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Providing support to anyone affected by blood cancer
Leukaemia CARE is a small national charity made up of a dedicated and passionate team. Find out more about each one of them here...
Bubbly Alex was such an asset to us during her time as an intern, we couldn't possibly let her go. After doing a stint in our Fundraising Team, she is now part of our Communications Team, looking after the digital marketing for the charity. Never to be seen without a smile on her face, among Alex's favourite things are sunny holidays, shopping sprees and trips to the theatre; it's only early mornings that will take the grin off her face. "Working for Leukaemia CARE has made me appreciate life and see that there are many people out there who need our support. Working in LC's fundraising team showed me just how much charities rely on donations, big or small, and the generosity of people can make a real difference to someone's life."
Thrill seeker and Community Fundraiser, Claire is no stranger to new challenges having taken on a Skydive in Australia over The Great Barrier Reef. Claire is raring to get stuck into her role boosting community fundraising for Leukaemia CARE, as it’s something close to her heart. A keen runner and a fan of walking in the countryside, bubbly Claire loves spending time with her friends and family and baking cakes, as well as eating them after of course. Is there anything Claire dislikes? Well, bad manners are up there on her list, although Claire pretty much always sees the best in everyone. Claire loves meeting new people and is looking forward to supporting lots of our community fundraisers.
Clare is one of our longest serving employees and is a genuine asset to our fundraising team. She is a real people-person and has a knack for encouraging and supporting our fundraisers every step of the way to achieve what they set out to achieve, fundraise for LC and she'll become your best friend! There is never a dull moment when Clare is around and her chatty, lively and bright persona brightens up the office a treat. But after a long week, she likes to spend her time with her boys and her Lhasa Apso, Pasty. Despite being a full-time working mum, she still finds the time to glam up for parties and music festivals. "I love working for Leukaemia CARE as I find it incredibly rewarding to support our fundraisers in achieving their goals, some with deeply personal meanings behind them that mean so much to the person embarking on a challenge."
With a wealth of experience in the healthcare sector, Esther is well placed to lead our growing CARE Team and develop her vision to provide support to all blood cancer patients, their carers and families. Music makes the world go round for Esther who has a varied music collection. She is a home-girl at heart and loves nothing more than spending time in the company of friends and family with great conversation, cups of tea and bacon sandwiches. She's partial to the odd spa day, loves fine dining and has a penchant for scented candles. She is a ray of sunshine, inspiring and motivating those around her (with the help of motivational quotes!) to achieve their potential. Negativity, bad manners and seafood are big no-nos in Esther's book. I am so excited about my role at Leukaemia CARE as I am passionate about raising awareness of our work and moving our support services forward. I love a challenge and I'm sure I will have plenty of them here.
Helen loves a bit of healthy competition and is always keeping track of the amount of steps she does each day. Helen is a keen walker but prefers to walk with her friends rather than her children who aren’t quite so enthusiastic about going for walks. “Working at LC makes me realise how much people give to charity, not only in terms of money, but in terms of time and effort.” Easy going Helen, is looking forward to putting the plan in place so that more people can benefit from the charity.
Our amiable and inspirational CEO, Monica, became involved in the charity sector by volunteering when she was a student. She has since volunteered as a Trustee of several charities such as Headway Trust and Crossroads Care. Spare time is a rare commodity since becoming a mum in 2012, but when Monica does find the time, she likes to squeeze in some reading (particularly crime fiction), cycling, weightlifting and adding to her growing porcelain and textile collection. "I love working for the charity sector because I firmly believe that when a person is facing challenges, they should be supported by society. Leukaemia CARE has been supporting anyone affected by a blood cancer diagnosis for well over 40 years now, and I feel privileged to be part of this vision."
Care Engagement Officer Nickey Bate, is a caring and supportive staff member who is always there to offer advice, support and a friendly voice at the end of the phone. When she's not walking her dog on crisp, fresh mornings (much to the dog's dislike!), she can be found watching F1 or Marvel films in front of the TV. "I love working for a charity because I find it really rewarding to be able to give something back to people, even if it's just a listening ear. I get a fantastic feeling of job satisfaction knowing that I may have made someone's day a little bit better and their experiences easier to cope with."
Nurse Advisor, Shirley has worked in haematology for over 25 years. With a passion for caring for blood cancer patients and a real interest in the progress of research and new methods of treatment, Shirley is an asset to the Leukaemia CARE team.
With three grown-up children and three grandsons, Shirley is pretty busy balancing spending time with family and renovating a cottage which is hard work but worth it! Cool and collected Shirley is pretty easy going and is eager to continue providing support to patients and carers on the CARE Line. “I wanted to work for because it is an excellent charity that has the focus on improving the life of the patient and their carer.”
Law graduate Zack is our Head of Campaigning and Advocacy and his astute and inquisitive nature is just the ticket to help us represent the views of patients and carers to policy makers. From golf to cricket and skiing, Zack is a real sport-lover, regularly taking on the slopes across Europe. All that action probably explains why he’s not a fan of early mornings! He’s also an avid fan of reading, holidays. Oh and Liverpool FC. “I cannot tolerate injustice and I am passionate about doing everything we can to help patients access better treatment and care. Working for Leukaemia CARE gives me the opportunity to make a difference that I wouldn’t get elsewhere. It’s a humbling and empowering feeling.”