Charlie’s – For All Those Lives Affected by Cancer

Meet the team

Joanne

Director

Jo manages Charlie’s Centre, the day to day Operations and the Development plan, she is also an experienced therapist offering Reiki treatments.

Read Jo’s story…

I was aged only 31 when I found a lump and was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.  As soon as you find a lump you think the worst but the diagnosis still comes as quite a shock.

The following nine months were filled with surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and an endless schedule of appointments.

I was blessed with amazing support from my family and friends, but once you get into a routine of appointments, everyone else goes back to their lives understandably.  I felt that my family could have done with some emotional support but at the time there was nothing available.

My sense of loss came after all my appointments had come to an end, you’re initially elated as you’ve reached the end, but you are not sure what to do next, not sure who you are without the cancer (it defines you for a while) and returning to work felt so frightening.  I was not the same person, cancer had changed me.

Over the next couple of years, I left my job and retrained as a Holistic Therapist specialising in Reiki something I had always had an interest in. Reiki really helped me to understand who I was again and find inner peace.

In 2014 I was chatting to some friends about how lovely it would be to have somewhere to go so others didn’t feel quite so lost.  So in March 2014 Charlie’s opened its first session…………. 

I have now been in remission for 15 years but “cancer completely changed my life”.  However, my life changed for the better, leading me to opening Charlie’s to help others cope with the effects of living with cancer.


– Joanne x

 

Kelly

Trustee

Kelly, a Cancer Nurse Specialist, works at both our Gloucestershire hospitals. She helps Charlie’s to understand what support services are needed, and takes information about Charlie’s provision back to the consultants, clinics and patients that need us.

Sally

Secretary

Sally is our board Secretary, ensuring everything discussed is captured.  Sally also heads up our regular Cinema gatherings.

Maddy

Forest Team

Maddy runs our satellite in Littledean, and as a member of Charlie’s brings her member experience to represent our members needs.

Annie

Centre Deputy

Annie is the Centre Deputy and is on hand to help wherever needed.  Annie thoroughly enjoys upcycling items and manages our shop and on-line holistic and wellbeing goods.

Ness

Families & Youth Worker

I have always been passionate about ensuring that young people have an advocate, voice and someone who is mutual so that the have the support they need to navigate through adolescents equipped for their future. 

After a personal experience and becoming aware that children and young people were dismissed in the emotional support and awareness when someone was diagnosed with cancer, I seeked to work within this area.  Ensuring that they are able to feel their emotional, physical and wellbeing needs are noticeable within the situation.  

Ensuring support for the emotional and wellbeing impacts of a family members cancer diagnoses and maintaining their need for an advocate, I have been working with children, young people and families affected by cancer for 10 years and passionate about continuing to support and promote the wellbeing of children and young people affected by cancer. 

Andy

Trustee

Andy is a keen and involved Trustee of Charlie’s on hand to give financial advice.  Andy also puts his hand to anything we need whether it be painting, laying flooring, watering plants and a support to the team and members.