The Only Cowards Carry Crew

Caroline Shearer BCAc - Chief Executive Officer

Continually driven by the devastating loss of Jay in September 2012, Caroline Shearer has worked tirelessly and with outstanding strength to promote the charity Only Cowards Carry making young people aware of the dangers and impact of knife crime. Caroline started the charity with just a bookmark and since then, has led the charity to educating over 30,000 young people across Essex. Caroline leads a committed team and delivers the messages across the county.

Experienced in fostering in and working with youth, Caroline really engages with
young people, gaining their respect and delivering powerful messages on knife crime and related issues. A force for positive change, Caroline has received the Points of Light Award from David Cameron for Outstanding Volunteering and has received the British Citizen Award. Her charity is her life and her work keeps her going, hoping to prevent others from experiencing what she has.

Caroline brings experience from previous roles as an Area Marketing Manager whole of East Anglia as well as Business Management experience. She is qualified and experienced in Adolescent Fostering and youth counselling.

 
Shani Jackson - Managing Director

Shani started as a volunteer for Only Cowards Carry in 2012 and has shown her outstanding devotion to the charity, moving to a position as the Community Liaison Officer and to her current position as the Managing Director of the charity in June 2014.

With previous experience volunteering for Crimestoppers, Shani is proficient and dedicated to charity work.

With a degree in Criminology and vast experience in communication roles, Shani identified her propensity to support the community and her education and knowledge is extremely valuable to Only Cowards Carry.

Working tirelessly, Shani manages and oversees all operations, develops projects and strategies, builds relationships with key partners and the community and represents the charity to an excellent standard.

From a background in fostering, Shani acquired extensive experience working with children and young people and aims to make a difference to the lives of young people and works to create safer communities.

 
 
Charmaine Wilson - Education Training Manager

Charmaine started with Only Cowards Carry in October 2015. She graduated from Essex University in July 2015 with a BA honors degree in Criminology with Social Psychology.

Charmaine has previous work experience with Essex probation services and Colchester Borough Homes. Her education and knowledge is paramount to Only Cowards Carry and Charmaine works hard along with the team at Only Cowards Carry to educate children about weapons and works to create a safer community and reduce knife crime.

 
Gary Jeakins -Volunteer (Cookie Monster)

Gary has volunteered with Only Cowards Carry right from the start. He is 56 years of age and is extremely important to Only Cowards Carry. Come rain or shine you will find the cookie monster out raising awareness and fundraising.

Gary's dedication to the charity allows the organisation to continue delivering vital awareness and continue its success.

Omar Lamki -Volunteer

Omar has volunteered with Only Cowards Carry since August 2014. He is 17 years of age and is currently studying his A levels at Clacton Coastal Academy.

Omar regularly fundraise's at events and raises awareness of the charity. He also helps out when needed in Only Cowards Carry charity shop. Omar's dedication to the charity allows the organisation to continue delivering vital awareness and continue its success.

 
Pauline Hill -Volunteer

Pauline is the mother of Only Cowards Carry CEO Caroline Shearer and Grandmother to Jay Whiston. Pauline has dedicated her life to bringing up her family and has been part of the organisation from the very start.

Pauline works hard to promote weapons awareness and dedicates her time to running the Only Cowards Carry charity shop. Pauline's hard work and dedication allows the organisation to continue it's success.

Thelma Etherington -Volunteer

Thelma is the aunt of Only Cowards Carry CEO Caroline Shearer and great aunt to Jay Whiston. Thelma has been part of the organisation from the very start.

Thelma works continuously to help raise weapons awareness and dedicates her time to running the Only Cowards Carry charity shop together with Pauline, her sister. Thelma's dedication to the organisation has enabled the charity to grow from strength to strength.

 
Paul Barber - Abassador

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