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.
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
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 Ian Stevenson and Neil Johnson, who share driving duties on our minibus, and Francine Clee, our communications officer. In total, we now employ eight full and part-time staff.
Having launched a new brand in 2017, we have smashed our £100,000 fundraising target. We’re now looking forward to moving our headquarters to the sprawling new retail complex at Monks Cross, and will continue to serve the York community for 30 years and beyond.
Mobile chemotherapy unit
Funding into urological cancers
Local cancer care, research and education