I had a Wilms Tumour as a child – age 3, which led to mine and other parents setting up the legacy charities. I was Chair of NECCR for 10 years previously and have helped to raise over £40m for childhood cancer research since my cancer diagnosis. I am passionate about the charity providing amazing fundraising opportunities and the support we provide to families and their children.
In 2009 my three year old son was diagnosed with cancer and was treated at the great North Children’s Hospital. This gave me a strong desire to fund research to help save lives and find better treatments so that children and their families didn’t have to suffer the pain that we went through. Even though Tom is well now, I am still passionate about making life better for children with cancer.
I believe making a contribution to an established and sincere local cause using the business and financial skills I have developed over 20 years will indirectly make a difference to peoples lives.
My youngest daughter, Katie, fought Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) from a very young age and went through months of treatment. During this time, there was only one thing I wanted for Katie and that was a cure. I wanted to help raise funds for a charity that focused on improving treatments for children.
I am the lead for Leukaemia Treatment and Advanced Cellular Therapies at the Great North Children’s Hospital. Working so closely with families, I see the impact that cancer treatment has on patients and their families.
I was involved in founding both legacy charities (North of England Children’s Cancer Research and Children’s Cancer Fund) 40 years ago and have remained passionate about them ever since.
My role is to ensure the voices of the parents and patients are heard at a charity level. As an advocate for these families I can advise accordingly of services and equipment that can enhance the patient's journey.
I worked as a Staff Nurse on Ward 4 at the Great North Children’s Hospital for 6 years and saw first-hand the positive impact of the work by the CCF and the NECCR on children and young people with cancer and their families. I want to continue to make a difference to children and their families.
Our clinical trials bridge the space between helping patients and families now with quality of life initiatives and helping patients in the future.
When I was 6 months old I was diagnosed with a cancer of the blood vessels which later relapsed when I was 10. My parents were early members of the legacy charity NECCR in the 1980s and I have been a trustee for over 10 years. As a survivor of childhood cancer I owe my life to the research funded here and I am committed to our mission to make life better for children with cancer.