Meet the Team
Vicky Ringer – Levi’s mum, co-founder and trustee of Levi’s Star. Vicky is also mum to Levi’s little sister, beautiful Layla. Vicky qualified as a teacher in 2001. She is a specialist SEN teacher with a Master’s Degree in Specific Learning Difficulties. She is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education, researching how children with brain tumours are supported within education. Vicky also manages Levi’s Star children/young people’s brain tumour outreach service and specialises in providing 1-1 bespoke intervention to children who have survived brain tumours. Vicky travels across Yorkshire to work with children in their own school environment and liaises closely with SENCOs/teachers to help them identify and meet the needs of children living with the effects of a brain tumour. She is completely committed to the cause and driven by the desire to make a difference to children/young people diagnosed with brain tumours.
Val Ringer – Levi’s grandma, Layla and Jasmin’s grandma and co-founder and Chair Person of Levi’s Star. Val has a long history of office management until she ‘retired’ in 2011. Her administrative, organisational and IT skills are used well within Levi’s Star and she is voluntary office/administration manager of the charity. Val is equally committed to the charity and feels that raising awareness of the signs of brain tumours is another hugely important area. She works tirelessly organising fundraising events for the charity. Val welcomes support from others to fund raise for and donate to this most worthy cause, thus helping to keep Levi’s Star shining and helping us continue to walk beside children with brain tumour and their families.
Nicola Andrews – is a trustee of Levi’s Star. She works at Lloyds Banking Group as a Site Co-ordinator. Nicola has two grown up sons and lives in Leeds. She has supported Levi’s Star since it was registered and is actively involved in fundraising for the charity. Nicola has a great deal of empathy for the children/families we support and promotes Levi’s Star within her work environment and among her colleagues and friends. She has also successfully bid for Levi’s Star to be supported within her place of work. Nicola is a very valued trustee who is happy to devote her time to supporting Levi’s Star. She enjoys taking part in all of our fundraising events and is highly committed to our cause.
Zumarad Ajab is a trustee of Levi’s Star. He knew Levi well and has fond memories of the happy little boy Levi was. Zumarad was impacted by what happened to Levi and has supported Levi’s Star since it was founded. Zumarad works as a regional manager in the dental sector and brings his business acumen to the charity, in his role as trustee. He has also taken part in fundraising events, such as sponsored walks, bag packing events and being singled out by the ‘dame’ in Pocket Panto’s performances for Levi’s Star! Zumarad is committed to helping raise the awareness of children’s brain tumours, creating a legacy for Levi.
Ali Abbas Naqvi trustee – Ali’s beautiful little daughter fought a brave battle with a brain tumour but sadly lost her fight. After losing his princess, Ali became further motivated to help other children with life changing and life shortening diseases such as brain tumours. He says he is determined not to let brain cancer win the war. Ali joined the team at Levi’s Star because he shares a passion and determination to help put an end to this horrible and unfair disease. Ali is committed to helping Levi’s Star support children and families who find themselves on a similar nightmare journey to the one he and his family had to sadly walk.