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About Us

We are a small, independent, local charity. Over the last three decades we have raised more than £15 million to make a difference to the lives of local people affected by cancer.

We provide practical help and support for patients and their families living with cancer in York, North and East Yorkshire. We fund vital research and education to prevent and cure cancer in the future.

We are supported by businesses, organisations, groups, schools and individuals. Together, we really do make a difference to the lives of local people.

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Meet The Team

Julie Russell

Julie Russell

Chief Executive Officer
Julie is responsible for the strategic management of the charity and driving York Against Cancer forward. She has been in post since 2006 and says she considers herself lucky to have such a worthwhile and rewarding job.

Heather Atkinson

Heather Atkinson

Deputy CEO and Head of Finance
As Deputy CEO and Head of Finance, Heather keeps our house in order. She says: "Being part of such a small, local organisation means I get to be involved in most aspects of the charity. I consider myself very privileged to enjoy such a varied and rewarding job."

Nicola Doherty

Nicola Doherty

Head of Office Administration & Volunteer Co-ordinator
Head of Office Administration & Volunteer Co-ordinator Nicola oversees the day to day operations of York Against Cancer – we’d be lost without her! She says: “It is lovely speaking to people who use York Against Cancer’s services and the fabulous fundraisers who help to make these things happen."

Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

Head of Fundraising and Executive Assistant
Lauren joined us in early 2020, she says: "I have really enjoyed becoming a part of the York Against Cancer family, getting to know the team, the volunteers and the people we support."

Hayley Johnson

Head of Engagement
Hayley has over 15 years marketing experience working mostly within the charity sector. She enjoys finding creative ways to articulate the work of York Against Cancer to inspire fundraisers, supporters and donors to get involved.

Jill Hutchinson

Head of Retail
Jill joined the team to manage and develop the York Against Cancer retail outlets at York Stadium and York Hospital. Jill will work alongside volunteers, manage online sales and will be responsible for choosing and purchasing new stock. Jill says, "I've already met a lot of the volunteers and know there's many more to meet. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming. I'm really looking forward to working with the volunteers - their contribution to York Against Cancer is invaluable."

Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson

Minibus Driver
Neil is a former police armed response officer. When he retired, he was intending to take six months off, until he spotted our ad for a minibus driver. He said: “I love this job. I had more people saying thanks in the first week here than I had had in the previous 30 years!”

Garry Stanton

Minibus Driver
Garry has had a varied career including 23 years in the police force, starting his working life in the Royal Navy as a missileman on board the HMS Brilliant. Garry added ‘I really enjoy meeting new people and giving a little bit back to the community which I find very rewarding’.


We want to say a big Thank You

Thanks to your help, we've managed to achieve all this since 1987.

£1 million

Research project into bladder cancer

200

Families sent on respite breaks each year

17,500

Miles covered by our free minibus service

Need to contact us?

Call us on 01904 764 466 and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.

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