Lynne Orton – Chair
I have known Joanne for many years firstly through business and then becoming friends. I also got to know the rest of her family. I saw their sadness at losing Paul Popham and their passion in wanting to set up a charity in his name to ease the suffering of fellow Renal patients. Their passion is infectious and I had no hesitation in volunteering to be part of the charity.
I run a networking company called BizNet and have done for almost 14 years. Our business is about helping other businesses grow and we do this by organising regular networking lunches & breakfasts every month – a total of 13 events a month across the whole of south Wales.
Company website: www.biznetwales.co.uk
Bob Sheffield – Vice Chair
My name is Bob Sheffield and my role in the PPF organisation, since its inception, is that of Vice Chairperson. I attend the regular monthly meetings, provide support to the Chairperson Joanne, I help ensure that the meetings are run effectively, I provide suggestions for money raising activities and attend the various organised events to ensure that they run as smoothly as possible.
My everyday job is a part-time sales representative and merchandiser. My hobbies include travel, both in the UK and abroad. I enjoy visiting the more unusual foreign destinations, and last year I did a tour of Vietnam with my wife Dawn. To keep myself fit I have now replaced playing squash with walking my very energetic lurcher dog, Barney.
The reason that I became involved with the PPF organisation is due to the fact that I was a very close friend of Paul Popham since our school days at St. Joseph’s primary. We were friends until he died, and it seemed to me to be a natural step to be involved in a charity run in his name to help give assistance to patients of Morriston renal ward and their families.
Rhian Popham – Vice Chair
My role within the charity is to advise on event costs and potential gains to ensure events are worth undertaking.
I am involved in the charity as I am the Daughter-In-Law of the late Paul Popham and saw his struggle 1st hand and the effect his illness had on his day to day life. This made me keen to help others experiencing the same fate.
I’m a Quantity Surveyor currently in the High Voltage Power sector but currently on a small break being a mother to a new little addition to the family.
Claire Popham – Secretary
My name is Claire Popham. I’m secretary to the Paul Popham Fund. When my Father passed away in 2012 it became very clear to us as a family that there needed to be a legacy to his spirit that people could turn to in their hour of need. So many people turned to him when he was alive and his passing left a gap in so many hearts. A charity seemed to be the most suitable way to pay testimony to his spirit while helping those in need. It is our hope that the Paul Popham Fund can inspire people with renal failure to live positively and know they can lead a full and happy life.
We also wish that we can inspire the wider community to believe that all their goals can be achieved with self belief. I am 40 years old. I am mum to Mitchell who is now 7. I have been a teacher for 13 years and love it immensely, presently teaching at a school in Swansea.
Rachael Ball – Treasurer
I am the treasurer for the PPF. I prepare the annual accounts for the charity and assist in managing the charity’s financial affairs. I am also involved in the fund-raising and events which the charity undertakes to meet its goals. I am a Chartered Certified Accountant working in Swansea covering the South Wales area
I wanted to be involved with the Paul Popham Fund after hearing the stories of Wally and his relentless strength throughout the battle, it seems only right that we continue his fight, to help other patients in Wales live their lives to the fullest.
Cheryl Popham – Advisory
I am Paul Popham’s wife, we were together for 44 years and I therefore understand and know the care he was given during his illnesses. He developed kidney problems when he was 21 and renal failure when he was 34. He was cared for firstly by Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Renal Unit and was later cared for by Morriston Hospital Renal Unit. The care he received from both units was fantastic and so as a charity our aim is to raise money to help renal patients as best we can.
Rebecca Laugharne – Legal Consultant
I am a Trustee and Legal Consultant to the Paul Popham Fund
I became involved with the PPF fund through my friendship with Wally’s (Paul’s) daughters. It soon became apparent that we shared a common passion in wanting to support and improve the quality of life of renal patients as my grandmother was a dialysis patient at Morriston’s Renal Unit for many, many years.
I was involved in the initial formation of the PPF and take a hands on approach to my role, not just from advising on the Legal aspects but also in helping to arrange the large fundraising events such as the Five A side football tournaments and social events.
I am an Associate Solicitor within the Estates & Trusts team at Douglas Jones Mercer solicitors based in Swansea, I specialise in all aspects of Private Client work, including the drafting of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection Applications. I also specialise in the administration of Estates including those of high net worth clients.
I am also passionate about music and sport. As a classically trained singer I regularly sing as a soloist in charitable events. I am also a firm fan of the Ospreys and Swans. I thrive on being involved in charitable work especially the exciting times ahead of the PPF. In the last few years I have trekked the great wall of China for charity and run three Cardiff Half Marathons, the last two years, of course, in support of PPF!
I am a trustee to the charity and attend and compete in all the sporting events and assist on the day when possible.
Paul Popham was my father and my idol, he got on with his life with no complaints always with a smile on his face, the charity is run with his positivity, focus and determination, it’s amazing to be a part of. It feels so good to give back to the people, the units and the wards that helped, looked after and supported him!
I’m a gas engineer currently working for British gas and a recent new father to a baby girl, the first granddaughter in the family.
I am the newest Trustee to join the Paul Popham Fund.
Having first met the Popham Family at a charity football match a few years ago while working for Mike Hedges Assembly Member, I was blown away by their passion and commitment to raising funds for this much needed cause.
My grandmother Lilian Hopkin also suffered from renal failure and was on dialysis for over 5 years so I witnessed first hand the difficulties sometimes experienced by patients and their families and also the fantastic work being undertaken by Morriston Hospital.
My current role is Senior Communication and Development Officer for Mike Hedges AM, within this role I organise all events, arrange press releases speak with constituents, third sector organisations and assist with grant funding.
I am really excited and feel privileged to be joining this charity which is very close to my heart.