This story first appeared in the Winter 2019/20 issue of our newsletter, Lifeline.

Hannah Wray, Trust Fundraising Assistant

Introducing Hannah!

 

I joined PCRC in November 2018 to work primarily in the fundraising team, but my role has grown and changed during my time here. I now work on both Trusts & Foundations fundraising and growing our patient engagement initiative, including our very first Patient Panel, where we brought patients and family members together to help choose our next research projects.

Trusts & Foundations is an interesting and varied area of fundraising and one that requires attention to detail and lots of monitoring of deadlines! Without the support of Trusts & Foundations, we wouldn’t be able to fund as much high-quality research as we currently are, meaning that it’s important to keep on top of application deadlines.

'PCRC has undergone significant growth over the year I have been here, and I am proud to have been a part of the work to bring patients into the very heart of the organisation'

The other area of my job is working with patients and family members to ensure they are engaged in our work at all levels. This includes talking to patients and family members about their experiences with prostate cancer, bringing them together to the Patient Panel, asking people to review our patient information booklet, and sending lots of emails about the next activity! PCRC has undergone significant growth over the year I have been here, and I am proud to have been a part of the work to bring patients into the very heart of the organisation.

My favourite thing about working at PCRC is the drive and ambition of everyone in the team. They are always working hard towards the next big idea. It’s an exciting and inspiring place to work and we are only getting bigger and better, with more projects to increase the chances of developing brand new treatments for prostate cancer.

Patient Voice

So that we can make sure we are funding research that really matters, we combine scientific expertise with the lived experiences and perspectives of prostate cancer patients and their family members. If you have been affected by prostate cancer and want to use your experiences to help others, there are a number of ways to get involved. You could help us select new projects or research areas to focus on, help us to make sure our research is on track, review our patient information booklet or help us distribute it so that it helps even more people, or share your story in this newsletter or elsewhere.

You do not need any specialist medical knowledge to take part. Email patientvoice@pcr.org.uk for more information.

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