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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

General Manager
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

Office & Accounts Manager
Accounts Manager 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."

Helen Watkinson

Helen Watkinson

Retail Manager
Helen manages our shops in Huntington and at York Hospital. Helen says she is excited to bring her experience in both mainstream and charity retail together. She loves to get involved with buying and meet the people York Against Cancer is helping.

Francine Clee

Francine Clee

Public Relations & Communications Officer
PR & Communications Officer Francine looks after our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. She also writes our e-newsletters and our twice-yearly print newsletters. She is responsible for getting stories into the local media about the great work we do and the inspiring people who make it all happen.

Nicola Doherty

Nicola Doherty

Office & Volunteer Administrator
Office & Volunteer Administrator 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

PA to the General Manager
Lauren joined us in early 2020 and her job is to organise the working day of our general manager, Julie Russell. 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."

Ian Stevenson

Ian Stevenson

Minibus Driver
Ian joined the team in 2010, transporting passengers to their vital radiotherapy appointments as part of our free minibus service. He says: “I very much enjoy my role, not just the driving; it’s the many wonderful people I meet, and some great characters.”

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!”


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.

New beginnings

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.

£700,000

Mobile chemotherapy unit

£1.3 million

Funding into urological cancers

£15 million

Local cancer care, research and education

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