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.”