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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...
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.”
Working at Heartlands hospital, Lisa offers support to the Haematology ward. A self-confessed shopaholic, Lisa also loves travelling but, sadly, can’t afford to go as often as she might like. "Working for Leukaemia Care has been a remarkable yet rewarding opportunity. I enjoy working for Leukaemia Care because I get to interact and support patients with blood cancer, at heartlands hospital. All in all, I get to meet incredible people every Wednesday and also have a great team that support me."
Acting as our Regional Coordinator in Scotland, Mairi has recently joined the Leukaemia CARE team. She enjoys walking Basil, her wire haired fox terrier, when she gets the chance as well as reading books on her kindle. She is also a very busy Mum ferrying her kids around to football, karate, gymnastics, fencing, tap dancing while supporting my local football team Dundee FC. “I like the opportunity to be part of something much bigger than myself to help others. I like the fine sense of team spirit and working with an enthusiastic, forward-looking team.”
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."
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.”
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.”