About us

Love, Amelia is a Baby Bank which takes donations of new and pre-loved baby items and gifts them to families who need them most.  We provide support to families living in Sunderland and South Tyneside. To understand more about our mission, vision and values, take a look at our Strategic Plan.

Amelia is the inspiration behind our charity which has been set up in her memory.  Amelia was born in Sunderland in January 2018 and tragically passed away minutes after her birth.  Her parents founded Love, Amelia in her honour with the aim of supporting other children in her community.  They want all children to be given the best start in life and to be safe, happy and have the opportunity to thrive.

Meet the team

Steph Archbold
Founder & Charity Manager

Steph lives in Sunderland and is Mam to Amelia and Jack.  Steph founded the charity in memory of Amelia and has now successfully been appointed as Charity Manager to oversee all day to day operations.  She is very passionate about supporting people in Sunderland and has years of experience working as a Social Worker with vulnerable adults and understands the hardship people face in the North East.

Love, Amelia has been set up to help other families in Sunderland who are experiencing hardship for one reason or another.  Losing Amelia was the most devastating experience but to be able to help other families in her name makes our charity very personal and close to our heart.  We want all children to be happy and safe which will help them thrive. Being a Social Worker has helped me to understand the difficulties families can face and the barriers to accessing support.  We want to make everyone accessing our service feel comfortable and receive the support they need.”

Phillip Capewell
Trustee

Phill lives in Sunderland and is a Dad of 2 to Amelia and Jack.  Phill and Steph set up Love, Amelia together and he is the Treasurer on the Board of Trustees.  Phill is very passionate about supporting families across Sunderland in Amelia’s memory.  Phill works at Nissan and helps in the background ensuring Love, Amelia operates smoothly.

“Losing Amelia was an extremely difficult time for us but it is a comfort to be able to support other families in her name.  I am passionate about making the organisation run successfully and providing a quality service for people who needs it the most.

Jen Elliott
Trustee

Jen is a Mam of 2 children, Alice and Reuben and has lived across Sunderland and South Tyneside all of her life.  She is passionate about the city and the people within it and has 10 years experience working as a Social Worker with both children and adults of lots of different backgrounds and experiences. Jen understands the difficulties people within the North East face day to day and the strain services are under to support those who need it most.

“I am thrilled to be part of the Love, Amelia team.  I became involved in Love, Amelia as I believe in what we have set out to achieve and I want to see babies and children in our area have the best opportunity to meet their full potential and thrive. Love, Amelia is about reaching out and providing support to families who may feel stigmatised or judged. I understand it takes a lot of courage to reach out and seek support and I hope we, as a charity, can reassure people that they will never be judged for their situation and support will be readily available to anyone who needs it.”

Craig Bankhead
Trustee

Craig lives in Sunderland and is a Father of two.  He has extensive knowledge and experience of working within the voluntary sector and we are excited to welcome him to our Board of Trustees

Zoe Hull
Trustee

Zoe is an honorary mackem, originally from Surrey she has lived in the North East for 15 years. She loves living in Sunderland and has two children with her husband. Zoe is a fundraising professional with many years’ experience in the charity sector. We are excited to welcome her to our team.

“I followed the creation and development of Love, Amelia with interest as the story of Amelia’s life and her parents amazing response in the face of such heartbreak really spoke to me. I am delighted to be accepted to join the board of trustees.”

Gillian Pickles
Volunteer

Gillian lives in South Tyneside and is a Mother of 3 and Nana of 4.  Since the charity was established, Gillian has volunteered her time sorting and organising all donations, ensuring they are checked and packed ready for their new homes.  Gillian is passionate about helping other families who are experiencing hardship and takes pride in ensuring all items given are the best they can be.  

“I know first hand what it is like to have young children and struggle to provide the items they need.  I personally struggled financially but was fortunate enough to have a good family network to support me; I know not everyone is as fortunate and I want to do all I can to help.  I dedicate my time to volunteering for Love, Amelia and I am delighted and proud to be a part of the team”

Sharon Hodgson
Patron

Patron – Sharon Hodgson, Washington and Sunderland West MP

“I’m delighted to be a patron of Love, Amelia who support families in need across Sunderland. Unfortunately, too many families need this kind of support from charities, but I am pleased that Steph and Phill have been able to create something positive following the tragic loss of their daughter, Amelia. I know that Love, Amelia will make a real difference to families across Sunderland.”

Bridget Phillipson
Patron

Patron – Bridget Phillipson, Houghton and Sunderland South MP

“I am proud to support the work of Love, Amelia – a great local charity who make sure families in need across Sunderland and South Tyneside have access to baby items and gifts.

The generosity of local people in donating these gifts, together with the dedication and hard work of staff at Love, Amelia is a testament to how caring our community is.”

Julie Elliott Patron

Patron – Julie Elliot, Sunderland Central MP

“I am very proud to be a patron of this local charity and support the wonderful work they do. Love, Amelia Baby Bank has done a great amount of good in Sunderland, supporting some of our most vulnerable families. I know they have plans to expand their work to help even more families in the future and wish them every success.”