I didn't set out to become a trustee, it just happened as I was elected as Welsh Regional Chairperson some 16 years ago (I can't believe how time has flown by).
I became involved with Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as many of you did, through a relative, friend or even yourself, being diagnosed with a form of leukaemia. In my case it was my son who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) back in September 1989. After a brave fight, he passed away in March 1992. Along with friends, the Oswestry Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research branch was formed and the rest, as they say, is history.
My reasons for being involved obviously stems from the story above – I want to help wherever or whenever I can, or just be there for those who need assistance.
As a trustee there is a vital role to perform – volunteering time and working as part of a team in charge of a charity, ensuring it is achieving the best possible results from its resources to beat blood cancer, in accordance to its rules and aims.
The importance of the role is immense – to ensure we can beat blood cancer through any means at our disposal for the benefit of all as quickly as possible, so we can all live life to the full.