As a charity we aim to provide dignity, comfort and a sense of being valued, by providing a backpack filled with essentials and comforts for children and young people entering emergency foster care via A&E and to expectant mothers arriving at hospital with no belongings.
Read about our history
Since 2018, Caring Kits for Kids have been raising money and creating kits for hospitals in the UK.
Read about our trustees
Our trustees are ultimately responsible in law for the charity, its assets and activities. They are essential in ensuring we stick to our values and mission.
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Mark Houghton MBE
Co Founder and Chair
Mark is the Training Manager for the South Division of Alstom Transport Limited UK, looking after all the training and maintenance of 4 Depots of some 300 staff across the South of England.
Mark served in the British Army for 22 years completing many tours including in Afghanistan. Despite often working in war torn countries, Mark still found time to connect with local communities and perform charity work. Recognising his ability to go above and beyond, he was awarded an MBE for both his service to his country and his overseas charity work.
Mark’s own parents fostered children and he recalls children arriving either with nothing, or their possessions in a bin bag. These memories have driven his passion for the kits.
Dr Gayle Hann BSc(Hons) MBChBFRCPCH
Co Founder and Child Protection Expert
Gayle is a paediatric doctor and the lead for the Children’s Emergency Department at the Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital.
She worked as the Paediatric Lead for the the Emergency Department and Named Doctor for Child Protection at the North Middlesex University Hospital in Tottenham, London 2013-2021. It was here that she first recognised the need for the backpacks for children in hardship and entering emergency foster care in this highly deprived area of London.
She won an NHS70 award for the Best Urgent and Emergency Care Doctor in the region and was recognised in the Evening Standard’s Project 1000 as one of the most influential healthcare workers in London for her work with children affected by knife crime, poverty and abuse.
Rebecca Taylor BSc DipSBP MIEMA CEnv
Rebecca is a sustainability professional working in the rail sector to help deliver social value to local communities. She was recognised as one of the rising stars of the UK rail industry as she provides strategic direction to the company’s corporate social responsibility programme in the UK and Ireland.
She supports several charity partnerships through a corporate foundation, securing funding and engagement for specific projects and has established volunteering and match funding policies to help colleagues support charities they care about.
Rebecca joined forces with Mark to promote Caring Kits for Kids throughout their workplace, helping expand the reach of the packs outside of London.
“I have taken a 13 year old boy to the hospital after a fight at home. The staff gave him a backpack and we played cards together and read the book in the backpack whilst waiting for social care to find him an emergency carer”.
— Police Constable in Enfield