Contact Us

If you have anything you would like to ask us or if you want to get in touch, we would love to hear from you. Our Leicester office is open from Monday to Friday, 9am - 4pm.  The office telephone number is 0116 318 0793.

Our email is but you can always contact us through our social media too.

Jane van Velsen - General Manager

Zahra Aziz - Administration

Nina Roots - Project Manager

Alice Pulford - Project Manager and Fundraiser

Nina Roots

Nina Roots

Nina is a Project Manager and one of our original founders.  She studied at de Montfort University in Leicester and graduated with a degree in Marketing & Business.  These days Nina spends a lot of time at the projects she manages in Malawi. She is incredibly hard working and inspires all around her. Her  selflessness and her determination have enabled her to really change lives in Malawi.

Nina got involved with Tilinanu Orphanage in 2009 and is now a Trustee of Tilinanu. She developed the idea of using LoveSpecs as a fundraising platform for Love Support Unite Africa Foundation.  She and her sister – Alice Pulford – have grown the charity to where it is now in 2018.

Nina is inspired by the life changing possibilities of permaculture and sustainability.

Zahra Aziz

Zahra Aziz

Zahra is our administrator in the UK office in Leicester.  Zahra joined us in 2018 from a very strict administrative background within County Council where she worked after graduating from University of Leicester.  She is responsible for all aspects of the administration of the organisation.

She takes good care of us all and has added a lot of value to the way we work with our volunteers, fundraising events, field trips, compliance and general administration within and outside the office, reporting, finance administration and care of the event organisation.


Alice Pulford

Alice Pulford

Project Manager/Fundraising

Alice is the cornerstone of the whole organisation.  She is the founder and also a Trustee of Tilinanu Orphanage as well as a founder of Love Support Unite Africa Foundation.

Today Alice also works as a Project Manager and Fundraiser for Love Support Unite Africa Foundation and is instrumental in driving the reach of LoveSpecs through festivals in the EU.

She’s an inspiration to so many people and has incredible energy and vision. She started Tilinanu Orphanage with Mercy in 2009 when she was only 19.

Most of her time is spent on developing the different projects in Malawi. Her work and commitment has been widely recognised. In 2015 Alice was named Britain’s Best Volunteer by the Small Charities Coalition and in 2016 Alice and Nina were named as the latest ‘Points of Light’ by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. She has also won the Margarette Award of the Inner Wheel.

Alice is passionate about the power of education to help change lives.

Gift Mkandawire

Gift Mkandawire

Malawi Director

Gift is our Malawian Project Manager and also head of the Tilnanu Orphanage.  He is also the son of Mercy Mkandawire, and co-founder of Tilinanu. He is fully dedicated to making a success of all our projects in Malawi. He is a true precious gem.

Gift wears a variety of hats including that of Director of Love Support Unite Foundation Malawi. We have worked with Gift since our journey began in Malawi 2009.  He is a brother to our founders Alice and Nina. Gift is our first contact with communities and with the Malawian team. Our work in Malawi could not have come this far without him.

If you volunteer with us you are guaranteed to meet him.

Jordan Towning

Jordan Towning

Fundraising & Events Manager

Jordan is our Fundraising & Events Manager. She graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Journalism and has extensive experience within Events, Communications, Promotions and Marketing. Jordan has spent the last 8 years living in Brisbane, Australia and joined our team in 2018 after emigrating back home to the UK.

Jordan is responsible for overseeing the organisation’s Fundraising, Events, Social Media, and Love Specs. She is here to ensure all of our donors, fundraisers and volunteers are looked after and kept up to date on the difference they are making in Malawi. Jordan loves meeting new people and is passionate about discovering and developing new partnerships around the world. If you are interested in fundraising for us, getting involved with an event or becoming a volunteer you can email her on

Gayle Berry

Gayle Berry

Founder of LSU’s Mother and Baby health initiative

Gayle originally joined Love Support Unite as a volunteer to teach the importance of nurturing care to staff in baby orphanages. The project was a success and so it was expanded to the community to reach the most vulnerable mothers and babies with very limited access to education and health. Gayle trains Nurture Ambassadors in the community to share the benefits of the project. Gayle is also on the fundraising team and assists on many projects for Love Specs and Love Support Unite. Gayle regularly visits Malawi to make sure the projects are having a sustainable and measurable impact and she leads on the volunteer trip.

Gayle is also the founder of Blossom & Berry, an international teacher training organisation with over 600 teachers helped to teach the importance of nurturing touch in creating connected relationships between parents and babies.

Love Support Unite
Registered Charity Number 1162406
Lanchester House
Main Street
Great Glen