are empty, and they may not have eaten anything since lunch the day before. I don’t know about you, but I find that heartbreaking. The vision of Magic Breakfast is simple; to end hunger as a barrier to learning. The knowledge that I am working towards this vision, alongside some of the most inspiring and dedicated people I have ever met, is all I need to get me out of bed in the morning. Favourite breakfast: Berries and yoghurt and a side of wholegrain toast topped with almond butter – yummy! Catherine Mackenzie, Head of Corporate Partnerships What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Education should be a level playing field for all children. It is unacceptable that something as simple as not having breakfast impacts on a child's education detrimentally. We can help children to fulfil their potential by making sure that they are not too hungry to learn. I personally find it heartbreaking that children all over the country, but also in my local schools, are going without the fuel they need to learn. Magic Breakfast's intervention is simple but effective - and we know it works. Favourite breakfast: On a weekend, a Mexican-themed breakfast is my favourite! Tortilla, eggs, spicy beans, salsa and avocado. Otherwise, I go for porridge or muesli. Shafiya Shah, Corporate Partnerships Manager What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? How can I not want to contribute to the work of Magic Breakfast – that’s more the question. It is both heart-breaking and unbelievable that children in our communities, at our doorsteps are not being able to maximise their right to an education for simply being too hungry to learn. Nothing more. The impact of something as basic as a nutritious breakfast on their little minds and in their bellies can’t be overestimated, studies have shown this. What Magic Breakfast does is straight forward, but the difference it has on children is far reaching; it gives them the fuel they need to learn, concentrate and grow. Removing hunger as a barrier to education is a vision that I want to play my part in achieving. Favourite breakfast: Poached eggs on sour dough with a sprinkling of parsley, sometimes with a tiny bit of salmon on the side if feeling extra indulgent. Laura Colgan, Corporate Partnerships Manager What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I'm a hangry monster on the rare occasion I skip a meal, so it's heart-wrenching and frankly unbelievable that so many children in the UK are starting their day with an empty tummy. I strongly believe that every child deserves an equal start in life, and a nutritious breakfast for all is the vital first step needed to make this a reality. I am proud to be part of the palpable change that Magic Breakfast is bringing about, and as a massive foodie I also feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with such a fabulous bunch of restaurants and corporate partners who are helping to make a real difference. Favourite breakfast: Marmite on wholegrain toast with scrambled eggs, black pepper and a good coffee. Jenna Durdle, Corporate Partnerships Manager What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? From helping out as a cook at a charity in Brighton to volunteering in a centre for disadvantaged children in Ecuador, I’ve seen the impact that food poverty has on people’s lives. Across the UK, thousands of children are going to school too hungry to learn, and that just isn’t acceptable. I hope that by being part of the Magic Breakfast team I can play a small part in changing that. Favourite breakfast: On a weekday I have granary toast with peanut butter (crunchy) and marmite (yes – both!), with a strong cup of tea. As a weekend treat, it’s got to be a pain au chocolat from my local bakery. Bea Sayer, Corporate Partnerships Executive What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? The sheer number of children who, each day, are turning up to school hungry and who are consequently missing out on their education. Behind these awful statistics are amazing children who shouldn’t have their futures and dreams compromised by hunger, and Magic Breakfast is doing incredible work to ensure that this is not the case. Favourite breakfast: Pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, and if I’m feeling particularly hungry a slice of American cheese! Kimberley Kotadia, New Business Manager What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I can’t function if I don’t have breakfast so it really shocks and upsets me that some children are starting the day without any food. I’m passionate that no child should be prevented from reaching their potential due to something which can so easily be fixed. I’m really excited to be part of Magic Breakfast and to play a part in removing hunger as a barrier to education. Favourite breakfast: Poached eggs and smashed avocado on toast with a mug of strong tea. Martin Reymert, Trusts and Foundations Officer What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I have always been passionate about an equal society where all children have the same opportunities to pursue their dreams. In the UK today, children living in poverty and hunger are massively disadvantaged compared to children growing up in more stable households. I therefore believe that Magic Breakfast’s work, ensuring that all children have access to a healthy breakfast to kick-start their school day, is important to bridge this gap. Favourite breakfast: Poached eggs and avocado on toast Alice Rivers, Trusts and Foundations Officer What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Education plays such an important part in empowering children to pursue a happy and healthy future. It is unacceptable that so many children in the UK cannot access this education, despite being in the classroom, because they are too hungry to concentrate and learn. Magic Breakfast does amazing work in providing a simple and effective solution to help children reach their full potential and I feel very lucky to be part of it! Favourite breakfast: Porridge (with a pinch of salt!) with raspberries, peanut butter and honey. Pop out for a mocha if I’m feeling decadent. Ave Vinick, Philanthropy Manager What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? The thought of kids starting the day hungry and the idea that I might be able to help some of them get a decent breakfast. Favourite breakfast: Pancakes or waffles with real maple syrup! Tania Salway, Philanthropy Lead What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Magic Breakfast has all the key ingredients for ensuring that children get the fuel they need to improve their learning and wellbeing. It should be a reality and not magical that morning hunger in the UK not exist, but, until then, Magic Breakfast’s work is truly transformational for changing the lives of children, families, and communities. Favourite breakfast: Nasi Goreng (Indonesian fried rice) for a taste of my motherland.