Lesley is the founding director of HOOP and the beating heart of the charity. Her passion to help people overcome problems with obesity was ignited in 2010 when she looked for much needed help for her youngest daughter Allie, who was struggling with her weight. Lesley was appalled at the lack of support for Allie and for herself as a parent. Wanting to help other parents and children to benefit from the resources and facilities that she was eventually able to secure for her daughter, who is now enjoying a healthy lifestyle at a normal weight, Lesley came up with the idea of HOOP. She worked hard to secure support from like-minded individuals and corporate contributors, establishing HOOP as a limited company by 2012 and registering the charity in February 2013. Today, she’s just as committed to HOOP and the adults and children it supports as she was in those early days. She not only has board and management oversight as the charity’s CEO and one of its trustees, she manages the growing team of volunteers and speaks to HOOP members in support groups, each and every day.