Meet The Team
The Ripple Pond was set up by Julia Molony and Sue Hawkins who recognised the need for local self-help support groups for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured service personnel and veterans. The charity was set up with the main aim of providing a space to express feelings safely, in a non-judgemental environment, where everyone can be heard.
It does not matter what the ‘injury’ is. It can be physical, emotional (such as PTSD) or both. The fact that a loved one has been ‘injured’ in any way is a shock. Knowing they are home and alive does not mean we do not feel angry, scared, and sad or a mixture of all these feelings at any given time. Our world has been changed by an event beyond our control and the need to have someone reach out and listen to our story, however many times we need to tell it, to have someone bear witness to our distress can be very healing.
I felt isolated from the regimental welfare system and very alone.
There were few people with whom I could freely talk about how I felt.
The Ripple Pond has enabled me to talk about the pain and difficulties since my son’s accident, which has enabled me to move on and deal with the impact on our lives that his injury has had.
As next of kin, the knock on the door in May 2010 was the first I knew about our son’s injury. While he was having life-saving surgery in Camp Bastion, we were taken up to Birmingham to support him on his return from Afghanistan.
When he began his rehabilitation the shock of the previous months hit me hard. At this point I Iost all confidence, preventing me from phoning for help. I will never ever forget how this affected me and vowed then that I would do anything I could to improve support for future ‘injured families’.
The Ripple Pond has helped me validate this traumatic experience and gradually I am coming to terms with our new ‘normality’.
The Ripple Pond provides avenues for self-help and support
Appointed as Director of The Ripple Pond, I look after the day to day management of the charity since April 2016.
I am a retired Royal Marine having served for 35 years, so fully understand the various aspects of military life that The Ripple Pond gets involved in. I have also seen at very close hand that injuries received by service personnel can impact not only the service member but their close family.
I believe The Ripple Pond is unique in the support that it provides and it is vitally important to ensure that this continues, which is why I wanted to work for them.
Julia and Sue have done a fantastic job setting things up. My intent along with the rest of the team, is to ensure that the service The Ripple Pond provides carries on and expands where opportunities and funding allow.
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Lynne, as Manager at The Ripple Pond, started in September 2018 after some time as Beneficiaries Officer. She took immediate control of updating member information and has since devoted herself to learning about and enhancing the various support networks as manager of this charity.
Her role includes day-to-day management of the team, the office and continues to be a point of contact for new members and enquiries.
Lynne has been married for 22 years and has two boys. She is not from a military background but her eldest son has recently, and very enthusiastically, joined the Air Cadets and hopes to join the military when he leaves school. Currently also doing a listening skills course which she really enjoys. Other interests are dog walking, keeping in touch with friends and meeting new people.
Media & Marketing Coordinator and Beneficiaries Administrator
Contact: Office1@theripplepond.org or 07825 296712
Becky joined The Ripple Pond in August 2018 as Beneficiaries Administrator.
Her role is to conduct new beneficiary registrations as well as keeping in regular contact with the Group Administrators for her areas of the UK, ensuring the relevant groups run effectively.
Since December 2018, shealso takes over the media and marketing role, facilitating communication with outside organisations. Furthermore highlighting The Ripple Pond’s unique peer-led support groups to a greater audience.
Becky has two children and her husband is currently serving in the RAF. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, reading and spending quality time with her family.
A large part of her role as Beneficiary Administrator is to keep in regular contact with Member Group Administrators and to help with making arrangements for the groups to run, as well as taking some of the member enquiry calls.
She lives with her husband, son and two giant rabbits. She enjoys crafts such as jewellery making, paper cutting and crochet, and does voluntary work at a local animal farm with her son. She is a fair weather camper in the summer months and loves to be by the sea.
Group Development Officer
As Group Development Officer, Katie works with the groups that run in the South of England. She will be keeping in regular contact with the Group Administrators, taking calls from new members, assisting with arrangements for running the groups and working towards developing the groups.
She lives with her two children, two dogs and her husband who is in the Infantry. In her very limited spare time, she likes to read, do yoga and go camping (if it’s sunny!) She is also currently doing a photography course which is hard work but she is really enjoying learning a new skill.