chairperson

abi clarke

our story and how it all began...

In 2015, I miscarried and felt there was no support or advice after an early pregnancy loss available. I am very lucky now to have my two rainbow children after this however I wanted to create a space for women and men where members could receive support, information and advice as well as understand they are not alone going through this traumatic experience. As well as this I would like to provide early pregnancy loss services across Scotland for bereaved parents and start to understand with research the reasons for miscarriage as this is still a very taboo subject which is under researched.
I am one of the staff members at MISS and main role includes providing support for members, raising awareness across Scotland, starting new partnerships and collaborations with businesses and charities as well as encouraging the public to speak out and be open about their experiences.
We have several goals and plans for the future which include: quarterly fundraising events to raise awareness and donations for MISS; have a strong relationship with Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, local medical centres and charities. Also Robert Gordon University for student placements; increase our followers and members on social media and support groups; sell MISS merchandise.

meet the board

MISS follows the OSCR (Scottish Charity Regulator) guidelines for Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) status which is under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. Therefore we have a Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer and Committee Members which meet on a monthly basis to discuss matters arising, chairpersons and treasurers report, fundraising/events and any other business.

At MISS we are delighted to have a team of 20 mix of volunteers and staff which are funded by National Lottery and several other local/national funding streams. We are a big believer in ensuring that our workplace policy covers equality, diversity and inclusion for all of our team members. Our team are fantastic in that they  have a mix of skillsets, knowledge and experience to bring together as well as supporting for the range of services we carry out for our communities. 

treasurer

carol macleod

“I ensure our financial records are accurate and we meet the necessary reporting obligations required of a register charity. Having had my own struggles with infertility I think the charity provides a great service for those seeking support from others who have ensured similar experiences and also somewhere to turn to for advice.”

pa to board

anna murrison

“The reason I am volunteering with MISS is because I would love to be able to give back.  I can see already that MISS helps so many people and it’s lovely to be a part of that.  As PA I want to make a difference by supporting the charity and putting in as much time and effort as I can.  With Covid taking a lot of the headlines for the last year or so it’s also important to remember the other things going on too.”

Secretary

jackie dawson

“I have been helping at MISS since 2020 along with my mum by knitting items including hearts and Christmas baubles for the memory boxes and support packs. I saw an article in newspaper and I wanted to help a very worthwhile local charity.”

meet our staff management

operations manager

victoria goldie

“I was recently the chairperson for a local pre-school so planning to hone in on some of the skills learnt from that experience to this role. I love the purpose and vision of MISS and think it is a fantastic charity. It has been my desire for many years to have the opportunity to work for a cause that can help to improve the lives of others, so this is the perfect role for me.”

Fundraising & Events Manager

Julie Cruickshank

“I am very excited to begin my role of Fundraising and Events Manager with MISS. I have several years in the events industry including a Bachelors Degree in Events Management.
I wanted to put my knowledge, skills and passion for events and fundraising to good use by giving back and helping to create awareness and funds for a cause that affects so many people but can often be overlooked.”

meet our committee members

trustee/mister support coordinator

euan bruce

“I volunteer here with MISS to try and encourage discussion around this still taboo subject that affects so many people and through my role, I want to support, listen and be there for as many people who are struggling with their own miscarriages as I possibly can. I am very keen to utilise my education in counselling to help wherever I can.”

trustee/support coordinator

claire taylor

“I chose to support MISS after seeing the effects a loss has on families. I work within the maternity hospital and I have supported women/partners through their losses and have an insight in how things could be improved.”

trustee

fiona cumming

“I was approached by Abi through my role as Community Champion at Asda Dyce to see if I could help in any way. As I had gone through a miscarriage with my first pregnancy, I was more than willing to help wherever I can.”

want to join our team?

We have various tasks and activities including fundraising/events, marketing, increasing awareness about charity, funding applications which we need help on. If you can spare, even just a couple hours each month please let us know as it would be great to have you on board with our committee.

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