Who Are We

Mind Over Cancer is a charity that supports the Mental Health of a young person given a cancer diagnosis between the ages of 0 and 29 as well as their family and support network. We understand that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t disappear when treatment stops, so our services are available to these young people and their loved ones at any stage of their life.

We launched in June 2021. Our services are currently available across East Anglia. We hope to expand our services UK-wide in the future Your support and donations will help to make this possible. 

Mind Over Cancer is a charity that supports the Mental Health of a young person given a cancer diagnosis between the ages of 0 and 29 as well as their family and support network. We understand that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t disappear when treatment stops, so our services are available to these young people and their loved ones at any stage of their life.

We launched in June 2021. Our services are currently available across East Anglia. We hope to expand our services UK-wide in the future Your support and donations will help to make this possible. 

When a child, teenager or young adult is diagnosed with cancer it effects the whole family. There isn’t a guidebook on how to get through it and everyone will cope with it in their own way.

A cancer diagnosis can bring different thoughts and feelings at different stages of a person’s life both during and after treatment.  This is normal and for those who are living with the diagnosis it is just as important for them to look after their mental health as it is their physical health. Talking about these thoughts and feelings when a person is ready to is very important… For many this could be years after treatment ends.

When a child, teenager or young adult is diagnosed with cancer it effects the whole family. There isn’t a guidebook on how to get through it and everyone will cope with it in their own way.

A cancer diagnosis can bring different thoughts and feelings at different stages of a person’s life both during and after treatment.  This is normal and for those who are living with the diagnosis it is just as important for them to look after their mental health as it is their physical health. Talking about these thoughts and feelings when a person is ready to is very important… For many this could be years after treatment ends.

When a child, teenager or young adult is diagnosed with cancer it effects the whole family. There isn’t a guidebook on how to get through it and everyone will cope with it in their own way.

A cancer diagnosis can bring different thoughts and feelings at different stages of a person’s life both during and after treatment.  This is normal and for those who are living with the diagnosis it is just as important for them to look after their mental health as it is their physical health. Talking about these thoughts and feelings when a person is ready to is very important… For many this could be years after treatment ends.

Meet our Amazing Team!

Our Team

Susie Shaw

Susie Shaw

Founder & Chief Executive

With over 25 years’ experience working within the NHS and charity sector I have a desire for delivering a professional, supportive and much needed service that supports both cancer and mental health.

Over the years I have met many young people who are living with a childhood/young adult cancer diagnosis.  What I soon learnt from these wonderful people was that it’s the whole family and support network who live with the diagnosis and it’s something that lasts for life…not just during treatment.

I’m incredibly proud to be leading Mind Over Cancer as it starts on its journey. Running the charity and delivering the Mental Health Support programme is an honour. Becoming a counsellor and Mental Health First Aid instructor I soon learnt how important it is to talk and share.  Encouraging people to grow in confidence to talk about both cancer and mental health is both a vision and a passion of mine.  Making these topics become an everyday conversation is essential.  Now more than ever we need to learn to look after our own mental health as well those around us.

Susie

Helen Bearfield

Helen Bearfield

Community Engagement Lead

Having been involved in the wild and wonderful world of fundraising for the past 30 years; including setting up a successful small regional charity and working with established charities great and small, I am delighted to be using my experience for such a brilliant new venture. Mind Over Cancer meets an urgent need for young people affected by cancer, and those around them, and is necessary now more than ever. My 13 years of experience working with teenagers and young adults with cancer, has proven to me how significantly cancer impacts on their emotional wellbeing.

We have heard the notion that “It takes a whole village to raise a child”, similarly, it takes a whole community to raise awareness, and then funds to enable young people and their families to access this vital service. With no statutory funding, Mind Over Cancer relies on charitable donations and we hope to engage the wider community to help us reach our first milestone – £50,000. There are so many ways you can support us and I am looking forward to helping make that happen.

Helen

Contact Helen at: helen@mindovercancer.org.uk

Our Mind Over Cancer Counselling team at JHD

Sara

Sara

Bereavement, Trauma

Vicki

Vicki

Anxiety, Child related issues, Miscarriage, Pregnancy and birth, Stress, Trauma, Young People 13-25

Theresa

Theresa

Abuse, Body Image, Children & Young People, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Rape & Sexual Assault, Safeguarding, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Stress, Sudden & Traumatic Death, Suicide

Juliete

Juliete

Bereavement, young people 13-25, cultural challenges, panic attacks, spirituality

Rachel

Rachel

Cognitive-Behavioural, Internal Family Systems therapies, Children and Young People, 4 years +

Claire

Claire

Young People 13-25

Jackie

Jackie

Autism, Bereavement, Children & Young People, Mental Health

Jane

Jane

Horticultural/Nature Therapy, young people 13-25

Ellie

Ellie

Abuse – Sexual, Abuse – Physical, Abuse – Emotional, Abuse – Domestic, Anxiety, Bullying, Cancer, Depression, Loneliness, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Mental health, OCD, Self-harm, Stress, Work related stress, Young people 13-25

Rosalind

Rosalind

Cancer, Infertility, Miscarriage, Trauma, Phobias, EFT, Living with Serious Disease

Brenda

Brenda

Career support, Stress, Work related stress

Ciaran

Ciaran

Anxiety, Children & Young People, Depression, Emotional Abuse, Identity, Mental Health, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Self-Harm, Sexuality, Stress

Carolina

Carolina

Abuse – Domestic, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Discrimination, Loneliness, Mental health, StressCareer support, Stress, Work related stress

Maurhys

Maurhys

Children and young people, working with families, LGBTQ community, attachment.

Carolina

Carolina

Abuse – Domestic, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Discrimination, Loneliness, Mental health, StressCareer support, Stress, Work related stress

Our Trustees

Sue Morgan MBE

Sue Morgan MBE

Chair of Trustees

My name is Sue Morgan.  I am a qualified adult and children’s nurse qualifying in Cardiff in 1979 and 1982.  I have worked with children and young people with cancer most of my working life, and have had leadership roles in teenage and young adult care for the past 30 years.

My passion has always been about ensuring that the young people get expert, age appropriate cancer care; anything that will help them on their cancer experience being provided.  Along the way I have learned that children and young people with cancer and their families have little access to formalised counselling sessions.  If they are really struggling, and we are fortunate enough to have one, they may have access to psychologist.  But, there is no provision through the NHS for professional counselling, which may well lessen the need for such input.

When Susie (Founder & Chief Executive) talked to me about setting up this charity I immediately knew that this type of service would fill a big void in supportive care for the children and young people who have/have had cancer, families and carers.  It would help them so much to have the tools to cope with the challenges that such a diagnosis brings; easing the burden.  It will also dovetail perfectly with the NHS services.

This is a much-needed service and I feel privileged to be a Trustee.

Sue

Elizabeth Hirst

Elizabeth Hirst

Trustee

My name is Elizabeth Hirst and I qualified as a social worker from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2001. Since then I have worked in a variety of safeguarding, family support and assessment roles as both an advanced practitioner and manager.

I was asked to support Mind Over Cancer as a trustee and lead on safeguarding issues.

While my background is not charity or nursing based,  my experiences over the years in social care have highlighted the necessity for joined up and holistic services for children, young people and their families through times of crises.

I was drawn to Mind Over Cancer  as I feel it provides a service which is currently lacking for young people and their families and crucially it provides this service at the time when it is needed most,  within weeks of even days of it being requested. It is unique and very much needed.

In terms of my own role and contribution to Mind Over Cancer, I  hope I can add my expertise, ideas and experience as well as ensuring that all those who access it, in whatever capacity,  are afforded a ‘safe service’ at every level.

I feel proud and honoured to be part of such an exciting, enthusiastic  and dedicated team of professionals and look forward to seeing how this provision develops and grows.

Elizabeth

Steve Walder

Steve Walder

Trustee

It’s a privilege to be a part of this brilliant Charity idea from the incredible Susie Shaw.  The opportunity to be involved was something I jumped at following a long career in the Financial Services industry.  I have held a long ambition to work in the not for profit sector and to use my career and life experience to help others.

The themes that are addressed by Mind Over Cancer, involving mental health and wellbeing, are close to my heart and affect many of us in life.  I look forward to helping to deliver support to as many people as we can, as the Charity grows.

Steve

Dave Shaw

Dave Shaw

Trustee

As a building services engineer with over 23 years of working directly for the NHS alongside medical and clinical colleagues and a further 9 years within the charity sector leading on the delivery of services for teenagers and young adults with cancer, I recognise the need for the essential services that Mind Over Cancer will provide and am proud to be part of this charity.

There remains a huge gap in service for those young people who have been unfortunate enough to have cancer, or have had cancer. There is little help available for those who are supporting young people through cancer, never mind the significant effects it can have on family and friends who can suffer life long effects of a family members’ or friends’ cancer diagnosis.

I’m determined to help support these disadvantaged groups and help create a charity that truly listens to what is needed and support all of those living with the long lasting impact that both cancer and mental health can have.

Dave

Our Ambassadors

Carol Harmston-Dean

Carol Harmston-Dean

Ambassador

Carol qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2007. During the early years post qualification Carol worked as a school and college counsellor in various education institutions as well as building up a small private practice. As a qualified teacher Carol worked as a counselling tutor and trainer for a number of counselling training colleges.

In 2013 Carol set up JHD counselling services with the ethos of developing a team of counsellors in private practice all with different specialisms to be able to ensure each and every client would be matched to the most appropriate therapist in the team. As the team grew clients were able to be allocated to right counsellor based on gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality etc as well as specialist area.

In 2014 JHD formed its counselling training centre offering all courses from level 1 intro right through to level 4 diploma and qualification in to the profession. JHD also offered a range of CPD courses for counsellors as well as various bespoke training workshops for schools, colleges, charities and businesses.

JHD has gone from strength to strength and today counselling wise works with schools, colleges, Cambridge university, charities, EAP’s and occupational health’s as well as private practice. The training centre boasts the grade of Outstanding with commendation from an external verifier report consecutively for the last 3 years.

Although grown in size and has a large number of counsellors/tutors/admin staff etc Carol prides JHD as being a ‘family’ and has never lost sight of its humble beginnings. It is very important to Carol that the motto of ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ is at the heart of JHD’s work and that the company remains the UK’s quickest and responsive counselling service.

On joining Mind Over Cancer as the very first ambassador, Carol said:

“I am delighted and somewhat humbled to be MOC’s first ambassador. It is a huge privilege and as such I will carry out the role with the honour it bestows.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience in mental health I will ensure that each and every person accessing the charity gets the help, support and care required to suit their individual needs. My organisation JHD works to the motto of one size doesn’t fit all and as such am experienced in tailoring and delivering bespoke services treating every person as a unique individual. JHD s aim is to be the UKs quickest responsive service and as such pledge that the support required will be delivered with great speed, effective and efficient with an extremely high level of professionalism”.

Carol

Carol Harmston-Dean

Carol Harmston-Dean

Ambassador

Carol qualified as an integrative counsellor in 2007. During the early years post qualification Carol worked as a school and college counsellor in various education institutions as well as building up a small private practice. As a qualified teacher Carol worked as a counselling tutor and trainer for a number of counselling training colleges.

In 2013 Carol set up JHD counselling services with the ethos of developing a team of counsellors in private practice all with different specialisms to be able to ensure each and every client would be matched to the most appropriate therapist in the team. As the team grew clients were able to be allocated to right counsellor based on gender, age, ethnicity, sexuality etc as well as specialist area.

In 2014 JHD formed its counselling training centre offering all courses from level 1 intro right through to level 4 diploma and qualification in to the profession. JHD also offered a range of CPD courses for counsellors as well as various bespoke training workshops for schools, colleges, charities and businesses.

JHD has gone from strength to strength and today counselling wise works with schools, colleges, Cambridge university, charities, EAP’s and occupational health’s as well as private practice. The training centre boasts the grade of Outstanding with commendation from an external verifier report consecutively for the last 3 years.

Although grown in size and has a large number of counsellors/tutors/admin staff etc Carol prides JHD as being a ‘family’ and has never lost sight of its humble beginnings. It is very important to Carol that the motto of ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ is at the heart of JHD’s work and that the company remains the UK’s quickest and responsive counselling service.

On joining Mind Over Cancer as the very first ambassador, Carol said:

“I am delighted and somewhat humbled to be MOC’s first ambassador. It is a huge privilege and as such I will carry out the role with the honour it bestows.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience in mental health I will ensure that each and every person accessing the charity gets the help, support and care required to suit their individual needs. My organisation JHD works to the motto of one size doesn’t fit all and as such am experienced in tailoring and delivering bespoke services treating every person as a unique individual. JHD s aim is to be the UKs quickest responsive service and as such pledge that the support required will be delivered with great speed, effective and efficient with an extremely high level of professionalism”.

Carol

Ella Bordoli-Marsh

Ella Bordoli-Marsh

Ambassador

Hi, my name is Ella – I’m a primary school teacher and live in Suffolk. In my free time I love making homemade pizza; solving an escape room with a group of friends; and binge-watching a good boxset with my husband.

Mind Over Cancer is such an important charity that I am so proud to be a part of. My now-husband, Luke, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma when we just started dating at the age of 17. Almost 12 years later, Luke and I are now married! However, the hardships and things we went through during that period significantly affected me and my mental health for a long time. I am so grateful to be at a point in my life where I can tell my story and maybe help other people by sharing my experiences.

Ella

Luke Bordoli-Marsh

Luke Bordoli-Marsh

Ambassador

Hi, my name is Luke – I’m a mental health nurse treating and caring for young people with eating disorders who are hospitalised. In my spare time I wind down by gaming with my friends online, listening to The 1975, as well as travelling abroad with my wife. Mind Over Cancer is such an important charity that I am immensely proud to be a part of. When I was 17, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma which had attacked several bones in my body. I am now fully recovered and out of remission, however I still have chronic back pain which reminds me of what I went through. I am incredibly grateful to be able to share my stories, hopefully helping others and showing that there can be positive outcomes.

Luke

Ella Bordoli-Marsh

Ella Bordoli-Marsh

Ambassador

Hi, my name is Ella – I’m a primary school teacher and live in Suffolk. In my free time I love making homemade pizza; solving an escape room with a group of friends; and binge-watching a good boxset with my husband.

Mind Over Cancer is such an important charity that I am so proud to be a part of. My now-husband, Luke, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma when we just started dating at the age of 17. Almost 12 years later, Luke and I are now married! However, the hardships and things we went through during that period significantly affected me and my mental health for a long time. I am so grateful to be at a point in my life where I can tell my story and maybe help other people by sharing my experiences.

Ella

What We Do

The mental wellbeing of young  people diagnosed with cancer and their support network is at the heart of everything we do

FAQ

You may have lots of questions about the support we can provide, check out our FAQ to answer your queries:

What We Do

The mental wellbeing of young  people diagnosed with cancer and their support network is at the heart of everything we do

FAQ

You may have lots of questions about the support we can provide, check out our FAQ to answer your queries:

What We Do

The mental wellbeing of young  people diagnosed with cancer and their support network is at the heart of everything we do

FAQ

You may have lots of questions about the support we can provide, check out our FAQ to answer your queries:

Become a Volunteer and join us!

If you have some time to offer and would like to get involved in the day-to-day operations at Mind Over Cancer, we would love to hear from you! We’re new here, so can’t really describe what your time as a volunteer may look like, but what we can tell you is that you’ll be helping to make real change where Mental Health meets Cancer… and we think that is amazing!

Become a Volunteer and join us!

If you have some time to offer and would like to get involved in the day-to-day operations at Mind Over Cancer, we would love to hear from you! We’re new here, so can’t really describe what your time as a volunteer may look like, but what we can tell you is that you’ll be helping to make real change where Mental Health meets Cancer… and we think that is amazing!

Become a Volunteer and join us!

If you have some time to offer and would like to get involved in the day-to-day operations at Mind Over Cancer, we would love to hear from you! We’re new here, so can’t really describe what your time as a volunteer may look like, but what we can tell you is that you’ll be helping to make real change where Mental Health meets Cancer… and we think that is amazing!