About Us

We are a Bedford-based charity that works to fulfil the unique wishes of children living in Beds, Herts and Bucks with a life-limiting or terminal illness. 

Our Mission Statement

We want to help relieve the suffering of children and adults living in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire who are affected by a life-limiting or terminal illness, by granting feasible wishes that are important to them and their families/carers and which will create memories to treasure forever.

Founded in August 2018, we have helped more than 50 families locally.

Our values

Our values help to nurture every wish we create;

Action

Working with passion and commitment in order to make wishes happen. Creating positive moments that have lasting impact.

Creativity

Allow contributors to participate creatively in the coordination of each individual wish.

Listening

Understanding the needs of every child. Taking the time and care to make a wish unique and specially-tailored to each individual child.

Flexibility

Creating a dynamic, adaptable environment that can respond to the needs of the child, family and/or carers involved.

Nurturing

Keeping the focus on the concept of ‘giving’, in order to bring joy to local children/families/carers and build a caring local community

Local

Locals supporting local. Collaborating with individuals and businesses as much as possible to help nurture the local community.

We aim to:

With every wish we create we pledge to do the following: 

Our Team

We are a small but growing team dedicated to creating moments to treasure.

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Pritti Saggi

Founder

Pritti is the Founder of our charity, responsible for the creation and inception of Creating Memories back in August 2018. Since then, she has volunteered tirelessly to make the wishes of local children with life-limiting or terminal illness a reality and applied to make Creating Memories a registered charity in December 2019 and continues to be instrumental in the growth of Creating Memories. 

Meet the Trustees

Each one is passionate about what we do and provides vital support.

Paula

Paula Priestley

Trustee

Paula has worked in the charity sector for 22 years. She was Head of Hospice Fundraising for a local hospice (responsible for raising £1.8 Million) for 18 years, and also Fundraising Manager and Grant Fundraiser for the local MS Centre until February 2019.

Highly respected within the community, Paula has been awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award through Rotary International for her work with local Rotary groups and is looking forward to taking Creating Memories from strength to strength.

Laura

Laura Etkind

Trustee

Laura is a communications and marketing professional bringing over 12 years’ experience of working in public sector organisations such as the NHS and local government to her trustee role.  Having been involved in Creating Memories from the start, Laura aims to provide a hands-on approach to raising awareness of Creating Memories to the wider public and will help to build good working relationships with local and national media, stakeholders and partners.

Julie

Julie McCabe

Trustee

Julie is a qualified accountant with over 18 years post qualification experience in public services and charities, with sound knowledge of effective governance and procedures and financial management at a strategic and operational level. Julie aims to provide structure and challenge in order to help Creating Memories deliver its objectives and ensure the charity has a successful sustainable future.

Lila

Lila Begum

Trustee

Lila brings over 20 years’ experience of working on community projects. She has been a trustee or management committee member for many organisations, including as a director for a community interest company. She has experience working with the most vulnerable in the community, acted as an independent adviser for Bedfordshire Police for 7 years and currently supports them with the recruitment of new police officers.