Meet the team

  • Paula Da-Silva – Centre Manager

  • I started volunteering for the charity in October 2013 when I got made redundant from my job and wanted to fill my time productively.  My background is predominantly in administration so I offered my help whilst looking for a new job …. and never left! I lost my brother in law to leukaemia after a

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  • Joe Lycett – Charity Ambassador

  • We all know too well the damage and heartache cancer causes, but also how scary and lonely it is for those who have been diagnosed. The Tamworth Wellbeing & Cancer Support Centre is essentially a big box of angels who provide a ton of different support, advice and compassionate care. I’ve visited the centre and

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  • Stuart McIntosh – Chairperson & Trustee

  • Stuart McIntosh is a commercial law solicitor of more than 15 years’ experience. Formerly a police officer, Stuart now heads up the law firm, Four Oaks Legal Services. A few years ago, Stuart worked from offices adjoining the accountancy firm, Brookes Stephens Chartered Accountants, in Lichfield. Brookes Stephens were (and remain) the accountants to the

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  • Adrian Bell – Trustee

  • Having being diagnosed with cancer in 2015 I soon realised what a scary, lonely place that can be. I turned up at the centre and was not only given genuine support and care from the the staff and volunteers but also  practical help from people who have been there and done it. There is always

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  • Cathy Tibbles – Trustee

  • I have been involved in this amazing charity from the very beginning, before we even had a ‘Centre’.  I volunteer in personal tribute to a marvellous friend who was inspirational to me 20 years ago during her illness. I know how important it is to have a place to turn to – somewhere with a

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  • David Palmer – Trustee

  • I am an insurance broker specialising in charities.  I visited the centre in an official capacity and was so impressed I wanted to get involved.  It is the kind of place you come into and never want to leave. Having had experiences within the family of  cancer I understand the difficulties and enjoy being a part

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  • Julia Fallon – Trustee

  • My involvement with the charity began in 2011 when I was a client and received much needed support after my diagnosis with breast cancer.  Upon recovery I then became a volunteer to help others in a similar situation to myself.  I became a Trustee in 2014 when we moved to the new Stonydelph building to

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  • Christine Harris – P.R. & Fundraising Co-ordinator

  • My name is Christine and have been involved with the Centre just prior to it moving to its present venue. I supported fundraising, facilitated free training for the volunteers and did what I could to help in any way. Then one day I had to walk into the centre and announce I had just received

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  • Abbie Jenkins – Volunteer

  • I am a psychology student hoping to work in mental health. I volunteer at TWCSC because it is  great to give back to the community and it helps me gain some experience and more confidence in talking to people in difficult circumstances.  

  • Ann Chesney – Volunteer

  •   My name is Ann I am married with three sons and two grandchildren. Until July 2019 I was working as a HR Manager which involved working closely with people, helping to support them with any issues or concerns they had which helped build relationships and friendships. I have known Julia. one of the trustees,

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  • Becky Easen – Foot Health Practitioner

  • I am a foot health practitioner and qualified nurse.  I became aware of TWCSC through my good friend, Centre Manager Paula. I started volunteering doing clients feet,  it made me happy to think I could help make someone feel better, but the centre has given me so much more back. I have made wonderful friends

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  • Carla Pulley – Holistic Therapist

  • I am a holistic therapist and volunteer at the centre once a month because I see it as a great way to give something back. It’s also very rewarding to be able to help, by providing much needed therapy sessions to those at a time when they need it. The complementary therapies I am able

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  • Clare Prendergast – Holistic Therapist

  • I have been doing holistic therapies for 18 years and have more recently done training in aromatherapy for cancer care. I originally asked to volunteer at TWCSC after I experienced cancer myself and know how hard it can be on the mind and body.  I was lucky enough to receive a couple of back massages

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  • Diane Watkins – Volunteer

  • My name is Diane. Wife, Mom to two boys, proud Nan to three wonderful grandchildren. I am healthy and active, lot to be thankful for. I felt that I wanted to give a few hours a week to volunteering . The Tamworth Wellbeing and Cancer Support Centre has given me in return for my few hours

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  • Elaine Finch – Volunteer

  • My name is Elaine and I have two sons and two granddaughters.  Having had family members and friends affected by cancer it is something close to my heart.  I have only recently joined the team as a volunteer but I really enjoy it.  The atmosphere is so warm and friendly, it is a pleasure to

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  • Hayley Smith – Foot Health Practitioner

  • I am a mum to triplet girls and I qualified as a Foot Health Practitioner in June 2015, but did not start my own business until January 2016. I approached the Centre to volunteer to gain experience and confidence. Both my mum, uncle and mother-in-law have died from Cancer within the last 8 years so

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  • Janet Marsh – Volunteer

  • I was aware of TWCSC long before I became a volunteer because I had attended a few of their fundraising events;  it was very apparent that the manager, trustees and volunteers are all passionate about the service they provide and will go the extra mile to help those who need it. I was also struck

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  • Jo Johnston – Holistic Therapist

  • I have been a beautician and nail technician for over 25 years, adding on to this my training of massage and holistic therapies in the past 10 years. The Tamworth Wellbeing & Cancer Support Centre is a great place to share my skills to help others.  

  • Jo Woodley – Volunteer

  • I have known about TWCSC since my best friend and centre manager Paula started with the charity.   I have always helped her with events that I have attended and really enjoyed doing so and finally Paula suggested I become a volunteer. It’s an amazing centre that deserves all the recognition it can get and I’m

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  • Julie Mountford – Volunteer

  • My name is Julie and I volunteer my time one day a week at the centre and help out with fundraising events. I started off as a client with breast cancer and gained a lot of support from the charity.  When I had recovered I wanted to give something back so decided to become a

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  • Kate Hopkins – Volunteer

  • Hi my name is Kate and having survived cancer myself and feel very grateful for the support I received I felt it was time to give something back and so I started volunteering just over 3 years ago and have never regretted a second of it. I work part time in a nursery school and

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  • Louise Vernon – Fundraising Volunteer

  • 7 years ago at the age of 35 a scared women walked into the cancer centre looking for help after a breast cancer diagnosis, fearful of what the future held for her.  After 9 months of treatment, with many up and downs along the way, I finished treatment, but not my association with the centre. 

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  • Mal Middleton – Volunteer

  • I started volunteering in 2014 because my daughter Paula is the Centre Manager and I wanted to support her.  Her Dad and I are very proud of what she has achieved.  Also,  I am a breast cancer survivor and wanted to give something back.  There wasn’t anywhere to go for support when I was diagnosed

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  • Marianne Croft – Volunteer

  • I began Volunteering at TWCSC because my Mom was poorly with Bladder Cancer. There was nothing I could do to help her so I saw the beginning of the centre and thought I will help her by proxy. She lived near the South Coast so was too far away too even visit often. I began helping and

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  • Paul Da-Silva – Volunteer

  • I became a volunteer to help  because the Centre Manager is my wife and I can see how passionate she is about the charity so I want to support her however I can. I mainly help with I.T. issues, designing promotional materials and also helping out at fundraising events.  I love being a part of

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  • Rebecca James – Headwear Stylist

  • I have been a hairdresser for over 30 years and get a lot out of making people feel good about themselves. I have been a volunteer at TWCSC since 2013 helping people to choose wigs, cutting and styling the wigs, helping with headscarves and shaving people’s hair during chemotherapy.  I chose to become a volunteer

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  • Sharon Rose – Volunteer

  • I am a breast cancer survivor and also I have survived sepsis three times. I found the centre when fundraising myself and looking to see what was available in our community to support people and their families through adversity and ill health. That’s exactly what I found, for me personally, and also I could see

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  • Sue Philbin – Volunteer

  • Hello, my name is Sue and I’m a cancer survivor. When I was going through treatment, I felt very much on my own. I wish there had been a Support Centre in Tamworth when I needed it. Now we have one and I’m so pleased that I can be there to support others, even if it’s

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  • Susan Smith – Holistic Therapist

  • I have had a variety of roles in my work but I enjoyed the holistic therapies the most! I now provide these therapies including Reiki, Indian Head Massage and Reflexology at the centre. I’ve always had a passion for this and after personal circumstances I would like to help other families going through similar difficulties.

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  • Tina Sollis – Volunteer

  • I found TWCSC at a fayre where the aim was to raise awareness for the Centre. I went to get help and support for my Mom after my cancer diagnosis only to discover I needed help and support even more urgently. I found it vital for my battle to regain my health in many ways:-

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  • Val Pipe – Volunteer

  • After my retirement I wanted to do something with my time but I wasn’t sure what.  I then attended a charity event with my sister and stumbled across the Tamworth Wellbeing & Cancer Support Centre.  Coincidentally I used to work with Paula so it was easy to approach her and offer my time as a

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