Our History

Where did the Buddy Bag idea come from?

During a visit to Australia in 2014 our founder, Karen Williams, was inspired by an article about The Alannah and Madeline Foundation which has delivered more than 50,000 Buddy Bags to children in emergency care in Australia since 2007. On returning to the UK, Karen researched the facilities available to children in emergency care and discovered a huge need for Buddy Bags in the UK. To ensure as many children as possible can benefit from the Buddy Bag scheme, Karen set up The Buddy Bag Foundation and launched the Buddy Bag appeal in the UK, with the help and support of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

Our Mission

The Buddy Bag Foundation - Buddy Bags for Children in Emergency Care

We have created the Buddy Bag Foundation in response to the rising number of children who enter emergency care after fleeing violent situations at home.

Restoring a sense of safety and security into a child’s life during a traumatic time is one of the first steps to recovery. By providing these children with a few essential items, we can help make the transition into emergency care a little easier.

To support children in this situation we have created the Buddy Bag to provide comfort when all else has been removed.

Our Trustees

Karen is mumpreneur extraordinaire! Founder of the Buddy Bag Foundation.  Karen has a positive ‘make it happen’ attitude. With over 30 years’ business experience and skills, Karen is passionate about making a difference to the lives of others.
“I was raised in a loving, safe household and given all the
Harry is a Business Designer, working for one of the biggest design agencies in the world – Fjord, owned by Accenture. Harry has experience working with a range of businesses across multiple industries. Harry and his colleagues help businesses solve their most pressing issues, using human-centered approaches from the design
Angela Henry is a Consultant Solicitor who is passionate about helping people.
For the last 20 years she has devoted her practice to specializing in Family Law; and worked extensively in the charitable sector. Angela’s commitment to developing ways to help empower her clients led her to qualify as the
Nadina qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a firm in Nottingham.  Later, Nadina emigrated to Zurich, Switzerland where she made the switch from public practice into the world of reinsurance and insurance.  
On returning to Derbyshire, Nadina became the European Finance Director for a NASDAQ quoted manufacturer.  
Nadina then became the Finance Director for the family’s engineering business and later
Zeeshan is Head of Strategy at Morgan Reach Chartered Certified Accountants.
Zeeshan has extensive leadership and management experience across a range of sectors at national and international levels, with a proven track record in turning ideas into reality, implementing change and driving forward successful outcomes for private, public and non-profit
Rebecca is a self-driven and passionate Marketing Manager, with a background in fundraising, communications and analytics. Since graduating with a first class degree in Marketing and Branding, she has gone on to develop a successful track record in planning, executing and evaluating detailed projects in both the private and third

Our Advisory Board

Dr Kamran Shaikh is the Managing Director of Morgan Reach Chartered Certified Accountants. Kamran qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2003 and holds a PhD in Business Studies. Kamran works actively with his professional institute and is one of the Panel Members for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in
Chris is a coaching and training professional with more than 30 years’ experience of growing businesses and developing people.
“I’m a loving partner to Tina, proud dad to three wonderfully positive and goal directed young adults and recently a new dad to my youngest daughter Libby. My philosophy is to Live life on purpose, Love understand and