Meet the Team

Chelsea Coulson-Williams

Founder, Trustee and Admin

Chelsea hails from North Wales but has now happily settled in Mid Wales as a secondary school maths teacher.  After receiving a sewing machine as a Christmas present in 2014 she unexpectedly unleashed her creative side through sewing and became involved in the online sewing community through blogging and facebook groups. Chelsea met Amanda in a Facebook fabric group and they teamed up to get Pyjama Fairies up and running and the rest is history!

I wanted a way to document every item that I created which blogging allowed me to do. I also wanted to engage with the online sewing community, they are such a friendly bunch of people.  This is how I met Amanda. She posted on a fabric group on Facebook and explained that she was making pyjamas for her child having heart surgery. I decided that I’d love to get involved to help spread this special gift for more poorly children!

 

 

Amanda Chadwick

Amanda Chadwick

Founder and Trustee

Amanda lives in Manchester with her 3 beautiful daughters. She taught herself to sew when she was pregnant with her third child.  In May 2014 her third little girl arrived in perfect health but 2 days later was rushed back to hospital and it was discovered she was in heart failure.

What followed was a blur of tests, diagnoses, complicated medical jargon, operations, doctors, nurses and hospital admissions. Throughout her time in hospital I realised that she spent most of her time naked and she would scream in discomfort when I had to undress her for the staff to give their care. Since I couldn’t find anything suitable for her to wear either in the UK or further afield, I decided to create some comfortable specially designed pyjamas for her to wear. These special pyjamas meant she could stay dressed, warm, safe and virtually pain free while the medical team looked after her.

Kayleigh Whitton

Trustee and Head Admin

Kayleigh got involved with PF when it first started in May 2015 as her eldest daughter was born with fluid on her lungs, on a ventilator and very poorly in ITU and then SCBU for over a month. Due to this her daughter was always kept naked as she had a drain in her chest, lines into her belly button and long line in her heart along with feeding tubes, and monitoring equipment.

Once I found out about PF I wanted to do something to help children who were like her, as I knew how much of a difference they’d make! Not long after, the lovely founders invited me to become Admin and help run the charity and I’ve never looked back! Fairyland is now a part of my life everyday, from when I wake up until I go to bed, I even dream about it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Hannah Louise

Admin

Victoria Thompson

Head Facebook Page Moderator and Emergency Stock Fairy

I am mam to a daughter and two sons who are now nearly all adults and need mam in other ways than they used to.  Being disabled means I spend a lot of time indoors now but I was in the RAF when I was younger and have worked in quite a few jobs since leaving service. My days are now made up of running around after one or the other of the children and sorting all the things I’d  like to do in a day and don’t seem to get chance to. I joined PF 3 years ago after a random post appeared in a quilting group on Facebook. I was a self-taught sewist with a fabric hoard that i wanted to try to use.

I quickly was able to begin to help the team and its now my life.  love sending out emergency orders and hospital boxes as I like to think of all the children we are helping to, hopefully, have an easier time in hospital

Erin Sutcliffe

Assistant Facebook Page Moderator

Becky Howells

Assistant Facebook Page Moderator

Becky lives in Michigan, USA and joined PF when living in Hampshire in 2016 after seeing a post on a sewing Facebook group.

I’ve always enjoyed crafts and started sewing in 2015 after my boyfriend (now husband) bought me a sewing machine, but there was only so much I could make for myself so I looked for another outlet and found Pyjama Fairies! Since moving to America I can’t make as many garments so I like to help out with the online side of things

Rachel Parlor

Fairy Co-Ordinator and Head Supplies Fairy

Hi! I’m Rachel, I’m 39 and married to Stuart. We have 3 beautiful girls, Rebekah, 15, Chloe, 13 and Lucie, 11. We live in Wolverhampton where I work at a local primary school ad a diabetic care assistant and also support a child with autism. Alongside my full time job I volunteer for the wonderful Pyjama Fairies, which I have done for the last 3 years. I’ve been involved in many ways starting out as a sewing fairy and then becoming a buddy which meant I got to help other fairies start their fairy journey. These days I’m a page moderator and I’m also the fabric, label, postcard and garment bag fairy, which I love.

I love being to help children sparkle at a time they need to most and love being part of the fairy family!

Rebecca Clish

Fairy Co-Ordinator

Hi Im Beccy, I live in Walsall with my husband and two boys. I’m self taught at sewing and after the birth of my second boy I decided to start my own sewing business having never sewn or touched a machine before. I then came across the charity and soon achieved my wings.

This charity is just amazing and it’s extremely rewarding to volunteer and see poorly children across the country sparkle in their pjs and gowns.

Amie Milligan

Social Media Co-Ordinator

Gail Reid

Assistant Supplies Fairy

Hi, I am Gail, 39 and I am from Dundee, Scotland. I am married to Martin and we have two boys, Conan 11 and Keir 5. I am a Principal Teacher of Home Economics at a local secondary school. I joined Pyjama Fairies in December 2016 after watching a very inspirational article on BBC news. I love sewing but sewing for this charity is by far my favourite!

Sewing for such a wonderful charity, knowing that the garments have such a positive impact upon the children is exceptionally rewarding.

Susie Creal

Quality Control Fairy

Hi my name is Susie, I am 71 years young and have been happily married for nearly 48 years and I have 2 married children. I attended a teacher training college in Bath, in the late 1960s, studying Home Economics Dress & Design. Teaching firstly in a Secondary school and then for over 30 years in the same Primary school. I finally retired from teaching in July 2018, after many happy years.

I first became aware of Pyjama Fairies on 29 December 2016, watching the BBC Breakfast programme. By the end of that day I had joined the group and within a couple of weeks I was a fully-fledged fairy. But had to redo my new-born gown, as there were faults! I was now Fairy Dotty, sewing on a daily basis, giving talks, fund raising and raising awareness of this amazing charity. But most of all I was helping to make children sparkle. In my new role, as Fairy Wing, I will be assessing garments and awarding wings to new fairies. I will of course continue to sew!

Jenny Cripps

Hospital Co-Ordinator

Jenny lives in Cardiff and started volunteering with Pyjama Fairies after seeing an advert on Facebook. Having sewn for herself and children over the years she had recently retired and was looking for something to fill her time. Outside of sewing she is an archery coach and a Group Scout Leader.

I love sewing for this charity, knowing it makes such a difference for children going into hospital which can be a very scary time for them. Our colourful pyjamas and gowns really cheer them up and make them feel special.

Sue McIlroy

Head Hospital Order Fairy

I spent all my adult life living in Essex where I taught Textiles, Child Development & Food Technology enabling me to hone my skills
whilst encouraging young people to do the same. Since retiring 11 years ago and moving to Suffolk 7 years later I have been an active
member of a craft group where I have still been able to encourage people to develop their creative skills.

Having moved to a new area I was keen to find new activities. I became a volunteer in my local hospital and then saw the article
about Pyjama Fairies on BBC Breakfast. My sewing machine had been mothballed since retiring and felt it was something I could enjoy
being involved in. Once I started I felt I had been given a new lease of life. I love the ethos of the charity and am more than happy to
promote it to hospitals, health centres and children’s services whenever possible.

Jane Miller

Assistant Hospital Order Fairy

Jane lives South Manchester and is a retired administrator. She was a dressmaker for many years while her son was at school. He spent a lot of time in hospital as a child and Jane knows what parents and children are going through. The chance to get involved in the charity came up in 2017 when she went to a PJ Fairy sewing session with Rachel and her family.

I’m delighted to be a part of this wonderful charity, it’s a great way to use my spare time and skills to help others.

Dorothy Smith

Assistant Hospital Order Fairy

I live in the Isle of Axholme and am a retired Geography teacher. When my two children were small, I made all their clothes – then I went back to work. In the last six years, three grandchildren have arrived.  I treated myself to a new sewing machine and rediscovered my love of sewing.  However, there are only so many clothes that they can wear.

When I saw the Pyjama Fairies featured on BBC Breakfast  in December 2016, I knew this was something I could do and would enjoy. I joined immediately and then spent two weeks studying the ‘Rules’ to make sure that I could meet the standards and make the garments correctly.  I discovered that I had already recently learnt some ‘modern’ techniques which I would need like using KAM snaps, and had bought an overlocker  [not essential for Fairies but I like to use it]. So it seemed that I was meant to find the Pyjama Fairies!

I am so pleased to be a part of this lovely group and to be able to sew nearly every day knowing that each garment will help to make a child’s hospital experience just that little bit less daunting.

Alison Ashcroft

Parent Order Co-Ordinator

After both daughters headed to University and bored with sewing for herself, Alison saw a news story about PF and asked to become involved.

I was very fortunate in that both of my girls were healthy children so being able to help others in the small way of sewing seemed natural and I got involved

Sarah Goddard

Parent Order Co-Ordinator

Hi, I’m Sarah, and I live in Kent with my husband, two children and two crazy black cats! I joined the Pyjama Fairies back in early 2016, after seeing a post about the charity in a Facebook group. I took my time to gain my full set of wings, but once I became a fully fledged fairy I took on the role of Buddy, helping new recruits find their way! I’m now a Parent Order Co-ordinator, helping keep track of the orders going out to the children who need them. As well as volunteering with the charity, I also help out at the infant school my children attended, helping children to read, plus run my own sewing business from home – I like to be busy!

Emma Hardy

News Content Manager

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