I'm an Emergency Department nurse working in the North of England and have aspired to getting into humanitarian work for several years. One night, after being deeply moved by reading about the refuge crisis, I booked a flight to Lesvos in Greece, where thousands of refugees were entering Europe - with no idea what I was going to do. What I did know was that had my 3 nephews been faced with the horror of leaving their home and their Mum I would have wanted someone to meet them with warmth, a smile and to make them feel safe.
In December 2015, I met with Sarah and Ramiz from Humanitas in Lesvos and was instantly impressed by the way they worked. We talked about me working with them and, in May 2016, this happened. Before the call came, I had decided to spend my leave week relaxing. Instead I spent it in a camper van with Ramiz, treating refugees. They had a profound effect on me - and I hope to work more with Humanitas, both in the UK and abroad. I am proud to have become part of this amazing family.
My name is Kelly Oliver and I'm a singer/songwriter working on the UK Folk scene. I have had national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music for my singles, and I have released two albums which have had national reviews from The Times and The Telegraph. I am local to Hitchin and was delighted to be asked to stand as an ambassador for Humanitas. The charity was new to me, and I hope that by working with Humanitas I can help spread the word of the charity to others who may not have come across it. I find it heartbreaking to hear of the daily struggles that children across the world face and I deeply respect the work of Humanitas in their aim to improve the lives of children who desperately need their help.
I'm a student studying neuroscience and I also work as a model. I have worked for Vogue and Mulberry and was the face of Christopher Kane's campaign. Whilst studying for my degree I have learned about hydrocephalus and how damaging it can be if treatment isn't received straight away. Humanitas provide the medical equipment needed to treat the disorder in abandoned and impoverished children living in Romania and Ghana. I became involved in the charity through volunteering in their shop in Hitchin, I also took part in the Dracula Bike Ride Challenge and cycled over the Transylvanian Alps to raise money! Humanitas inspires me as everyone involved is so committed to the work they do to improve children's lives. It's not just a charity, it's a family working together for a better future and I am keen to play my part in making that future a reality.
Max Williams – Ambassador
I am a cinematographer and have filmed documentaries, commercials and drama all over the world. I was the Director of Photography on the BAFTA winning, and Academy Award nominated short animation film 'The Bigger Picture', directed by Daisy Jacobs and I have also shot promotional videos for artists such as Tinie Tempah, Paloma Faith and the Prodigy. I grew up in Hitchin and found out about the amazing work that Humanitas does through a family friend who volunteers for the charity. I am a firm believer in the power of education as the catalyst for lifting people out of poverty and have chosen to sponsor a child through the Humanitas 'Education Matters' programme in Ghana. I hope that in some small way I will be able to affect positive change to a young persons life and give them the opportunity to dream big!