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Funding treatments

By 1989, we appointed our first oncology nurse in response to growing concerns around chemotherapy. We soon grew this team, ready to treat local people. We also continued to fund research, and by 1992, we had founded the Jack Birch Unit at the University of York.

Our minibus service

In 2007, we introduced a vital new service for patients in and around York. Our free minibus service would transport those with cancer to radiotherapy treatments as St James’ Hospital in Leeds, saving stress and money for all those going through treatment. In 2014, a successful fundraising campaign led to a replacement minibus, ensuring ongoing service for years to come.

Looking forward

Though we came from humble beginnings, we’re so happy to have had such a significant impact on the people of York. We are a small team with big aspirations.

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’.

Our general manager Julie Russell works alongside Lauren Hudson, her P.A., Heather Atkinson, our office manager, Nicola Doherty, our office and volunteer administrator, and Helen Watkinson, our retail manager.

They are joined by part-time members of the team including Neil Johnson and Garry Stanton, who share driving duties on our minibus, and Hayley Johnson, our communications manager. In total, we now employ eight full and part-time staff.

New beginnings

Having launched a new brand in 2017, we have smashed our £100,000 fundraising target. In May 2021 we moved to our new headquarters at the York Community Stadium, and will continue to serve the York community for 30 years and beyond.


Mobile chemotherapy unit

£1.3 million

Funding into urological cancers

£15 million

Local cancer care, research and education

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