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Founder and Trustees

Susan Daly

Lynn Chisadza

Founder of The Water Lily Project 

After years of working in Bioscience, most of that time as a researcher in Biotechnology, I became a mother to two girls in the early 2000s. Whilst bringing up my girls, I sought the Lord about my future career. I was clearly led to ‘look after the hurting women’. 

Having no qualification or experience in this area, I went on to study for an Early Years degree in the hope of leading me to mums. My career in early years was short lived as God again reminded me of the original call.

I was fortunate to be in a church that had like minded people. In no time, a group of us gathered around the vision of supporting women – pillars of society.

God had given me the name Water Lily, which upon research showed just how appropriate it was for the work: beautiful, fragrant, strong leaves that support the ecosystem in many ways, roots that go down to the source of life – all this, taking place in calm still waters.

I am now based in Gloucestershire where I continue to do what I’ve been called to do – ‘look after the hurting women’. I have founded Th3 Sun, a community interest company that is housing women. We are looking to broaden the work by involving them in income generating projects. As a social enterprise, we are applying business and biblical principles to achieve spiritual and social change for the women we encounter.

Over ten years on, as I look back at all WLP is doing, I am amazed that God would use ordinary folk like us to do His work. To whom much is given, much is expected. He has loved us so much and so we respond to this love by heeding His call.

Jan Crawford

Jan Crawford


Jan Crawford is married to Blair with 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Before retiring, she worked for YMCA Bournemouth as Head of Centre Development and Family Learning at Southbourne and Pokesdown Children’s Centres. She first trained and started teaching RE in Sheffield, moving to Christchurch in 1991 where she taught in primary schools in Dorset and Bournemouth. More recently she trained as an Early Years teacher.

Ken Pimenta

Robin Cooper


Robin is one of our newest Trustees and we are delighted to welcome him on board at The Water Lily Project. He is married to Gill and has three children and four grandchildren.  He enjoys watersports and family fun activities.

Robin has had a varied career in nursing with different roles. At present, he works as a specialist in helping diagnose and manage people suffering from lymphoedema.

He is a member of Godfirst Church and has a concern for people who are less fortunate than himself. He knows how Water Lily has made a difference first hand to people and is delighted to offer his support to the project by joining the Trustees team


Susan Daly

Susan Daly

Chair of Trustees

Sue is married to Denis and has two sons and a grandson. She has been a nurse for 42 years and has fostered many children (41 in fact!)  including troubled teenagers, some with babies. Sue has also served in a medical capacity in Burkina Faso (W. Africa) and at Cholera Centres in Haiti. She is a member of Godfirst Church.  In her spare time, Sue enjoys sailing, reading and sewing.

Ken Pimenta

Sue Hill


Sue is married to Steve and has two grown-up daughters and four grandchildren.  She worked at the Arts University at Bournemouth for 38 years in the office of the Vice Chancellor and retired in 2016.  Sue worships at Christchurch Baptist Church and joined the Waterlily cafe as a volunteer in 2018 and has been a Trustee since November 2019.  Her hobbies include gardening, crosswords, walking, birdwatching and keeping hens.

Colin Bennett

Colin Bennett


Colin has been involved with The Water Lily Project since its inception over 10 years ago. He is married to Yvonne and they have three grown up children and five grandchildren.
For almost 30 years Colin has been Vice Principal and Director of Training at Moorlands College. Colin became a Christian whilst training as a Youth and Community Worker in Birmingham. He is a regular writer and speaks on family, youth and community issues and is actively involved with many community ventures across Christchurch, Bournemouth and Poole.

Ken Pimenta

Hannah Farrow


Hannah is one of our newest Trustees and we are delighted to welcome her onto the board of trustees at The Water Lily Project.

Hannah says: “The Water Lily Project seeks to be an expression of the humanity of God; He knows, He cares. I’m discovering the joy of sitting too, especially at the feet of Jesus as Mary did (Luke 10:38-42). My lovely parents have done this from my earliest memory.

As to what do I bring to The Water Lily Project? Watch this space! Even better, ask yourself, what could you bring?”

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Supporting and Empowering Vulnerable Women in Christchurch and the Surrounding Areas

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We’ve Raised over £30,000 in the past year to Help Vulnerable Women in Christchurch and the Surrounding Areas

We are so grateful to all of the volunteers, local churches and individuals who have helped us raise this amount of money this year.

Particular thanks goes to the Big Lottery @TNLCommunityFund who awarded us a grant of £10,000, Lloyd’s Bank Foundation who awarded us an Enable grant of £15,000, Dorset Community Foundation who awarded us £2,300 with the help of Comic Relief funding. Co-op who awarded us a grant of £2,145.87 to redecorate our IT Suite.

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If you would like to find out more about The Waterlily Project and/or get involved, please contact us and we will be happy to chat at any time.

131 Barrack Rd, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2AW

Call Us: 07743 719063 (Manager) or 07507 890116 (Support Worker)