Our Founders, Patrick
& Frances Connolly
Patrick and Frances Connolly are from Northern Ireland, Patrick from Belfast and Frances from Strabane. They have three grown daughters and three wonderful grandchildren. They moved to Hartlepool to work in 1990, planning to stay only a few years but stayed 25, their twin girls were born in the town and two of their daughters still live in the north east of England. Despite their love of their adopted home their roots are firmly in Northern Ireland therefore, when the couple had the good luck to win the lottery, one of their first acts was to begin setting up this charity to give something back.
Frances Connolly, our CEO
Frances Connolly is the eldest of 6 and despite coming from a less than privileged background has been involved in charity work from her primary school days. Both her parents and teachers instilled in her a strong work ethic and a desire to help wherever it is possible. She views the opportunity to be able to do this now on a larger scale as a privilege and is thoroughly enjoying taking a full and active part in helping her local community.
I met Frances during our secondary school years as we travelled together on the school bus. Over time we became close friends and spent many fun times together. We kept in touch and soon after her lottery win she asked me to be a trustee in this new charity. I am now chairperson and feel humbled and privileged to be part of a trust which can have a positive impact on people’s lives. As a teacher for thirty three years I have always led charity initiatives and now look forward to doing the same in the community.
I have worked in the community sector for 25 years, with community projects developing trust and building relationships in an attempt to develop conflict transformation. For the last ten years I first volunteered then worked as an advisor for the citizens advice bureau. Having always had a strong belief in helping and supporting people who have been marginalised by society and need support to get back on their feet, I hope to continue to do this through my work with the trust.
Our Treasurer, Caroline Clarke
“It was an incredible honour when Frances invited me to become a trustee in the charity she was planning to establish in her mother’s memory. Its focus/direction is a true manifestation of the generosity of spirit that always epitomised these two ladies. Its benefits will be far reaching.”
Our Safeguarding Officer, Ann Floyd
I am Frances’ sister so wasn’t surprised when shortly after her win she rang me one afternoon and said can you come to a meeting in Belfast on Wednesday in regards to the charity. I didn’t ask any questions and went to the meeting. Since then we have had a few more meetings and are making great progress. I’m glad Frances made that phone call and I’m delighted to be part of the team. Mum was such a generous person and it’s great Frances and Paddy are going to continue this in memory of our mother Kathleen.
IT professional for 25 years with previous experience in community work primarily in North and West Belfast. Involved in local sports organisation within North Belfast/Newtownabbey. Really excited to be part of the the KGT team.
Our Project Worker,
Working for The Kathleen Graham Trust is an absolute privilege. Frances and Patrick are an inspiration and the impact they have had on so many people will be felt for generations. KGT will leave a permanent positive impact on so many people and I will give 100% to make it as successful as possible.
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