Meet the Team


Vanessa Cade-Hughes

Vanessa is the secretary of HUG and has been on the charity board for several years.

She was impacted  by a visit to Uganda in 2014 and works hard organising fundraising events such as a charity ball and also being in charge of buying and selling African crafts at fairs all over the local area to raise money for the charity. Since her first trip she has been part of the team on further trips to Uganda to visit the Rainbow Hope Centre.



Roy Field

Roy is the Chairman of the charity, organising regular meetings to discuss future plans for HUG and how to achieve them and driving the work of the chrity forward.

He oversees the building projects and keeps in regular touch with the nationals who work with the charity in Uganda to ensure the continued wellbeing of the children. Roy has made multiple trips to Uganda over the years.



Pete Howard

Pete is the Minister of Alsager Community Church, to which all the current team are associated. He has visited Uganda in 2014 and 2018, seeing firsthand the desperate conditions of the children there and also the amazing way our project has made a differnce to our children. He helps with fundraising and networking, as well as managing the website.




Rachel Martin

Rachel is a primary school teacher and visited Uganda in 2014 where she was impacted by the conditions she saw and fell in love with the children she met. She then visited again in 2018. She works to raise awareness for the charity and involves her school in fundraising activities for the charity and its projects. The children in her school all see the children in Uganda as their Ugandan friends.




Jonny Martin

Jonny is married to Rachel and is one of three new team members who have come on board more recently. He has run his own business, a gym in Congleton for many years and has now recently become a policeman. He visited Uganda in 2018.

Jonny has for a number of years supported Rachel in her involvement with HUG, including turning up in all weathers to staff the craft stalls we hold at various events. He now looks forward to developing a role on the committee.









Anne Beard

Anne is a retired nurse and until very recently a member of the Leadership team at Alsager Community Church. She is another of the latest team members to join. She has been part of every volunteer trip HUG has run to Uganda and would say that Uganda is in her heart. Whilst joining the team without the plan to take on any specific role, Anne has nonetheless already become busy with networking and fundraising ideas.








Laura Smith

Laura is again one of our newest members of the team and has jumped in with both feet in terms of fundraising and more. She ran a half marathon to raise money and awareness for the work of HUG and the Rainbow Hope Centre and along with her husband was part of the volunteer trip to visit the project last year (2019).





Lydia and Hisborn

Hope Uganda works with amazing individuals over in Uganda who work day to day to care for and support the children and who will run the Rainbow Hope Centre.

Taking the lead over there are Lydia and Hisborn, they are people who the HUG team have known and trusted for years. Lydia, along with her husband is a pastor of a church which they started and Hisborn is a former Headteacher.