I am very proud to serve as a trustee for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Thanks to life saving treatment my mother survived AML diagnosed at the age of 57. She lived on for another precious 28 years. The treatment was very tough but I realised how lucky she was and how vital research was in helping more people survive this dreadful disease. Slowly I became involved with LLR through local branches. More recently I began to attend regional meetings as a branch representative and last year was I elected as Regional Chairman which lead to my becoming a trustee.
Being a trustee has many facets. At board meetings I try to help the organisation raise and spend the money raised in the wisest, most effective way for the needs of patients. I try to help make decisions that make us a charity worthy of everyone's trust. I try to help the Board promote ways of raising and allocating funds in the most responsible and effective way and become a charity with deserved influence in the field of blood cancer research and treatment.
The most important thing for me about being a trustee, but it would be the same if I was still just a regular supporter of LLR, is to engage with people about the importance of the work of our charity and the fantastic progress that is being made in the understanding and treatment of blood cancers. Whether it is meeting people when I'm standing in a supermarket with a collecting tin, attending an Open Day or a fundraising event to receive a cheque on behalf of LLR or even just eating cake at a coffee morning - that's what's important.