Meet the Team



Meet the Team

Ged Hoburn – Founder / Retreat Manager

In sixteen magical years Sara filled my life with so much happiness, love and pride to last a lifetime. I know Sara will always be my ‘angel’ and she will be thrilled and excited by the aims of Sara’s Hope Foundation and with the strength and determination we have found through the inspiration of Sara we know the dream will become a reality.

When the first child walks through the door of the retreat, Sara will be smiling down from the stars.

Get in touch with Ged by emailing:


Julie Hoburn – Founder / Retreat Manager

Sara was my best friend, the bond we share is precious
and will live on eternally.  I am the proudest ´mam´ in the world. You are my inspiration to follow our dream and help other children and teenagers in the way you would.  You are so special and I know in my heart the dream will come true.

Thank you sweetheart for filling my life with love, laughter and joy.

Get in touch with Julie by email:

David Culling- Chairman

I first met Ged and Julie in 2012 when Sheila and I visited the retreat after hearing about the wonderful work they were doing providing precious smiles and memories for families with a child suffering from cancer.  I could see immediately how a break in this beautiful setting would benefit the families, but I was completely sold on Saras Hope after hearing Ged & Julie’s story and feeling the unbelievable passion and love they have for the whole concept. I felt compelled to offer to help this inspirational couple achieve their dream and in the first instance, due to my experience in event management, it took the form of arranging the now annual Saras Sunset Run in Crete.  My involvement in the run evolved into joining the board back in the UK and I now feel honoured to be Chairman of such a wonderful charity. 

Get in touch with David by email:



Alan Gray – Vice Chairman

I believe in the aims of Saras Hope Foundation and have seen at first hand the difference they make to the lives of children living with cancer. Over the past few years my involvement was initially in sourcing auction/raffle prizes and raising awareness of the charity within my corporate clients. I recently decided to become a Director in order to be at the centre of the action. This cause is personally important to me and I am happy to share my network of contacts and corporate partners in order to persuade them to get involved (ie: Thorn Lighting)

Get in touch with Alan by email:

Carol Bennett – Fundraising Manager

Being the first UK employee way back in 2011, I feel both delighted and privileged to be part of Saras Hope Foundation.  Inspired by the tragic story behind the foundation and meeting founders Ged and Julie and their team of hardworking volunteers, I feel very passionate and so proud to be involved in helping them reach their dream of providing young people with cancer and their families, quality time together at the Retreat in memory of their daughter Sara.  Seeing the charity grow has been an amazing experience, it’s success is down to our wonderful supporters and volunteers, here’s to many more years of success.  

Get in touch with Carol by emailing or ringing 0191 223 6789.

Rachael Miley – Director Secretary

I am excited to be part of this inspirational charity. I unfortunately never had the chance to meet Sara, but through the hard work and dedication of her family and friends I know we can make a difference to the lives of children who deserve it.

Get in touch with Rachael by email:

Sheila Culling- Director

I got involved after listening to Ged and Julie’s personal story and witnessing first hand their work and efforts in making each individual family’s visit filled with special memories. I am now able to help with fundraising efforts and events in Crete and also enjoy working with Carol and the team here in the UK office

Get in touch with Sheila by email:

Keith Gibson – Director

I was privileged to know Sara, unfortunately not for long enough. I am also privileged to be friends with Ged and Julie and was absolutely delighted to be invited to be involved and part of this wonderful dream to help make it become reality.

Get in touch with Keith by email:

Jon Laws – Director

I have been aware of Saras Hope Foundation for many years and whenever possible I have tried to get involved by raising money through various sponsorship events.

I feel the passion and commitment that I have witnessed by the team has been infectious and the motivation behind the charity is inspiring. As a result I was really pleased to be invited to join the board of Directors. Hopefully my increased involvement will contribute to the ongoing positive development so that many more young people and their families can experience ‘a little of something special’ – quality time together.

Get in touch with Jon by email:

Ray Partridge - Director

Having taken early retirement at the end of 2016 I searched around for worthwhile causes to which I could contribute.  I came across the Saras Hope Foundation website and was impressed by the valuable opportunity provided by the charity to those much less fortunate than myself.  I consider this a whole worthwhile cause and I'm amazed by the impact the charity makes on the children it sends to Crete.

Get in touch with Ray by email:

Alison Roberts - Director

Running is one of my hobbies, so I first got involved with Saras Hope Foundation as a participant in the Three Village Run. Since then I have met some of the families staying at the Retreat and have seen first hand the amazing time they have on Crete. Being based here on the island means I can be even more involved in helping more families experience a happy and fun filled holiday.

Get in touch with Alison by email:



John Roberts - Director

I first became aware of Saras Hope Foundation 4 years ago and have gradually taken a more active part in the fund raising activities on Crete. With the New Retreat project it seemed more important than ever to have board members living full time in Crete to assist with the day-to-day challenges.

Get in touch with John by email: