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

Many of the families we support will have seen our Family Support Worker Joanna dashing about the wards at Nottingham Children’s Hospital, toys and goodies spilling out of her arms. But when she’s not working you might not know Joanna likes travelling around in her campervan, zooming around on her e-bike and even a spot of bodyboarding! Find out more about Joanna in this Q&A…

  • How long have you been working at PASIC?
    Six years – time flies by! In that time it’s been an absolute  privilege to get to know these amazing families and the children who have come out the other side of having cancer, enjoying a healthy life and finding their way again.
  • What do you enjoy most about your job?
    Seeing families having fun together on our trips, and parties, particularly when it’s the first time they’ve  been able to be together as a whole family.

    To be able to help with the smallest of gestures like making a cuppa for a distraught parent and having a chat knowing its made their day slightly more bearable.

    The joy of a smiling child telling you they are going home after they’ve been really poorly and had a long stay in hospital.

    Not recognising a young person who you’ve known right from the start as a small child, because their hair has grown back, their treatment has finished, and they are now taller then you!

Joanna and Tyler

  • What do you like doing when you’re not working?
    Going away with my husband Gary whenever we can in our Campervan  ‘Freddie’- It’s a Mercedes Sprinter van, hence the name ‘Freddie Merc’.

    I also like pottering about in the garden, going for walks and cycling, although I do cheat a little as it’s an E-bike, just in case I need a bit of a boost!

    I’ve always enjoyed swimming and bodyboarding in the Cornish seas much to my 30-year-old son Luke and his cousin Ash’s dismay, as I always insist on using my very old wooden retro bodyboard.

Joanna outside her campervan

  • What’s the one food you cannot resist?
    Has to be chocolate!
  • Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
    I haven’t met anyone famous but when my youngest son Thomas was here he had the absolute delight of meeting Sir David Attenborough when he opened The Attenborough Nature Centre in 2005.  A local reporter was aware that Thomas was a keen bird watcher, spending weekends walking through the reserve with his Nana and Grandad and binoculars in his hand.  So he was one of the VIP’s who got to meet Sir David.

Joanna and Thomas

  • What are you most proud of?
    My two sons.
  • Do you have a favourite quote?
    ‘Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it about learning to dance in the rain’.