We’re a small, friendly team committed to building a supportive and welcoming community.

We’re a small, friendly team committed to building a supportive and welcoming community.

Our Team
Shonge Holdgate
Executive Manager

Shonge Holdgate

Shonge has been working in the Charity Sector for over 15 years at a strategic level focusing on financial and project management. This has included the development and delivery of inclusive services for children & young people with disabilities. Shonge is inspired by Whoopsadaisy’s commitment to the provision of conductive education and its unique package of support to children with physical disabilities. She completed an MBA which gave her the opportunity to research and explore the relationship between strategic management and stakeholder involvement in charity organisations.

shonge@whoopsadaisy.org
Under 5s services
Zsofia Varga
Lead Conductor

Zsofia Varga

Zsofia believes in the power of a strong and committed team and is proud to be a member of the Whoopsadaisy family. She trained at the Peto Andras Institute of Conductive Education and College for Conductor Training in Budapest. She qualified as a conductor-nursery teacher in 2011.
Zsofia has been working at Whoopsadaisy since August 2015, and has been leading sessions and supporting our holiday club programmes for children aged 1-12 over the years. Zsofia is now looking after the Under 5s services at Whoopsadaisy.
The best part of her job is welcoming and getting to know new families, and helping children achieve their potential in a warm and positive environment. In her free time Zsofia enjoys feeding people her baked goods, reading and travelling.

zsofia@whoopsadaisy.org
5-12s services
Nora Bajaki-Sipos
Lead Conductor & Volunteer coordinator

Nora Bajaki-Sipos

Nora is passionate about creating an accepting and equal environment wherever she goes. She graduated as a Conductor-nursery teacher at the Andras Peto Institute of Conductive Education and College for Conductor Training to become a Conductor in 2011, alongside Zsofia. She also completed a Teacher of Inclusive Education master’s degree at Kodolanyi Janos University in 2015. Nora joined the Whoopsadaisy team in August 2018 and since than she has been working towards creating an inclusive community and has developed the 5-12s services as well as Whoopsadaisy’s volunteer programme. In her free time she loves visiting historical places all across the country with her husband.

nora@whoopsadaisy.org
Caroline - Corporate & Community Fundraiser
Caroline Matanle
Corporate & Community Fundraiser

Caroline Matanle

Caroline is the longest serving in-house staff member at Whoopsadaisy. Her role has gradually changed over the last 10 years and her responsibilities and tasks have evolved with the organisation. Caroline is our Corporate and Community Fundraiser and has become a familiar face across the city through her tireless work to promote Whoopsadaisy and make sure its services can keep running smoothly. When she is not at Whoopsadaisy, Caroline enjoys taking her lovely spaniel for long walks along the seafront and holidaying every year on Paxos.

caroline@whoopsadaisy.org
Helen Peel
Trusts & Grants Fundraiser

Helen Peel

Helen has been a fundraiser for 25 years, and has worked with a wide range of charities. Eleven years ago she became a freelance consultant, specialising in trust fundraising. Helen carried out a 10-day strategic review for Whoopsadaisy in 2009 – and is still working with the team today! Her role focuses on building long-term relationships with the many charitable trusts and grant-makers who support Whoopsadaisy’s work. In her spare time Helen can usually be found watching live music, looking for bargains in charity shops or walking by the sea.

helen.peel@whoopsadaisy.org

Our Trustees

Tim Fenton
Chair of Trustees

Tim Fenton

Tim has practised as a solicitor in the Brighton area for many years and joined Whoopsadaisy as a trustee in 2011 to provide experience of business (he was the senior partner at a local firm at the time) and, when needed, some advice on legal aspects as Whoopsadaisy is a small but very busy organisation. In 2016 Tim became the Chair of Trustees, where his passion and pride for the work Whoopsadaisy does and the difference it makes to the children and their families has only grown!

Helen Palmer
Trustee

Helen Palmer

Helen joined Whoopsadaisy in 2009, she attended a session to see about volunteering once a week and has been with us ever since. She volunteered in sessions with the children once a week, and helps behind the scenes with admin, finance and fundraising, including making hundreds of ‘Whoopsadaisy Bears’ and running the Brighton Marathon in 2014. She became a trustee in 2012.

Michelle Westbury
Trustee

Michelle Westbury

Michelle is proud to be part of the wonderful Whoopsadaisy family, it’s a joyful place full of love. In her day job Michelle is a Chartered Certified Accountant. She has a background of audit, accountancy and advice for the charity and not for profit sector. She is on hand to support Whoopsadaisy in all things financial and can often be found at our coffee mornings, eating cake!

Grant Jennings
Trustee

Grant Jennings

Grant and his company have been providing digital support to Whoopsadaisy since 2016, and after falling in love with the charity he was asked to join the trustee board in November 2018. Since joining the Whoopsadaisy family, Grant has had the opportunity to meet the families and children, and see what an impact our support makes. In his new role Grant provides guidance on marketing the charity as well as anything digital.

During the COVID-19 outbreak we are providing online services and support to families. Please get in touch with any enquiries