Meet the Staff

Philip Bunting B.Pharm.M.R.Pharm.S who is one of the directors of the SAD Light Hire Company Limited is a community pharmacist by profession having obtained his degree at London University.

He has had experience in community pharmacy for over thirty years which included 20 years as a director and proprietor of one of the largest community pharmacies in the UK based in Southport, Merseyside.

For over ten years he was involved in the piloting of Cardiovasular and Diabetic Screening and risk assessment in community pharmacy.

He has been involved in the Sad Light Hire Company Limited since inception in 1996 and has been actively involved in research in the use of Light Therapy equipment for the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder and Circadian Rhythm Disorders.

"We have grown the business to where it is today by keeping focus on our core company belief that the customer comes first...being small and family run means that we can offer the customer service that sees your call being answered by one of our dedicated team even at 10pm on Sunday evening!" Philip lives in Southport and is married with three children. 

Donna Cumia joined the team in 2007 and is mainly involved in the marketing of the company. She has a wealth of knowledge in the Logistics and Supply Chain Industry and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Transport. As well as ensuring that our Customer Service Levels remain at the forefront of our operation, Donna is keen to promote the benefits of Light Therapy for certain conditions including SAD and works closely with different professional fields to raise awareness of the condition and is constantly involved in the procurement of new therapies and treatments.

Donna lives in Southport with her husband, two children and dogs! At weekend she enjoys horse riding and even has a few horses of her own!

Beverley Bunting, married to Philip, is a fully qualified beauty therapist, and a SAD sufferer! Having tried a lightbox and finding that it greatly alleviated the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, the SAD Light Hire Co. was born in 1996 out of the desire that Philip and Beverley had to help other sufferers. "I was always poorly every winter as a child until I emigrated to Australia with my parents at the age of 11.

My father suffered badly too and felt we would benefit from leaving behind British weather. Living in such a warm and sunny climate made such a difference to our health and wellbeing.” Beverley returned to the UK at the age of 21 in 1974, and so did the SAD symptoms! She married Philip in 1978 so never returned to Australia, and struggled through each winter for many years until she discovered light therapy in 1995. Their three daughters also suffer with SAD and use light therapy.

"I love speaking to people about SAD and advising them about light therapy to suit their lifestyle. They are relieved to find someone who knows and understands exactly how they feel, and discover that help is available. You cannot put a ‘price’ on your health.”

Over the years, Beverley has spoken to many groups of people about SAD, taken part in radio and television interviews (the most recent being on BBC’s The One Show), and together with Philip they exhibit and demonstrate their range of products at the Primary Care Exhibitions at the NEC Birmingham each year. She is based at the ‘ SAD SHOP’ in Southport where she is supported by an excellent staff of close friends, and daughter Kerris in London.

Kerris Bunting is a senior Marketing coordinator of The Sad Light Hire Company and is daughter to Philip and Beverley Bunting. She has been working for the family business since 2005. She is based in the London office and coordinates all the marketing and product development for the company. Over the years she has seen the company grow from a small home based business to one which now supplies product to a truly international success. She is involved in researching the market place for the benefit of our customers.

She has recently been involved in helping with the development of the new Sad Shop website creating a more intuitive and shopper-friendly environment for you. In developing the website she realises that one size does not fit everybody so if you have any ideas for possible future changes she’d like to hear from you – Please feel free to email her on sadbox@aol.com

"I thoroughly enjoy being part of the family business and watching it grow to a well respected suppliers of light therapy equipment and Natural Alarm Clocks in the UK and Europe. A big part what we do is to make sure the customer has a pleasant shopping experience in choosing the right light therapy equipment. We are commited to customer service, a helpful attitude and great value. I like to keep my fingers on the ‘web-pulse’ and I am excited at the prospect of continually improving the website. I wanted to develop a new site that is easy for customers to buy light therapy”

Kerris obtained a degree from the University of Central Lancashire in 2003 and has gained much of her diverse experience working for the design, Corporate Finance and ecommerce industries.

Kerris lives near central London, she enjoys busy weekends with friends and is involved in charity work.

Danny Rogan is currently studying an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration Apprenticeship at Hugh Baird College in Liverpool. Danny is the newest team member. He has been working at the Sad-Shop since October 2009 and is thoroughly enjoying his job. He is involved in many aspects of the business. From supporting the staff , helping customers with choosing the right light therapy equipment to helping with the marketing of the business.

His hobbies include Football and other Sports.

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