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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."
Beth, our Campaigns and Advocacy Officer, is pretty geeky when it comes to science, after studying Genetics at the University of York and doing a Masters in Science Communication at the University of Sheffield. But, as her brother likes to say: "what she has in intelligence, she lacks in common sense.” In her spare time, she likes to go to music events (particularly Bruno Mars, who she has seen six times!), spending time with friends and family and dressing over the top. However, not everything puts a smile on Beth’s face, including spiders and being early when all her friends seem to be late. "Leukaemia CARE gives me the opportunity to combine both my love for science and my passion to make a difference to the lives of cancer patients in a full time career as opposed to part-time volunteering as I was doing before.”
An English graduate from Royal Holloway, Communications Officer Caitlin is proficient when it comes to words. Creative writing has been a passion of hers for as long as she can remember and she has even had some of her short stories published. Interestingly, she wrote her first novel when she was seven, which was ‘inspired’ by Tracey Beaker. When she’s not writing, she strengthens her already-existing love for animals by volunteering for the RSPCA. She also has a soft spot for anything Marvel related, especially the Captain America films. “My favourite thing about working for Leukaemia CARE is that I get to put my love for writing to use by helping others. I hope that I can make a real difference whilst working here.”
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."
Nurse Advisor and busy mum of two girls Fiona has worked as a specialist blood cancer nurse for her whole nursing career. She has worked in the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital in London and overseas in New Zealand in all sort of situations, from haematology in-patient wards to haematology outpatient settings. Having lived in New Zealand for seven years, she loves the outdoor lifestyle, love travel, and she is looking forward to trips to Europe. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and also loves reading, if she ever gets the time! Before coming to work at Leukaemia Care, she was a bone marrow transplant Clinical Nurse Specialist. “I’ve always been passionate about caring for people with blood cancer. It’s a really interesting area of medicine with so many new research and medical advancements. I feel privileged to be able to help people affected by blood cancer and their families.”
Since October 2016, Heather has been working for Leukaemia CARE as the Regional coordinator for the South but has been involved with charity work for a lot longer (the best part of 10 years). When it comes to her spare time, her family come first and foremost. However, any time that is left over is split between walking a mad golden retriever and classes down the gym. But, with a strong passion for chocolate, the gym gets cancelled out most of the time! “I enjoy working for LC because I have been down the cancer avenue myself, and want to ensure that patients and their carers get signposted to the relevant support available to them.”
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.
Karen is the Regional Coordinator for the North, helping to raise the awareness of blood cancers in her area. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011 and has benefited personally from the support of charities and support groups in her area. She knows a thing or two about the importance of raising the profile of a charity within the community to ensure patients and carers are aware of the relevant services which can support them. When she’s not gardening or reading, her leisure time is spend with her family or eating out. Bad manners when driving get a thumbs down from Karen as well as negative people who always think the glass is half empty.