Our Story

Sarah-and-Jim-DinnerBack in 2009 my husband Jim and I lost our first daughter Ella-Jayne to a congenital heart defect. It was an incredibly distressing, life changing time for us and when we finally recovered from the horror of it all we felt an overpowering need to help the people that had given us the short time we’d had with Ella-Jayne.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Southampton hospital is where Ella-Jayne spent almost half of her life, and consequently it became home to us too.  During our time at the hospital Jim and I had the privilege to witness first hand this incredible unit in action.

The compassion, professionalism and skill of the clinicians that worked there was awe-inspiring. What was also astounding was how desperately they depended on fundraising to provide all the equipment and bed spaces they needed.

So in 2014, The Murray Parish Trust was founded to make sure that this essential unit has the best, up-to-date lifesaving equipment it needs, and the space to use it in.

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Jim & I, along with the support and help of our partners, have raised over £300,000 for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Southampton. These vital funds have gone directly towards funding a full time counsellor for parents whose children have been admitted to the unit, a specialist helicopter gurney designed to transport critically ill infants to and from the hospital on-board the children’s air ambulance and the provision of 2 new bed spaces

“There is only one way to numb the pain of losing a child and that is to help other children. To try and make a difference to their lives and help give them the future they deserve.”

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Where the Money We Raise Goes

We are dedicated to raising funds for paediatric facilities not only in Southampton but across all of Hampshire, The Isle of Wight, Dorset, West Sussex, Devon, Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and The Channel Islands.

Our latest challenge is to raise £4 million for a brand new Paediatric Emergency & Trauma Department (A&E) based in Southampton to cover the entire South of England and The Channel Islands. After a very successful #SayYesGeorge campaign, the Chancellor George Osborne agreed in his spring budget to fund-matching our cause. The government have pledged £2 million so it is our mission to raise the additional £2 million and make this new, life-saving department a reality.

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You can read more about the #SayYesGeorge campaign here.


Meet the Team


Sarah Parish

Founder & Trustee

Sarah Parish

Sarah works extensively in the UK Film and Television industry and in her spare time is passionate about her charity work. Along with Jim, they have been patrons of the Friends of PICU charity at Southampton hospital since 2008 and together have raised over £100,000 for them.

Creating the Murray Parish Trust has enabled Jim and Sarah to spread their fundraising and reach a whole range of worthwhile charities.

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James Murray

Founder & Trustee

James Murray

Jim also works extensively in the UK Film and Television industry and is passionate about his charity work. Along with Sarah, they have been patrons of the Friends of PICU charity at Southampton hospital since 2008 and together have raised over £100,000 for them.

They founded the Murray Parish Trust in memory of their late daughter Ella-Jayne who died of congenital heart failure in 2009.

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Tim Boughton

Chair of Trustees

Tim Boughton

Tim began his career with the Army in 1989 as an Infantry Officer, later joining the Fleet Air Arm as a Commando helicopter pilot flying in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He left the military in 2008, joining Barclays Wealth as a Private Banker.
Tim now advises charities, trusts and foundations. He was elevated to Commander of the Order of Saint John in 2014 for his charity work in the UK and knighted in 2014 for his charity and diplomatic work in the Caribbean.

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Peter Taylor

Trustee

Peter Taylor

Peter is Managing Partner of regional law firm, Paris Smith. He has lived in Hampshire for over 30 years and has a wide network of connections and contacts. He feels blessed to be married to Vicki and has two daughters, Kate and Alex.

Peter was deeply touched by Sarah and Jim's story. He feels passionately about why The Murray Parish Trust can make such a difference to children and families across the Wessex region.

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Nick Godfrey

Trustee

Nick Godfrey

Nick, a husband to Henrietta and a father of 3 girls, was brought up in Hampshire where he has again returned. Nick has no direct link to Southampton Hospital, nor has he ever set foot on a stage but is passionately committed to the good works of this Trust.

As a banker, plying his trade in a Brazilian Bank, located in the West End of London, Nick’s principle interest in this venture is to relieve his colleagues of their hard-gotten gains and help build this vision he shares with Sarah and Jim.

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Dr Jason Barling

Trustee

Dr Jason Barling

Jason is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine working in the Children’s Emergency & Trauma Department at University Hospital Southampton. He has led the development of the new department for the past 6 years and is involved in setting national standards for emergency care in children & young people. He will provide the medical input to the 2MillionSteps campaign and is hoping to row from Jersey to Southampton in 2018 to raise money.

Jason is married to Angela and has 3 daughters. His other passions are sailing, skiing & nice coffee!

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Jayne George

Trustee

Jayne George

Jayne George lives in Dorset with her husband Nick, her son and two adopted daughters. She has worked in fundraising for 21 years and is hoping to use her skills and experience to help this wonderful cause make a difference and bring hope to families in their darkest moments.

Jayne’s passion for this cause is evident in that she too has experienced the agony of losing a child. Jayne and Nick’s daughter, Emily Grace died at only a week old in 1996.

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Penelope Kirk

Ambassador

Penelope Kirk

Penelope has worked for over 30 years in education, both in the UK and overseas, and is currently Headmistress at Prince’s Mead School, Winchester.

She was deeply moved and excited by Sarah and Jim’s story and ambition for the Trust and is delighted to have an opportunity to work with a local charity that embraces children who are vulnerable. Her aim is to ensure the message about the Trust is heard loud and clear throughout the county and beyond.

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Jonathon Brown

Ambassador

Jonathon Brown

Jonathon lives in Hampshire with his wife and 2 girls and is passionate about the vision of The Murray Parish Trust. Life is precious and we need to give something back to those that need our help.

Having spent the last 15 years working in retail and marketing, Jonathon’s goal is to help get The Murray Parish Trust's message out to business leaders and like-minded people who want to make a difference.

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Sam Robson

Head of Operations

Sam Robson

Sam worked for 20 years at Sky Sports on a wide variety of major sporting events which took her all over Europe and beyond. Alongside this Sam has been actively involved in many community ventures over the years and brings with her a combination of a wide and varied skill base in organising and implementing fundraising events plus the ability to work well under pressure.

Her aim is to raise awareness of The Murray Parish Trust and help make a difference to the lives of critically ill children in our region.

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Kathryn Griffith

Head of Fundraising

Kathryn Griffith

Kathryn worked for 10 years in parliamentary and governmental affairs, gathering broad experience in practice across Whitehall and Westminster working with the Parliamentary Resources Unit, the Civil Service’s Fast Stream development programme within the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and for the Shadow Minister for Children.

She has since sought to use these skills and experience to support voluntary sector organisations, enabling them to engage better, develop their fundraising and further their message.

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Julie Hindmarch

Community Fundraising Manager

Julie Hindmarch

Julie worked for over 25 years in marketing and market research for companies including Kraft Foods and Bacardi Martini. During this period she helped clients including the RNLI, Macmillan Cancer Support and Fairtrade optimise their communications, formulate their fundraising strategies and develop their services to meet key needs.

She is delighted to be working for a charity which is making such a significant difference to the lives and care of children in the South of England, and to be able to use her skills in a variety of ways to support the Trust's goals.

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Georgie Palmer

Campaign Manager

Georgie Palmer

Georgie is an experienced broadcast journalist most well-known from her time as the weather presenter and entertainment reporter at BBC South. Charity work has always been a key part of her life most recently raising money swimming The English Channel. Other highlights include trekking across Uzbekistan and volunteering in an Ecuadorian orphanage. Fronting the BBC’s regional Children in Need coverage has also a very rewarding experience.

As a mother to two daughters, she is thrilled to be part of the team and to be putting her skill set to such good use.

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Dominique Saks

Social Media Manager

Dominique Saks

Dominique has spent most of her career in the healthcare and childcare industry before starting in Social Media and writing in 2012.
As a mother of five children, she has had many experiences in A&E departments over the years and is wholeheartedly campaigning for our #2MillionSteps appeal.

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