DCCF’s Patrons

Mr Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp is a well known figure in Dorset, having been both a player and manager at Bournemouth Football Club. Living in Sandbanks with his wife Sandra, Harry is also an enthusiastic charity supporter.

Mr Jeff Mostyn

Jeff Mostyn is a well known and respected figure as the Chairman of AFC Bournemouth.  With limited resources, under his aegis, and with his backing and support, the “Cherries” as they are affectionately known, have risen to the Barclays Premier League.

Passionate about any cause he embraces, Jeff says “”I was honoured when the trustees of DCCF asked me to become the charity’s Patron and I accepted without hesitation. As well as causing physical suffering, cancer can place huge financial pressures on families. But DCCF has made it its mission to ease those financial burdens for as many people as possible and I intend to help the charity do that. We all know someone who has experienced cancer and many of us have lost loved ones to it.”

Away from football, Jeff is a family man, having been married to Rose for 34 years and they have two children.

Mr James Pain MS, FRCS

I am a recently retired Consultant General Surgeon who was based at Poole Hospital for the past 25 years. Having qualified at Guy’s Hospital I was subsequently trained at St Georges and King’s College Hospitals in London. The majority of my work at Poole Hospital was involved with the treatment of cancer especially breast, pancreatic and melanoma. It has been a privilege and humbling experience to look after so many patients. I am married and have six children. Grandchildren are now starting to appear!

Throughout my career there have been dramatic changes in the management of cancer with better treatments and improved results. There has been an increasing realisation of the importance of supporting the patients and their families not just during the period of treatment but in the longer term. There are many charities supporting cancer care, but DCCF is our own foundation for Dorset. I wholeheartedly back its aims and I am delighted to be a patron.

DCCF’s Trustees

Christopher John Thomas BSc (Hons) Mech Eng

I am a mechanical engineer by training and have worked in many different industries before becoming a director of Hanson plc in the nineties. I led a management buy-out from Hanson in 1997 and am now involved in several companies as Chairman and bring extensive business experience to the Foundation. I am married with 3 grown-up children. Hobbies include flying, both fixed wing and rotary aircraft, boating and motor cycling.

Eve Went RGN, OND

I qualified as an Ophthalmic Nurse when I was 17 years old and under took my state-registered training immediately afterwards. After qualifying I worked in the Acute Accident and Emergency Department and then on to an Orthopaedic Ward.

As I had a passion for travel I joined British Airways as a stewardess and combined my nursing skills as a paramedic on board.

I am entrepreneurial and have established many successful ventures including setting up an estate agency, domestic agencies and nursing homes. Two years ago I sold my learning disabilities homes and am currently employed as a business director. I also support my husband with his garden centres. I believe I am very dedicated, enjoy challenges and am very person-centred, and my energy and tenacity will help to ensure that the Foundation will be a success.

Six years ago I was suddenly taken ill with a serious auto-immune disease which apparently was triggered by cancer cells. This resulted in me requiring chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery and it turned my life upside down. Nevertheless I had the advantage of being a trained nurse and having an exceptional group of friends surrounding me. This experience made me realise how fortunate I was and I believe supported me in my decision, along with the loss of my brother to cancer, to get the foundation off the ground along with three other proactive trustees.

The Foundation is to support people who are not as fortunate as me and since my experience I have met many people who would have benefited from our foundation. Last year I was involved in organising a charity ball which we were fortunate enough to be nominated for an award, raising over 25K. Due to the success of the event, I believe this was the trigger personally for me to commit myself to going forward with the foundation and although it is in its infancy I have high expectations for the journey it will take us on.

Pam Jeffries RN

I trained as a nurse in the sixties at The Middlesex Hospital in the West End of London, and then married my husband, Mike, a month after qualifying. We moved to Surrey, where I worked in the local hospital as a Staff Nurse, but soon realised that I would prefer to work in the Community, so returned to College for a year to train as a Health Visitor.

Four children followed in quick succession and several years passed before I was able to return to work part time on a South London council estate. I worked there until the late nineties, when I retired and volunteered with Homestart and also organized fund raising events for our local Children’s Hospital, The Children’s Trust.

Since moving to Dorset in 2001, we have been blessed with 11 grandchildren, and in my spare time I have been involved most years, in organizing Charity Balls, mainly for national charities, Last year, we decided that we would like to set up a local Charity for the people of Dorset. Our lives have all been touched by cancer, either personally, or through relatives and friends, so Dorset Cancer Care Foundation was formed, to help patients during and after treatment. I am looking forward to working with the excellent team at DCCF.

Leslie-May Harrison BSC, RGN, RMN, DIP HE

I qualified in 1978 and have had extensive experience working in both the NHS and the Independent Sector- and in this time have seen a lot of changes in the Nursing World.

After qualifying I worked in London in Casualty and then went on to work in the Armed Forces. After graduating with my degree in women’s health I worked as an oncology sister for a few years, then leaving to go back to Casualty.

I was then offered a team leader post in Out Patients, which involved setting up new clinics, liaising with consultants and organizing the work load. During this period I continued with my Nurse Education adding a Dip He and RMN on the way.

I then transferred to a walk in Breast Cancer Clinic which gave me an excellent introduction to my present work as a Breast Care Nurse Specialist. I moved to the private sector in 2000, and in 2002 set up the Breast Care Services at the Harbour Hospital with BMI. I was appointed one of the First Independent Breast Care Nurses in 2003, linking Breast Cancer Care between the NHS and the Private Sector.

I won a “Pride of Britain Award” for services to Breast Cancer Care in 2010 for my work in this area. Finally, I am a RCN Steward committed to supporting RCN Members working in the independent sector. I am passionate about Health and Patient Care and Nurse Education.

Anne Rowland

I gained my degree in Biology and Post-Graduate Certificate of Education in 1981 and spent the first 4 years of my career as a teacher and lecturer.

I gained my first position in the industry as a technical sales specialist with Miles Laboratories in the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes.

In 1988 I was lucky enough to be offered a position at a Medical Diagnostic Company to set up a subsidiary with my husband, Dick Rowland, also a trustee with the DCCF. We moved to San Diego, California. My role was Sales & Technical Support, managing a North American global sales organisation; as well as the Technical Support & Sales Teams. I was fortunate enough to travel extensively throughout my career.

In 2012 we took early retirement after the sale of the company, and moved back to the UK, and settled in Poole, close to where my husband was born.

I met the founders of the DCCF at a Sunday Social event back in January 2014 and was inspired by their dedication and commitment, and how much they had done to raise funds for the people of Dorset, living with cancer and having financial difficulties. I became a member and was proud to volunteer with such an amazing group of people; and for such an important, worthwhile cause.

Richard Rowland  Ph.D, BS

I was born and educated in Dorset and graduated from the University of London with a degree in cell biology and immunology. After obtaining a Ph.D, BS in London and post doctoral research I moved into the medical diagnostic industry and worked for several companies in sales and marketing positions. In 1988 my wife Anne (who also worked in medical diagnostics) and I moved to San Diego in California to set up a company to distribute products for a Birmingham based diagnostic company. Our products were used to diagnose autoimmune diseases and other immunological disorders. In 2001 we we launched a unique product to aid in the diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma (a bone marrow cancer) and we were heavily involved in he education of Haematologists and Oncologists throughout the USA. The company was highly successful and was ultimately sold to a venture capital company enabling my wife and I to retire and return to Dorset in 2012.

It is a privilege to be a member of the Foundation and I hope that my experience in haematology/oncology and cancer diagnostics coupled with 25 years marketing experience will help the Foundation to grow and support cancer sufferers throughout Dorset.

Lady Margaret Simms