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Candice Konig - CEO
Candice Konig – CEO Facing Forward

Registered in 2011, Forward Facing is a charity that provides activities and events for families suffering long-term illness and bereavement in the Sussex area. Our events come in all shapes and sizes. We put on small events that focus on individual families, medium-sized events for small groups and large events to which all our families are invited.

Our mission is to provide fun activities that make our families happy. We want our children to have special, unique experiences, where their confidence can grow, where their carers & families can relax and most importantly where they can make some really special memories.

We listen to our families. We work with them to develop events so that they meet the specific needs of children dealing with serious issues. It’s really important to us that every child in need has the opportunity to come to a Forward Facing event. Our work is funded solely from donations and we work diligently to keep the funding coming in so that we can continue to support our families.

Forward Facing is led by Candice Konig with support from the charity trustees, a small admin team and many volunteers, for whom we are truly grateful.

The forward facing team
Malcolm Bashford
Malcolm Bashford Trustee
Danielle Scott-Palmer Trustee
Natasha Penney
Natasha Penney Trustee
Charlene Brown
Charlene Brown
Kelly Verstappen
Kelly Verstappen
Clair Stibbs
Clair Stibbs

Our amazing team of ambassadors & volunteers come from all walks of life. Some are parents & carers whose families attend our events; some are professionals we’ve worked with and others are members of the public. All of them generously give us their free time and we couldn’t run our events and aspects of the charity without them.

If you’d like to help then please contact us, we’re sure to find you a way to help.

Our founder Tasleen Carstairs

Our founder Tasleen CarstairsTalented make-up artist Tasleen set up Forward Facing in 2008 as a Community Interest Company to make a difference to the lives of those suffering from self-image issues. Her mission was to use her training to show people how they could apply make-up to help them build confidence. She worked with those suffering congenital disfigurements as well as those who had been affected from scaring due to illness or accidents. In 2013, Forward Facing was nominated for The Argus’s “Beyond The Call of Duty” award and Tasleen was named an Argus “Local Hero”.

“We work with some of the most vulnerable groups in the community. Some of the children we work with are so poorly and don’t have many opportunities to do fun things, and the parents are pretty isolated as well. It’s about trying to do something for all of them. We really do see a transformation. I think by showing someone that you believe in them, it helps them to start believing in themselves.” Tasleen 2013, The Argus

Tragically Tasleen suffered with her own health and passed away from an aggressive form of cancer in May 2014. One of her main worries during her last remaining days was whether Forward Facing would be able to carry on without her. Stepping up, her best friend Candice Konig vowed to continue Tasleen’s amazing work and has headed up the charity ever since.

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