The contributors to the Compassion UK and Ireland Blog.

Becca StanleyBecca Stanley (65)

I first encountered Compassion’s work after returning from a visit to India when I was 18. Ever since I have been blown away by the impact sponsorship has on every area of a child's life. I have a passion for telling the stories of Compassion-assisted children, and I sponsor six year old Muskan from Kolkata.

Bekah LeggBekah Legg (17)

I am Media and PR manager at Compassion UK. I believe that God’s intention is to see his people live free from abuse, slavery and the confines of poverty. As a follower of Jesus I feel compelled to use my voice to share the freedom that I have been given; to raise my voice to speak for those who are not heard.
As well as working for Compassion UK, I am the editor of Liberti magazine and kept on my toes at home by five fabulous girls and a husband who sings ‘The sun will come out tomorrow’ when he thinks I look like I’m at the end of my tether. This rarely helps. @libertimagazine

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Post written by various members of the Compassion UK and Ireland Web Team.

Darren AllwrightDarren Allwright (5)

My life has become so much more colourful and meaningful since I started supporting children through Compassion. Writing to our children and showering love and encouragement upon them takes the focus off myself and onto others. Yes, sponsoring children is about giving but I don’t think I quite realised how much I would be receiving. My wife and I run a creative blog expressing our dreams, thoughts and passions through many art forms - @darrenallwright

Elke DunaiskiElke Dunaiski (2)

I live and work in Stellenbosch, a town in that's about as close as you can get to the bottom end of Africa. I love the fact that I'm on the same continent as my sponsored girls and maybe one day I'll take a really, really long road trip to visit them. I had the privilege of working for Compassion UK for three amazing, challenging years, until one day God told me it was time to move back to South Africa. And now I'm hoping that maybe, through writing about my experiences of putting all I learned through Compassion into living, loving and working in my country, I'll in some way help to paint a picture of God's blazing love for His children around the world. @brightest_owl

Ella DickinsonElla Dickinson (4)

I love using words and images to tell stories, especially when the stories bring about transformation or change! I’ve spent the last 5 years living in London and the last year and a half working as a freelance photographer. My family have been sponsoring children through Compassion for as long as I can remember and I have enjoyed building a friendship with Saphira, a girl from Haiti over the last few years. My other loves are my family, my twin sister, my local church, speaking African languages and playing tennis!

Emily LaramyEmily Laramy (7)

I’m Emily and I work in the Tours and Visits team at Compassion. I’m passionate about speaking up for those living in poverty, especially advocating for the rights of women and children across the globe.

Emma HayEmma Hay (40)

I'm passionate about seeing people's lives changed through meeting Jesus. As well as working for Compassion UK, I'm a worship leader and youth worker. I'm also mad about cricket and popcorn! You can find me on twitter @emmabeanies and @compassionuk

Ginny SharmanGinny Sharman (1)

I'm married to Barry and we have two grown-up sons. I work for Compassion in the UK office. I am privileged to have been part of Compassion for 11 years and coming here in 2001 was at the very beginning of my journey with Jesus. I am passionate for Jesus, His Church, for children and for Compassion’s global ministry – It Works. I feel so blessed to be able to encourage and support sponsors and their children through my work. I am humbled to be given the possibility of making a difference in the lives of the children my family sponsor. They have certainly made a difference to my life.

Hayley McIlroyHayley McIlroy (1)

Though a native of England, I look after Compassion UK in Northern Ireland where I’ve lived with my hubby Keith since marrying him on 07/07/07! I’ve loved Compassion ever since I became a sponsor at a Keith and Kristyn Getty concert and in February this year, I had the great privilege of meeting our sponsored child in India – little Souvik! Getting involved with Compassion has blessed me in more ways than I expected and has opened my eyes to God’s heart for the poor and how much God talks about it in His Word!

Hilary SwiftHilary Swift (1)

I love nature, music and theatre - this beautiful world and the people in it. I came to work for Compassion 6 years ago and love the challenge that each day brings. As a family, the Swifts sponsor 3 children in Uganda and 4 in Haiti and we correspond with Kevin, an LDP student in Kenya, studying Environmental Management and Conservation.

Ineke ClewerIneke Clewer (2)

I'm Ineke and I work for Compassion UK. I love God and like good weather, bad jokes, cheesy music, piles of chocolate and time spent with friends. I also love seeing the work that Compassion does! I've met people who've actually been released from poverty in Jesus' name, and the fact that we all have a chance to do that for someone else is just massively exciting! Compassion changed my life because it taught me perspective. @InekeClewer

J.JohnJ.John (4)

J.John lives in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire. He is married to Killy and they have three sons, Michael, Simeon and Benjamin. J.John is a speaker with an appeal that transcends gender, age, race, culture and occupation. To date, he has completed thousands of speaking engagements in 69 countries on 6 continents. J.John has sponsored children through Compassion for many years and you can follow him on Twitter: @Canonjjohn

Jamie GlencrossJamie Glencross (1)

I’m Jamie and I work in the Supporter Engagement Team for Compassion UK. I’m a man who loves to laugh, share memorable moments with others, watch and partake in a number of sporting activities and relax when enjoying God’s beautiful creation all around me. It is great to be part of an organisation that makes such a profound impact in the lives of children all over the world and playing my part in the work they do. My other passion is my sports ministry charity in which I want to impact children’s lives through sport while sharing the love of God.

Josh WhiteJosh White (1)

I work for Compassion UK and have climbed Mt Kilimanjaro to raise money for the Leadership Development Program.
My heart is for Young People, my aim is give them the ability to hear God’s truth for their lives and give them the opportunity to respond to his call.
At my church, I serve on the Youth Team & Worship Team, which is a real honour.
Oh, and I love custard... on it’s own...

Justin HumphreysJustin Humphreys (1)

Justin Humphreys is the Head of Safeguarding & Development at CCPAS and has been a long-time supporter and Advocate for the ministry of Compassion. He and his family sponsor a number of children and believe in the power of the child sponsorship ministry to provide for children and protect them from the effects of abuse and poverty.
CCPAS is the first and only independent Christian safeguarding charity in the UK. Established in 1977, it exists to educate, equip and empower the wider church in their responsibilities to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. For more information, visit:

Keith Riley-WhittinghamKeith Riley-Whittingham (11)

I am 28 years old and currently live in Preston, Lancashire with Adele my wife and our three year-old Goldfish Turk. Through Compassion I Sponsor Emanuel, He is 12 years old and lives in Fortaleza, Brazil. In July 2011 I went to meet him and I was really impacted by the work of Compassion and the obvious difference it has made to Emanuel, his family and the community where he lives. @keithrileywhitt

Kylie ScottKylie Scott (2)

Born and raised in Zimbabwe, I am passionate about sunshine, sustainable development and seeing God’s love bring hope to the hopeless. I work at Compassion UK and sponsor little Deborah in Rwanda. My husband is a peace-builder and one day we’ll return to Africa, but for now it is enough to know that we are supporting Compassion’s amazing work there!

Luke HamiltonLuke Hamilton (19)

I’m Luke and I work within the Marketing Team here at Compassion UK, with a passion for Jesus I continue to be inspired and encouraged daily by Compassions incredible work and feel honoured to contribute towards it. I use the word awesome way too much, have two God children and I bake without an apron, yeah that’s right.

Nathan BeatonNathan Beaton (1)

I'm the drummer for Written In Kings and since hearing about Compassion back in the summer it has been my ambition to see children released from poverty in Jesus' name. As a band, we now work alongside Compassion as ambassadors for the organisation. My articles will give an insight into what it is to be an artist ambassador in the music world and the struggles of a band trying to make it to the big time. More importantly it will tell of our privilege to help facilitate sponsors for children all around the world in the 26 countries Compassion work in. Together, with the band, we sponsor Bismark from Ghana, he's our fifth and final addition to the band!

Nisha BangaNisha Banga (2)

I’m passionate about Jesus, people and the church. I’m a freedom fighter and advocate for people facing injustice. I’ve been working for Compassion UK for over 7 years, currently in the Corporate & Community Team. I've had the privilege of visiting some of the beautiful countries we work in, facilitating life changing encounters between supporters and their sponsored children and looking after the Leadership Development Programme. I’m always amazed and humbled by some of the incredible testimonies I’ve seen and heard during my time here. @NishaBanga

Paul DymottPaul Dymott (64)

I am a simple man trying to make a simple journey. That journey has brought me to Compassion where I have the privilege of hearing many great stories of what God is doing both around the world and in the UK. My sponsored child, Shivshankar, lives in India and it is an honour to be able to build a relationship with him.

Roz WalshRoz Walsh (14)

Constantly fascinated by the world we live in, I am a lover of the random and embracer of the joyful. I have recently started working for Compassion and the more I learn about the genuinely great work Compassion does, the more blown away I become. I sponsor a delightful girl called Asawah and am passionate about bringing the word of God to life in healing the broken hearted and binding their wounds.

Sara MeredithSara Meredith (4)

I’m a crazy mum of four with a heart for God and children. Together with my husband Alan we foster children with special needs. Our faith is important to us as a family and it is vital that we don’t just talk it we live it. Sponsoring a child with Compassion allows us to do that. @Livvyssmile

Sarah TummeySarah Tummey (2)

I came to know Jesus in my late teens. Compassion changed my life because I’ve got no natural children of my own, and I think that would have bothered me more as I got older if I didn’t have sponsored children, so I’m really glad I heard about Compassion. It’s great to write to my children, get to know their families, and be an influence in their lives.

Steve HolmesSteve Holmes (1)

Steve Holmes is a Baptist minister, presently employed to teach theology in St Mary’s College, St Andrews, Scotland. You can read his blog here:

Sue SundstromSue Sundstrom (1)

I adore kids (they are so much fun to be around!) and am passionate about God, families, chocolate and a good latte! I also love adventure sports (when I get to do it...). I work at Compassion and love that I get to be a part of helping children realise their full potential. I have the wonderful privilege of sponsoring Rohobot from Ethiopia.

Supporter Relations TeamSupporter Relations Team (2)

We are the Supporter Relations team at Compassion UK. We are always here to help if you have any questions about your sponsorship and the huge difference it is making to your sponsored child. Whether you wish to know more about anything from letter writing to sending child gifts please feel free to get in touch with us, we love to assist you in any way possible!

Tim DeeTim Dee (2)

Creative, strategic, futuristic in approach: I like to get the conversation started. I’m passionate about Jesus, people, the Church, freedom (along with poetry, the arts, fine wine and Audi). Sponsoring a child through Compassion is just a seemingly small thing I can do that has a huge impact beyond my imagination. I may never meet my sponsored kids but that doesn’t stop me from being their biggest fan. Sponsoring a child means having enough faith to give hope and demonstrate love. Let’s change the story of these young lives. @timdeeuk

Vicky BeechingVicky Beeching (3)

Vicky Beeching is a Research Fellow in Religion and Ethics at Durham University, and a writer and broadcaster on radio and TV. She is passionate about wiping out poverty and has partnered with Compassion for the past decade.

Vikki DavisVikki Davis (2)

I work at Compassion UK and sponsor Bella, from Indonesia. The best part of my job is to hear the many stories of children who have been given hope to escape the poverty they’re born in to. There are so many wonderful stories to tell and I look forward to sharing them with you!