Board of Trustees
Here, Dimbleby Cancer Care’s Trustees explain in their own words why they are involved:
“It is now over forty years since we established what has become Dimbleby Cancer Care. Our main aim is to look after the growing number of people who live with cancer. As treatments improve, more and more people live longer with cancer and face a range of practical and psychological difficulties. We want to support them by offering practical help. We have also initiated a major research initiative which funds research into how best to support those with cancer. Until now we have used only the financial resources given, without any great fundraising effort, by donors. To expand our work we are now seeking support from those who share our aims.”
“Almost all of us have loved ones who find themselves living with cancer. Treatments are improving. More patients survive for longer. But the support and care for those who are living with cancer lags far behind the need.
I am passionate about Dimbleby Cancer Care because I know we can make a real difference. By providing practical help at crucial times – like a soft pillow or a comforting massage or psychological support – and by funding vital research programmes to establish the best way of offering the best care, Dimbleby Cancer Care is already in the frontline. But we want to do far more.
Like the rest of the family trustees and the specialists who guide and advise us, I know that we can help transform the provision of cancer care in Britain. But we can only do it if we can secure the funds for this work which is so urgently needed. It will take sustained commitment but I know it can be done. And, with everyone else involved in our 40th anniversary year, I intend to help make it happen.”
Joe Dimbleby – Trustee“Becoming a trustee of DCC was a wonderful opportunity both to honour my grandfather, in whose memory the fund was started, and to work for a charity that enhances the quality of life of those suffering from cancer.
I am one of three trustees of the next generation and I think that it’s important to have the younger perspective we bring to the board, as cancer affects all age groups.
DCC’s work is vital as there is little funding for research and the side of cancer treatment which improves the day-to-day lives of those living with the disease. Dimbleby Cancer Care was started to fill this gap and we have 40 years of experience in delivering it. But there is much more still to be done.”
Kitty Dimbleby – Trustee
“Cancer effects all of us – young and old – and I feel honoured to be part of a something that tries to help – both by funding research and by trying to make the lives of those living with cancer easier.
DCC recognises that you have to treat the patient as a whole – and that palliative care can be as important as medical treatment when you are facing cancer.
When people hear the Dimbleby name they think of media legacy. Despite being a journalist myself I feel that far more important is the legacy of DCC. In the memory of my grandfather we work together as a family to try and make a difference, no matter how small, to people fighting this awful disease.”
“I am very excited to come on board as one of the younger generation trustees. I have always been struck by the charity’s commitment to the palliative care which was so lacking when my grandfather was diagnosed. Through my own work as an Alexander technique teacher, I am very interested in the the difference that one-to-one care can make to the individual and the importance of a holistic approach. Becoming a trustee is a wonderful opportunity to understand more about how the charity works and hopefully have some useful input in the years to come.”
“Cancer is a disease which affects one so totally, one’s sense of self and one’s place in the world. Patients feel battered by the disease personally, and the presentations can be very complicated, where people are expected to put up with things that seem beyond what a person can be expected to endure. At a personal level, I like the idea of being able to help people who are caught in unbearably difficult situations – both patients and their carers – and I like the feeling that they feel they’ve got someone they can talk to who understands their issues and problems.“
Jo is Head of Operations at Jamie Oliver’s production company Fresh One and joined the DCC Board of Trustees in 2013.
Caroline joined the Board in June 2013 and heads up our fundraising committee.