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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...
Our regional coordinator for South Wales, Laura, is a positive and bubbly person with a passion for travel (although, this has been put on the back burner since having her son). She has been fortunate to have lived in New Zealand & Australia along with travelling California & Japan, to name just a few. In recent years, she loves nothing more than to have fun and adventurous days out with her son, with the aim of giving him as many experiences as possible as he grows up. “Working for Leukaemia Care has given me the opportunity to help those who need it. With my events background, I am able to set up support groups across South Wales and reach out to those needing support. To be part of a positive and passionate team is a pleasure.”
Coming to Leukaemia CARE as a Journalism graduate, patient information officer Lauren has a keen eye for style and substance. Fashion, clothes and shopping in general are at the top of Lauren’s likes – which is pretty evident from the size of her wardrobe – while she has no time for people without compassion, salad cream and overly hot weather. “From experience, I know the positive impact a charity can make on someone’s life. Being able to work with a group of great people to aid in making a difference to the patients, carers and families affected by blood cancer is well worth the hard work.”
Our amiable and inspirational Chief Operating Officer, 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."
Campaigns and Advocacy Officer Nick, likes to keep busy and be among others, including his family and dog (even when he is moulting). When he’s trying to avoid going shopping and it’s not raining, Nick likes to spend time in the garden and walking up hills (unless it’s a Sunday, in which case, he’s probably sleeping in). For a treat, Nick is partial to a slice of cake, but will certainly turn his nose away from anything containing goat or marmite!
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."
Our communications manager Nicole is hot on the button when it comes to social media. Smelly candles, current affairs and sweets all get the thumbs up from Nicole but, when she’s not watching trashy TV, she can be found telling funny (well funny to her, at least) anecdotes instead. “I like working for Leukaemia Care as we have an impact on people’s lives at a time they never expected to experience.”
Whale obsessed Sara is our community fundraiser with a love for cheese, sweets and chocolate. She has seen humpbacks and false killer whales in the wild but dreams that one day she will be able to see Orcas. Being such a lover of whales, Sara does not take kindly to Sea World and also hates fish and milk. “I like working at Leukaemia CARE because it gives me the opportunity to help people with this terrible disease and make a difference in a small way by helping people raise funds. Listening and supporting people going through a difficult time is rewarding.”
Well-travelled Shirley, our regional coordinator North East, enjoys silk painting but stays well clear of dogs (a fear she is currently working on). Coming from a clinical nursing background, the basis of which involved helping people often during the most difficult period in their lifetime, she had been a nurse for over 30 years before joining the Leukaemia Care team. “I specifically wanted to work in the charity sector because I consider it an opportunity for personal fulfilment, and because I believe I have many transferable skills which could be of benefit for patients, carers, professionals and the organisation.”
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.”