SIAB ‘Blog in a Bag’ No. 21: A new member of the team.

Our blog in a bag this month comes from Annabel Bates who has supported School in a Bag for many years – but has recently taken on a more involved and regular role with us. Over to Annabel to introduce herself and tell you a little bit more…

My name is Annabel, I’m 31, and I live in Yeovil with my Husband and my 2 children.  I was born and grew up in Yeovil, going to Birchfield and Buckler’s Mead School and then on to Yeovil College. When I left College I moved away from Yeovil for a couple of years to live my my partner, but once we married and had our  1st child we moved back to Yeovil to be closer to family and friends.

By the time we got back to Yeovil, The Piers Simon Appeal and School in a Bag were already established and Home Farm Festival had been running for a few years. We had 2 small kids, a love of music and camping so the festival appealed to us straight away and from our first weekend we were totally hooked! As we learnt more about the charity and all the fantastic work it does it made sense to get more involved and gradually I got involved with the Big Bag Pack at Tesco and other events that School in a Bag put on throughout the year.

In 2015 I turned 30 and celebrated by asking family and friends to fund a Schoolbag on my behalf rather than buying a present. I smashed my target of raising enough money to pay for 30 SchoolBags (one for each year) and those bags went off to Haiti to change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disaster affected children.

In late 2016 I happened to be in the Quedam just as the School in a Bag shop was opening and I went in to say hello – and left having agreed to help out a couple of times a week! Sensing my willingness to help out (and inability to say no) Luke offered me a role volunteering for the Charity on a regular basis one day a week and the rest is history!In ‘real life’ I work as a consultant for Slimming World with groups in Yeovil on a Thursday and Friday so we agreed that I would volunteer on a Monday to fit in around that and my family life. I’m based in the School in a Bag Office helping out with admin, festival and event planning, social media and pretty much anything else that needs an extra pair of hands. I’m pretty honoured to have been asked to be a part of this amazing group of people and start helping to make a difference to as many little lives as I can.