Supporting families of children and young
 people with cancer in the East Midlands

We’re delighted to welcome Simaran Johal to the PASIC board of trustees.

At the age of 24 Simaran becomes PASIC’s youngest ever trustee, following a period of volunteering for the charity over the summer.

As well as bringing a young person’s perspective, Simaran  also brings her own valuable experience, having been supported by PASIC , when diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, aged 5.

Currently less than 3% of charity trustees are under 30, something the Young Trustees Movement is hoping to change.

PASIC Chief Executive Louise Towse says: “As a charity supporting young people we feel it’s vital to have the insight of a young person nearer in age of those we support.

“We’d been looking for the right person to join our board as a young trustee for a while, so when Simaran joined us for a three month internship in Spring 2021 the whole team felt she would make an excellent trustee. We were delighted when Simaran agreed!

“It’s also great to have the perspective of a young person who has been diagnosed with cancer and received PASIC support.

“We know Simaran will be a real asset to our fantastic board of trustees.”

Simaran will be joining seven other members of the board who, alongside a volunteer treasurer, play a vital role in the running of the charity, making important high-level decisions.

Speaking about become a PASIC trustee Simaran said: “I hope to be able to bring perspective as a young person who was previously supported by PASIC in my childhood. Having experienced the great things PASIC do I’m excited to take a role as a trustee to be a bigger part of the charity!

“I believe I will be able to share experiences of growing up and the pressures which young people experience generally which a cancer diagnosis exacerbates, and how we as a charity can help bring some respite and help them and their family through a tough time.”