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

Our team

Our staff team is based in Nottingham and Leicester but the work we do reaches out to families all over the East Midlands to make sure we’re doing the best we can for families living with childhood cancer. Do get in touch if you have any queries, would like support or would like to support PASIC!


Louise Whittle

Operations and Fundraising Manager
I joined the PASIC team in April 2015.  I'm passionate about supporting children with cancer and their families as well as raising awareness about childhood cancer and related issues.  My daughter was treated for Neuroblastoma at Nottingham Children’s Hospital so I understand the difficulties facing families and just how essential a lifeline PASIC is when times are tough.  I’m excited about building relationships with supporters in the local community and developing the role of volunteers further so we can help more families than ever in the future. Please get in touch if you’d like to help us in any way, or if you simply want to know more about what we do.

Joanna Beaumont

Family Support Worker
I became part of the PASIC team in February 2015. As a parent myself of a child who was diagnosed with cancer in 2001 I can totally relate to the fears and emotions that parents experience and the ripple effect this has on the rest of the family and friends. My previous work for nine years has been in a Pastoral Support role in a senior school setting. I have also volunteered as a Support Worker for two different charities, CRUSE Bereavement and Treetops Family Bereavement Team. Out of my own personal loss it is the right time for me to put my life skills, personal/professional experience and knowledge into this rewarding, and unique role to support these amazing families, children/young people in any way that I can.

Maria Reape

Family Support Worker Leicester
I’m the Family Support Worker based on Ward 27 where children and young people with cancer are treated at the Leicester Infirmary. My role is an exciting new opportunity in Leicestershire for PASIC working with the families, children, and young people under 18 with cancer. In 2010 my son was diagnosed with cancer and treated on the ward here, so I know what life’s like. I feel I can empathise with families who find themselves in this devastating situation. I hope that together, we can strengthen the PASIC family throughout the East Midlands.

Heidi Bucknall

Admin and Events Co-ordinator
I first came on board as a PASIC teenage rep. because I wanted to give something back to PASIC for all the trips and activities they arranged when I was having treatment.  I became very involved with PASIC as a volunteer and later joined the staff team as Events and Admin Assistant. The range of activities and events we’re offering is growing to meet the different needs of families; we’re also trying to reach out to families across a broader geographical area so my job’s very busy but fun too!