The people who keep the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust on track to make sure that the best outcomes for young people are always delivered.
My best Trust moment is saying cheerio to a group of first timers and seeing their huge grins and happiness. As Chair, I work closely with CEO, Frank, to keep an eye on just about everything. I am a retired solicitor.
The Trust has achieved many, many smiles. Not just the smiles of the young people but their families as well. After a trip we often get letters from parents saying ‘thank you’ for giving them their son or daughter back.
I’ll never forget the helming into Cowes at the end of Round Britain 2009 surrounded by a flotilla of wellwishers with a crowd awaiting us. I bring the moment to mind often; it’s like bottled optimism.
As a Consultant Paediatric and Adolescent Oncologist it’s incredible seeing the difference the trips make to young people. I provide advice and guidance to the Trust on medical issues at a strategic and operational level.
I monitor the Trust’s financial health and oversee its financial risk management. I'll always remember on my first trip, hearing young people say how the experience had a positive impact in many different ways.
I climbed Mont Blanc for the Trust in 2018 and spent a lot of time thinking about what young people go through. That really helped spur me on and helped build my own confidence to face my fears on the mountain.
My best moment was watching Moonspray sailing under Tower Bridge on Round Britain 2017 and realising how many lives the Trust had touched. On the Board, I assist with financial matters, investments and fundraising.
I’ve been involved since 2008 supporting on PR and Fundraising. In 2014 I was working away and sorely missed the energy, enthusiasm, young people and the team. So was delighted to be invited to join the Trustees.
I am always amazed how many hundreds of people have benefited from the Trust’s work, and the immeasurable, positive effect it will have on their lives for years to come, when I see all the photos in the Cowes office.
It’s been fantastic seeing my daughter’s self-belief and confidence grow and it’s rubbed off on us as we learn to let go. It’s great to now help increase the Trust’s positive impact for other young people and their families.
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