Karen Jones MBE

Chairperson

I have lived in the Neston area all my life and am married to Brian with one daughter, Rebecca. I am CEO of Davies & Jones an IT Services company who deliver training services to large global organisations. Travel is a large part of my working life and I can be found regularly in the US or Europe and have travelled many times to South America and to Asia. Even after many years travelling for business I still have a strong desire to travel and visit new places on holiday including Africa, Europe and the US.

I am a founder member of Northern Lights, formerly the Christopher Johnson fund, and am very proud to be its Chair person. Fundraising is never easy, but together with a great committee of volunteers we continue to raise funds to allow children with life-limiting illnesses to enjoy the experience of Christmas in Lapland. To be involved in providing holidays for children who have to endure such unpleasant, but essential treatments for their illnesses, is an honour and I will continue to work to ensure more children can take advantage of this wonderful experience.

Very proud to have been mentioned in the 2018 New Year Honours List being the recipient of an MBE for working with children with life limiting illnesses in the North West and North Wales.

Alan Johnson MBE

Secretery

Hello everyone, my name is Alan Johnson and I am a founder member of the charity, which was formed in 1987. I am also father to Christopher after whom the charity was originally named. My present role within Northern Lights is as Secretary and I also oversee the arrangements for the annual trip to Lapland. Meeting with the parents of the children who have been selected to go to Lapland is a key point in arranging the trip for me. Telling them all about the trip, answering many questions and of course, being introduced to the children who will be our responsibility for the duration of the trip. I believe that what we do has a tremendous positive effect on the children and helps them in their fight.

I have lived in Neston all my life and have two daughters both of whom are now involved with the charity. I served my time as an electrician at Shell Stanlow before moving to Shell Research Thornton where I stayed until 1999. I then spent 12 years working as an electrician at a Decommissioning Site the last 5 years being spent within a Project Controls environment. I have now been retired since November 2012.

I enjoy caravanning, walking, eating out, theatre, steam trains and I support Tranmere Rovers, (well someone has to)

Wendy Reilly

Treasurer

On the 22nd April 1982 I met a little boy, he was just a few hours old and who was to know that his being would encourage so many people to raise money to give seriously ill children a little fun for just a short time.In 1987 I became one of the founder members of Northern Lights formerly known as The Christopher Johnson Fund; a Neston based Children Charity where I have lived most of my life. After a brief move to the Republic of Ireland, I returned to live in Neston and once again, in 2004 became a committee member and later that year the charities Treasurer.

My interests are travelling, I am a keen walker and enjoy camping, in a caravan not a tent, I prefer my home comforts, but visiting isolated areas in the UK is a passion. My only daughter Vicki is also now involved with the Charity and now she is married the next generation is hopefully being trained up to carry on the fundraising work.I have seen the amazing results these holidays of a lifetime give to the children and I am proud to say that I have been involved for as long as I have. To see it move with the times into the age of technology that is upon us these days is fantastic, long may it continue.

Brian Jones

Committee Member

As one of the founder members of the charity, I have been proud to serve on its committee for over 25 years. I am married to Karen, have one daughter, Rebecca, and have lived in Neston all my life. I worked within the motor trade for over 30 years before starting up my own gardening business in 2001.

I am a church elder at Parkgate and Neston United Reformed Church where I have been an active member all my life.

I enjoy watching sport, which includes Rugby, Golf and Cycling and am a social member of Neston Cricket Club. A keen cyclist, I ride with Birkenhead North End and often take my bike away on holidays, especially to Menorca, where I ride in several competitions. I enjoy travelling and have visited many parts of the World and have accompanied the children to Lapland on many occasions and hope to continue for many more trips to come.

Rosemary Cornah

Committee Member

Retired I have lived in Neston all my life. I have been married for 40 years and have four children and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 2yrs to 18. I have been involved with the charity Northern Lights for over 15 years and I also volunteer at Claire House. I also have a lot of involvement with Neston Parish Church and I am a member of the Mothers Union.

Vicki Chapman

Committee Member

I have lived in Neston most of my life, in 2011 I married James and 2014 saw the birth of our son, Oliver. I work at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, where I have worked since 2006 after 3 years of training that was based at Clatterbridgewith the University of Liverpool and I have now specialised as a pre-treatment radiographer.

I have been involved in Northern Lights since a very young age, since it was The Christopher Johnson Fund, as both my parents were founder members, initially then as a supporter attending many of the events that were held. I started to become more involved in the organisation of events and in the Lapland trips in 2002 when I became 18. I went on my first trip to Lapland in 2005 and had such an amazing experience. Having seen some of the children we have taken to Lapland through their Radiotherapy, to see them smiling and enjoying themselves truly makes everything we do worthwhile. The trip gives the children chance to forget all about hospitals and treatment, even if for a short time, and allows them to enjoy being children!!

Carolyn Johnson

Committee Member

I have lived on the Wirral for most of my life, with a brief 3-year break in Nottingham when I went to University.

Christopher, who was the reason Northern Lights (originally Christopher Johnson Fund) was created, was my Brother – so my connections and heart felt love for this charity are clear.

I have always been involved with the charity but only recently become a committee member. I have attended Lapland on many occasions now and have seen the wonders that Northern Lights delivers at first hand for local children with life limiting illnesses.

Helen Johnson

Committee Member

Hi everyone, I’m Helen, Alan’s daughter and Carolyn’s sister. I have lived in Neston my whole life and I work over in Liverpool at John Lennon airport, and part time in a local pub. I have been involved with this wonderful charity since as long as I can remember, and I’m now, since 2015, a committee member. I have been a helper on the Lapland trips for 9 years now and hopefully for many more.

Rebecca Jones

Committee Member

Hi everyone, my name is Becca Jones, daughter of Karen and Brian who are both founding members of this charity. I have been aware of the work this charity does for all my life, visiting Lapland for the first time when I was 8 years old on a family holiday at the same time as the charity. This meant I got to meet the children who benefit from these holidays, when I was still a child myself. From the age of 15 I have been assisting on the Lapland trips and once I turned 18 I could travel as an adult with the responsibility of two children during the trips.

I have lived in Neston all my life and I have recently completed my Masters in Psychology at the University Of Chester. I am eager to continue to work with children within the charity and in my professional life as I work towards a career in mental health.

James Chapman

Committee Member

Hi I’m James, I am originally from Liverpool and came involved in this charity when I met my wife Vicki, whose parents were founding members. I have had the pleasure of being part of the Lapland trips on a number of occasions and thoroughly enjoy seeing the faces of the children when they arrive in Lapland.
I work as a bus driver on the Wirral and love being a spectator of sport, especially football and I am a lifelong supporter of Liverpool FC. In 2014 I became a dad for the first time, which I love and enjoy spending time with our son, Oliver. I have recently become a committee member and I look forward to being involved in the charity and being able to offer more children holidays of a lifetime.

Annette Jones

Committee Member

I was born and raised in Heswall leaving for University life in 1980 for the Midlands and settled there with a career in teaching and education management. I am married to Tim Jones and have two daughters and a grandaughter. After 29 years in education I left to set up my own business in handcrafted bridal accessories called Tilly-Minx Vintage.

When we relocated to Cheshire in 2016 I joined the Northern Lights Carnival Committee and became quickly involved in the charity. In January 2018 Tim and I joined the main committee. I’ve found my interest in marketing and design to be very useful in contributing to the charity’s work and development. I’m looking forward to learning more, contributing as much as I can and hopefully joining the trips to Lapland. I love to make a difference to people and joining the committee gives me the perfect opportunity to continue to do so.

Tim Jones

Committee Member

I was born in Barnsley but have spent most of my life in the Midlands. I have enjoyed a long career in teaching ending it as a Vice Principal at Holyhead Academy, Birmingham. For my sins I am an Aston Villa supporter and enjoy most sports including football, Grand Prix and American Football. I am a serious petrol head and since retiring from teaching I have been able to drive a complete range of classic cars working with Scottish TV on the Antiques and Celebrity Antiques Roadshow.

I’ve relocated to Cheshire with my wife Annette and I’m feeling very at home in the area. I have been aware of the Northern Lights Children’s Charity for many years but only got involved in 2017 when I volunteered at the Carnival. I was delighted to be invited to join the committee in January 2018 and look forward to contributing in whatever way I can to assist in its continued development.

Hayley Foster

Committee Member

Hi I’m Hayley Foster. Up until eights years ago I lived in Neston before moving to nearby Gayton. I am married to Dave and have two daughters, Gem and Jessica. I have been involved with the charity for a number of years through my rainbow unit in Parkgate which I run with Vicky who is also on the committee. For the last 12 months my Rotakids at Woodfall Primary School where I have worked for over 23years have been fundraising for the charity. I was lucky to be asked to support the 2017 trip to Euro Disney which was remarkable to see first hand the joy the children got from making wonderful memories. I feel honoured to be part of such a wonderful, caring committee of people.