At Hand in Hand we pride ourselves in running the Charity with a lean team to minimize operating costs. The Hand in Hand team includes two full-time members of staff, a part-time in-house play therapist, and a voluntary Board of Directors

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Jennifer Carpenter

Jennifer is the Service Manager at Hand in Hand, and was the very first employee of the Charity. Jennifer coordinates all services provided to families and oversees the running of the Charity on a daily basis. Prior to joining Hand in Hand Jennifer had extensive experience in the paediatric medical field in the UK.

Laura Bromley

Laura is the Fundraising and Development Officer at Hand in Hand, and is in charge of coordinating the charities grassroots efforts, grant writing, marketing and communications. Laura works alongside community groups, companies, schools, and private individuals to raise money and awareness of the Charity.

Denise Gordon

Denise is the Charity’s newest team member, and is the Play Therapist at Hand in Hand. Denise works with children affected by Childhood cancer at Hand in Hand’s support centre in Loughrea. Denise has extensive experience in Play Therapy and working with children. For more information on Play Therapy please click here.


Margaret Parkinson and kindly look after Hand in Hand’s financial matters.

The Board

Paula Carroll (Chairperson)
Paula Carroll (Chairperson)
Michael Coughlin
Jude Sibley
Miriam Barrett