About The Team School Partners Tracy Freeman, Regional Manager, Scotland What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? My favourite time of every day is sitting down, having a chat and enjoying a healthy breakfast with my 7 year old son. It is incredibly sad that so many children in the UK do not have the opportunity to have such a relaxed and nutritious start to their day and I am privileged to be part of a fantastic team who are working hard to change this. Favourite breakfast: Scottish smoked salmon and scrambled egg on granary bread with a mug of tea. Sue Griggs, Regional Manager, North What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I love breakfast and don't function well without it! Working for Magic Breakfast means I am helping so many children to have the opportunity to eat a healthy breakfast, giving them the best start to their day. Favourite breakfast: Porridge and blueberries. Michala Wild, School Partner, North East What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Having worked in some of the most deprived areas across South Yorkshire I have seen first hand the effects of hunger in children at school. School is tough enough without having to worry about being hungry as well, so anything we can do to make school a happier place for these children is a great thing! Favourite breakfast: I do love Weetabix with semi skimmed milk and chopped banana during the week, but you can't beat a fuĺl English breakfast on Sunday with all the family in the kitchen and the radio on! Yvette Barnes, School Partner, North What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I first came across Magic Breakfast when I started work on the National School Breakfast Programme. I was immediately inspired by both the people I met and what they were working to achieve. It has since been my dream to work for Magic Breakfast and become part of the fight against hunger. Favourite breakfast: Pancakes with fruit and yoghurt. Emma McLeod, School Partner, North East What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Breakfast should not be a luxury it is a vital part of nutrition that sets you on the right path for the day. I have always valued the work of Magic Breakfast so to be part of this passionate team and helping ensure children are not too hungry to learn gets me out of bed in the morning with a smile. Favourite breakfast: It has always been sausages – apparently, it was my first word and a request every morning as a small child. It is reserved for a nice family breakfast nowadays and my children enjoy them as much as me. Catherine Millar, School Partner, North What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Seeing the impact of providing hunger-focused breakfasts has been amazing. I wish I’d known about the difference such a simple, easy and effective intervention can make when I was teaching. Favourite breakfast: Porridge with frozen fruit and seeds, fried mushrooms & tomatoes, smashed avocado with chilli, cereal with yoghurt & fruit, bacon sandwich… too many to choose from, it’s my favourite meal of the day! Andrea Doughty, School Partner and Team Leader What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Helping the younger members of our society to be able to start the day with an increased chance of having a successful learning experience, what could be better? Supporting schools to engage learners and improve their outcomes, is all I’ve ever wanted to do. Favourite breakfast: Too many to chose from, purple porridge (too many blueberries) during the week and something involving my husband’s home made hash browns as a treat. Hilary Robinson, School Partner, North West What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? As a former teacher, I know how vital a healthy breakfast is for successful learning, social and emotional growth. No child should be in a position where they do not have access to food. School is a sanctuary and a safe haven for many children. I feel privileged that I can support children in their daily lives at school helping them to achieve their goals, to grow and succeed in everything they do. I feel privileged to be part of the Magic Breakfast team. Favourite Breakfast: Huevos Rancheros (Mexican eggs) Fried eggs, spicy tomato sauce with peppers, avocado and sour cream. Linda Worthington, School Partner, North West What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I worked for 19 years in a non-maintained charity school for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues, which I loved. I wanted to keep working, if possible, supporting children in some capacity and when I learnt about Magic Breakfast I thought what a fantastic charity to work for. I feel really strongly that no child should be hungry, as much as I do that every child should know love. So I am delighted to be working for such a caring charity that is supporting children to achieve every day! Favourite breakfast: Bran flakes with a chopped banana on top. Lisa Phillips, School Partner, North West What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I first witnessed teachers needing to buy breakfast for children who had not eaten when I was completing my teacher training and quickly realised it wasn’t an isolated issue. School is challenging enough without being too hungry to learn. I’m proud to work for Magic Breakfast and be part of this amazing team who care so deeply about ending hunger as a barrier to learning. Favourite breakfast: Muesli, a buttered cinnamon bagel or fluffy crumpets – always with a comforting cup of English Breakfast Tea. Sheri Reddrop, School Partner, North West What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I have worked directly with disadvantaged young people and their families for the last 15 years, and in that time have become very aware of how hunger impacts mental health and well-being, ability to learn, and attendance, to name a few. It is important to me that the work I do feels worthwhile. What better aim to work toward than ‘No child too hungry to learn’?! I am proud to work for Magic Breakfast! Favourite breakfast: I tend to have Fruit and Fibre or Weetabix most days, but as a treat I enjoy bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon, or my absolute favourite which is poached egg on an English muffin with smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce – YUM! Jess de Ayala-Rutherford, Regional Manager, London & South East What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? For me my love for Magic Breakfast comes from the understanding that in every society, through every age, education has been the key to societal development and greater equality for all. If we can remove all the barriers to education for generations to come we optimise the conditions for the fairest possible society to evolve. Every child maintains the right to get the most out of their education. Favourite breakfast: My favourite breakfast is Brazilian; acai berry sorbet with granola, cut up bananas and honey. Yum! Rebekah Willetts, School Partner and Team Leader, London and South East What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? It is shocking that children anywhere in the world are hungry. I struggle to concentrate and feel happy when I’m hungry so I feel extremely sad knowing that so many children start their day without eating breakfast. A simple nutritious breakfast makes all the difference to a child’s well-being and ability to learn so I’m absolutely delighted to work with the Magic Breakfast team and schools to make such a positive difference in children’s lives. Favourite breakfast: Poached eggs on toast with lots of black pepper and a coffee. Jan Jemson, School Partner, London and South East What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Having worked in schools in socially deprived areas for many years I am very aware of the way hunger impacts on the well-being and education of children. Magic Breakfast is helping to keep children happy and healthy, I can't think of anything more important than that. Favourite breakfast: Poached eggs on wholewheat bread. Josie Clarke, School Partner, London What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I find it totally unacceptable that so many children go to school hungry every day. As adults, we struggle to concentrate when we are hungry, so it’s no wonder that hungry children often under achieve and are disruptive at school. Working for a charity that turns tired, irritable, hungry children into pupils, who are able to face their school day full of energy and make the most of every learning opportunity, makes me incredibly proud. Favourite breakfast:Greek yoghurt, fresh berries, sliced banana and some granola on the top! Emma Feltham, School Partner, London and South East What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? As a teacher and school partner I believe that every child deserves the opportunity to learn, develop and thrive without barrier or stigma. The work we do at Magic Breakfast is vital to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential by ensuring they start the day full, happy and ready to learn! Favourite breakfast: During the week, I start my day with a bowl of blueberry wheats and a cup of tea, but at the weekends I do enjoy the occasional full English breakfast, as a treat! Rachel Hatcher, School Partner and Team Leader, South West What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I believe that every child should have an equal chance to develop, grow and flourish which is simply not possible when you’re hungry. Knowing that I’m helping children to get off to the best start in life by making sure they are well fed, full of energy and able to start the school day ready to learn is what motivates me to work here. Favourite breakfast: Overnight oats soaked in almond milk with sultanas and cinnamon is a winner! Helena Russell, School Partner, London & South East What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Passionate about social and educational equality, I like the notion that my small input makes a big difference to children’s lives in the UK today and for the future. Just through something so straightforward as a breakfast! Hunger as a barrier to education should simply not exist in this country, in this age. Favourite breakfast: Blueberry pancakes with Greek yogurt and a double shot latte. Preferably by Cottesloe beach in Western Australia. Amy Greenhalgh, School Partner, South West What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Having been a teacher for 10 years, I have first-hand experience of the wide-ranging impact of hunger on children. I’ve also been humbled by how dedicated the staff in schools are in the work they do to support hungry children. A hungry child is at a massive disadvantage both socially and educationally, so I am incredibly proud to be working for an inspirational charity that is tackling this crisis head-on and is committed to ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn. Favourite breakfast: I’m a porridge in the winter and bircher museli in the summer gal! Philippa Richards, School Partner, South What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Food is a basic need, however sadly, for many children this is not the case. Being able to help children have a healthy breakfast so that they can get on with achieving their dreams in life is fantastic. It is motivation all wrapped up in a blanket of love and care. Favourite breakfast: Poached eggs on a bagel washed down with apple juice. Karen Hilson, School Partner, South East What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Working with a caring and dedicated team to make a positive impact on the lives of children. Favourite Breakfast: Poached egg on toast and black coffee; preferably consumed outside on a gloriously sunny day. Karen Jones, Regional Manager, Midlands & South West What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I love the fact that offering a simple, healthy breakfast can make such a difference to the health, happiness and potential future of so many children. Favourite breakfast: Weetabix with semi-skimmed milk and a topping of nuts. Alison Horton, Team Manager and School Partner, Central What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I believe that every single child deserves the best start to the day and a healthy, nutritious breakfast is a key part of wellbeing and helping children to achieve their very best . I am delighted to be working for Magic Breakfast and to be part of a team working towards our goal of ensuring no child starts the day too hungry to learn . Favourite breakfast: Porridge with berries and a cup of tea! Carina Pugh, School Partner, East Midlands What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Working for a charity that does such important work is a massive motivation for me, no child should be too hungry to learn and I love being a small part of this fabulous charity and supporting my schools and their families. Favourite breakfast: Porridge with banana and honey in the week, but at the weekends it has to be a bacon sandwich with brown sauce and a huge mug of Yorkshire tea. Sue Cockcroft, School Partner, West Midlands What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I love working with great schools, to help all their children learn and flourish by providing a healthy breakfast at the start of every school day. Favourite breakfast: During the week, marmite on granary toast, with a large mug of tea. I love waffles with raspberries at weekends. Fiona Rinvolucri, School Partner, Central What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? I enjoy supporting so many inspiring schools, who provide breakfast at the start of every school morning, who are so committed to reaching their children/students without barrier or stigma, and to address hunger in their school community. Favourite breakfast: Pancakes with a squeeze of lemon and a mug of coffee (very strong). Sukhi McDonald, School Partner, Central What motivates you to work for Magic Breakfast? Breakfast food is my favourite food, and, in my house, breakfast time is a finely tuned part of the morning routine. It’s difficult to accept that so many children in the UK do not have the same start to their day. I believe that breakfast is a right for all our children, not just a privilege for some. I feel so lucky that I can work with my colleagues at Magic Breakfast and schools across the West Midlands to ensure children have delicious and nutritious food in their tummies to help them focus and learn. Favourite breakfast: The list is long but tea and toast or croissant and a coconut cortado or an aloo paratha (popular Punjabi breakfast - flatbread stuffed with spiced potato), natural yogurt, mango pickle and a cup of Indian tea at my mom’s house!