Our founders

Victoria Bacon – Co-founder and Trustee

Victoria is the Co-founder of ELoH and the charity’s Chair of Trustees.

Her skills are in writing and research. She has recently edited and had published her Grandfather, Alastair Panton’s World War Two memoir, Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer. She previously worked in the Political Office at 10 Downing Street, and as a producer for the BBC News and the ‘Breakfast with Frost’ current affairs programme.

Victoria works three days per week for ELoH, taking a lead on school fundraising and corporate fundraising.

Victoria ran the London Marathon for ELoH twice, with Sarah in 2014 and on her own in 2016. In 2015, Victoria and Sarah received the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award for outstanding voluntary service.

Sarah Hope – Co-founder and Trustee

Sarah is the Co-founder of ELoH and a Trustee of the charity.

She is particularly passionate about supporter engagement and making sure that all our volunteers are kept up-to-date with ELoH’s current activities and projects.

Sarah has done a lot of campaigning for amputees and victims of road victims. In 2016, she got the Chancellor to announce a 1.5 million budget item on children’s running limbs, and the same year the Mayor of London launched the Sarah Hope Line, a  helpline for victims of accidents in London’s transport network.

Sarah also became the Limbless Association’s Fundraiser of the Year in 2009. In 2016 she won the Hertfordshire Advertiser’s Parent in a Million award.

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Our Trustees

Christopher Hope – Trustee

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Christopher advises on the charity’s media strategy.

Christopher is Assistant Editor and Chief Political Correspondent at The Daily Telegraph. He also served as the 2013 Chairman of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and co-authored a book called Conundrum: Why every government gets things wrong and what we can do about it in 2013.

His articles (here, here and here) about the bus accident, published in 2009 over several months, raised awareness of Sarah’s fundraising, prompting thousands of readers to sponsor her.

Kevin Craig – Trustee

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Kevin also advises on the charity’s media strategy.

Kevin is Managing Director of PLMR, Political Lobbying and Media Relations, a communications consultancy advising diverse clients from major UK companies to small charitable organisations. He is a local councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Kevin is passionate about supporting the local community and charitable giving, donating 5% of PLMR’s annual profits to charity.






Bronwen Hinton – Trustee

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Bronwen assists with the planning and logistics of fundraising events hosted by ELoH.

Bronwen has wide-ranging experience in fundraising and event management and has previously worked for well-respected companies in the catering and party planning sector, organising diverse events from film premiers to fashion week parties. She has also worked for Breast Cancer Haven, where was responsible for running fundraising events.

Jennie Evans – Trustee and Treasurer

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Jennie is ELoH’s treasurer.

Jennie works as a management accountant for BT Retail and was keen to offer her accounting and business skills to the charity when she learnt of the fantastic work they were doing.

Jennie initially joined as treasurer and was invited to be a trustee in 2012.





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Sean is a RAF veteran having served 11 years with the RAF Regiment. He joined the ELoH team as Ambassador in September 2016.

At the age of 28, Sean was injured in a motor cycle crash and broke his neck and leading to his four limbs being partially or totally paralysed. Yet, when many people would have given up hope Sean refused to be held back by his accident. In addition to his work for RAF, he is a civilian instructor at his local Air Training Corps squadron and mentor for the Flying Scholarships for Disabled People, he is undertaking higher education and has learnt to fly.

Sean has also started an impressive fundraiser called the Push 500 Wheelchair Challenge. Since 2012, he has pushed himself over more than 1800 miles to raise awareness and money for a number of charities.

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Duncan is a former Sergeant in the RAF who now works as a motivational speaker.

Duncan is a double amputee, having lost both his legs below the knee to an explosion whilst serving in Afghanistan in 2009. In 2013 he joined a party of young, disabled service veterans on an epic trip to the South Pole, led by HRH Prince Harry. He is the first Double Amputee to reach the South Pole and has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Duncan was appointed as ELoH’s first Ambassador in early 2014. He is determined to live life to the full and, like Pollyanna, is living proof that prosthetics are life-giving for amputees.

Philippa Wilkinson and Charl Pienaar

Charl and Philippa are a married couple and both amputees. They joined the ELoH team in October 2016.

Charl lost both legs and sustained severe injuries to his arms while serving the army in Afghanistan. Almost 6 years on, he continues to undergo intensive rehabilitation and is making good progress on his prosthetic legs. Being South African, Charl loves rugby and the outdoors. He also enjoys horse riding and basketball.

Philippa lost her left leg below the knee in a road traffic accident in London. She met Pollyanna and the Hope family that same year. Philippa enjoys skiing, running, cooking and gardening.

Charl and Philippa say they are honoured to be a part of ELoH which “punches well above its weight”.


Our Patrons

Joanna Lumley

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Joanna is a successful actress, voice-over artist and author, who is particularly well known for her role of Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous.

She has starred in several film, including The Wolf of Wall Street, and received the Special Recognition Award at The National Television Awards 2013.

She is a vocal advocate for a number of charities and has spoken out as a human right’s activist for Survival International.

Roland Rudd

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Roland is the Founder and Chairman of Finsbury, recently named Best Global Financial Consultancy. Roland is also Chairman of Business for New Europe; Founding Chairman of Legacy10, and leads the campaign for corporate partnerships on dementia for the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health.

He is also actively involved with many good causes, including the Great Ormond Street Hospital and the NSPCC.

Before founding Finsbury, Roland was a financial journalist and he is a former policy coordinator for Lord Owen. At Oxford University he read philosophy and theology, as well serving as President of the Union.

Brigadier Hugh Monro CBE

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Brigadier Hugh Monro CBE took up the role of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland in June 2009 and retired in June 2013.

He served in the British Army for 36 years, serving in Northern Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands. Serving in the Ministry of Defence, he led the policy change to ban the British Army’s use of anti-personnel landmines.

He was appointed MBE in 1988 and CBE in 2003.

Ian Whybrow

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Ian is one of the country’s favourite children’s authors and his work is published and read all over the world. He has written well over a hundred books for children including the famous series about Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.

He’s also Patron of The Shrewsbury Children’s Book Festival and of Megan Baker House, a charity providing free Conductive Education Services for children, teenagers and adults with special educational needs and physical disabilities.

In May 2014 he published Rory’s Piratical Leg, a book about a girl amputee inspired by Pollyanna Hope.

Simon Eccles

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Simon is a cranio-plastic surgeon, based at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

He is also a Trustee of Facing The World, a charity that provides life changing facial reconstructive surgery in the UK for children with severe facial disfigurements who cannot be treated in their home countries.

Simon has acted as Pollyanna Hope’s surgeon since 2007.

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Richard has been the Member of Parliament for South Norfolk since 2001; he is a long-standing member of the Public Accounts Committee, and is also keenly interested in housing issues.

In 2006, Richard married Victoria – they now have two boys, Rollo and Ranulph. It was when Rollo was only two days old that Elizabeth died and Pollyanna lost her leg, on their way to visit him in hospital, with Victoria.

Richard is passionate about ELoH’s work and visited our beneficiaries in Tanzania in 2011 with Victoria, shortly after ELoH was created. Together, they made this film for the BBC, which includes some very moving footage of the children we supported in Tanzania.

Professor Timothy Briggs

Professor Briggs qualified from The Royal London Hospital in 1982 with honors in surgery and a number of prizes.  After his senior registrar training he was appointed to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as Consultant in 1992.  His specialist interests are in orthopaedic oncology as well as surgery to the hip and knee.  He was Medical Director at the RNOH for 15 years, ensuring a re-build and was President of the British Orthopaedic Association in 2014.

He was appointed as National Director for Clinical Quality and Efficiency for the NHS in September 2015 and has been asked to lead and roll out his GIRFT methodology, developed in orthopaedics, across all surgical and medical specialties within the provider network. Professor Briggs was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List for services to the surgical profession.




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