When the opportunity arose to become a trustee I was completely in shock and also quite scared of what lay ahead…
In 2006, my Mum Susan was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia and it wasn’t until 2009 that I felt the urge to do something, anything that would help. After some searching on the internet, I stumbled across LLR and found out that the research into the wonder drug Mum is taking, Glivec, was carried out by them.
Now after 18 months, I have absolutely no regrets and it was the right decision to make. Being a trustee of the charity is a real privilege. I enjoy the challenge of being legally responsible for an organisation, which is making amazing advances, whilst also learning from the wisdom and experience of both my fellow trustees and the incredible staff team.
Being a trustee has been a great experience so far, and has taken me on a fantastic journey. It has been an extremely steep learning curve but one I am able to cope with as the other Trustees have such a wide skill set and knowledge base, that there is always someone who can guide me. My confidence has grown, as has my ability to speak out and ask questions.
Being one of the youngest on the board, I certainly don’t have decades of experience to draw on, but I can bring my enthusiasm, an open mind and my passion to beat blood cancer to the table.
The next 18 months look to be a very exciting time and in the future when my tenure is up, I don’t know whether I’ll be able to let go. One thing I do know is that I will definitely be filling in the application form to apply for the role again!
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