Young cancer survivor and lead nurse join charity as new trustees

A young cancer survivor and a lead nurse have both joined a leading cancer charity as trustees.

Harry Howard and Rachel Hollis FCRN have been appointed as trustees at CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for young cancer patients and their families.

Harry, 22, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain tumour in 2011 and due to the support he received from CLIC Sargent he became a part of the charity’s Children and Young People’s Advisory Group, and later the Young Person’s Reference Group.

He said: “I’m very happy to be joining the board of trustees. From the moment of my cancer diagnosis five years ago, CLIC Sargent were there to provide help and support to my family and I. They have been a huge part of my life ever since, and I’m just one of thousands of children and young people who are supported by this wonderful charity every year.

“If there’s one thing above all else that makes me so excited to be joining the trustee board, it’s the chance to represent thousands of young people, all of whom have differing views and experiences of cancer. It is certainly an immense responsibility, but one that I am proud to take on.

“In the years ahead, and with the continuing hard work of its staff and supporters, CLIC Sargent can extend their support to every young person who receives the life changing news of a cancer diagnosis. I want as many young people as possible to benefit from the help which I received”

Rachel Hollis is Lead Nurse for Children’s Cancer and Matron for Haematology and Oncology in the Leeds Children’s Hospital. She has spent almost 30 years working in paediatric oncology and haematology in the acute sector.

Throughout her career she has played an active role in the development of children’s cancer nursing, and children’s cancer services, at the national level.

She said: “ I am delighted to be joining CLIC Sargent as a Trustee. I have worked as a children’s cancer nurse for many years; I have seen the charity grow and develop over that time, and feel privileged to ve given the opportunity to contribute to its work.

“CLIC Sargent have always provided great support to children, young people and their families. They have formed productive partnerships with health care professionals in the field, and I have been particularly impressed with the development of their nursing programme.

“They have become a strong voice in lobbying for excellence in services at a national level, and I look forward to seeing this aspect of the charity’s work continue to grow.”

CLIC Sargent Chair of Trustees Peter Hollins said: “I and the rest of the Board are very much looking forward to working with Harry and Rachel. Harry will be the second young person affected by cancer to join the board and that is very important to us, while Rachel’s knowledge and experience will be vital in helping the charity fight for young lives affected by cancer.”

For more information, an interview or images please contact Nick Edmondson on 020 8752 2856 or email nick.edmondson@clicsargent.org.uk. Outside office hours please call 08448 481189.

About cancer in children and young people

Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.

About CLIC Sargent

When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

Note to sub editors

Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.

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