Wendy Watson – Helpline founder

Wendy founded the Helpline in 1996 at the request of Baroness Cumberlege. Since its inception Wendy has fielded over 80,000 calls and emails from all groups of people with concerns of their familial increased risk. She has attracted the strong support of most leading geneticists, see Professional Endorsements tab. In 1997 she challenged a massive…

Professor Gareth Evans, Helpline Chief Advisor

Professor Evans has established a national and international reputation in clinical and research aspects of cancer genetics, particularly in neurofibromatosis and breast cancer. He has developed a clinical service for cancer genetics in the North West Region, which is nationally regarded. He is an important opinion leader nationally through membership of committees and is chairman…

Becky Measures

Becky, Wendy’s daughter, has been involved with the Helpline since its inception. She has witnessed the daily calls, met many people herself and spoken to and empowered many. She has inherited a strong desire to see fair play from her mother Wendy, who founded the Helpline in 1996 and who has fought 100% for all…

Professor Ros Eeles – Helpline Chief Advisor

Lisa Shiers – North Lancs

Lisa is age 36. Three years ago Lisa had a double mastectomy with reconstruction as she had been found to carry a fault in BRCA 2. Her mum had been found to carry the gene fault some seven years earlier, but hadn’t felt ready to find out until she was in her early 30’s. The…

Andrea Cockburn – Middlesbrough

Andrea was diagnosed in 2006 with breast cancer and underwent subsequent treatment. Andrea feels fortunate..as her mum died of cancer at a young age and thus the genetics specialists said that although she was borderline for testing, because of her young age they would perform genetic testing. Indeed this was fortunate as it came back…

Richard Horsley – Leeds

A FATHERS PERSPECTIVE On Christmas Eve 2003 my youngest daughter Suzanne died at the age of 31 from secondary lung cancer and a brain tumour after a two year battle with breast cancer. At the time of Suzy’s second mastectomy and the aggressive nature of the cancer, it was suggested the cause could have a…

Margaret Horsley – Leeds

A MOTHERS PERSPECTIVE In the year 2001 devastation hit our family when my youngest daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29. My daughter had chemotherapy followed by a mastectomy and our hopes at this stage were positive for a full recovery. A year later when it was confirmed the breast cancer…

Melanie Bowles – Barnsley

I was deemed at moderate risk of breast cancer with a 1 in 5 chance of getting the disease in my 40’s after four close relatives on both sides of the family had the disease in their forties. I presumed I wouldn’t be eligible for the treatment I wanted but after endless meetings with my…

Andrea Stevens – Nottingham

Breast cancer was always there in our family. My mother was 26 when she was diagnosed and she died when she was just 31. I was 7 when she died and my sister, Rhonda, was 9. We also knew that our grandmother had been just 26 when she had died of the same illness. No…

Rhonda North – Nottingham

Breast cancer was always there in our family. My mother was 26 when she was diagnosed and she died when she was just 31. I was 9 when she died and my sister, Andrea, was 7. We also knew that our grandmother had been just 26 when she had died of the same illness. No…

Diane Lucking – Leicester

My name is Diane Lucking and I live in Kirkby Mallory Leicestershire. I am married with two grown up sons. My sister is Wendy Watson ( the founder of the helpline). I attended the family history clinic at Manchester and was one of the first people to take a linkage test to see if I…

Helen Cauldwell – Derbyshire

Despite undergoing genetic testing age 21, and finding she was a BRCA1 fault carrier, Helen went on to develop breast cancer age 29. Her family had developed breast cancer at all ages from 32 to 67. It had been hoped she might need to start taking steps age 30, however when Helen started with an…

Amanda Burroughes – Brighton

My mother was Polish and came from a Jewish background and developed breast cancer in her early sixties. We believe her mother had ovarian cancer and my uncle had prostate cancer. A close friend had breast cancer and came from a similar Jewish background to me and was found to have the BRCA 1 gene…

Helen Smith – Essex

Helen has been a constant helpline user and as such has also spoken to many others through the vast Helpline database. Helen is hoping to facilitate meetings and be a local contact point in her area. Her niece has inherited the fault through Helen’s brother. Helen has undergone risk reducing mastectomy with reconstruction.

Julie Parrish – Norfolk

Julie is currently undergoing risk reducing surgery/mastectomy. Julie has a gene fault and has relied upon the Helpline constantly through the past year. Initially Julie found her ‘breast cancer affected’ relatives were not supportive of her decisions to undergo gene testing then her choice of surgical intervention, although her husband and children were 100% supportive.

Vicki Newbold – Chesterfield

I met Becky at an event in 2009, where she was raising awareness & fundraising.  This is where I first heard about the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline and also a little as to who they were and what they were about.  They were short of a helper and I stepped in and since that…

John Squires – Derbyshire

John is responsible for the day to day maintenance of data IT systems and facilities. He also takes responsibility for the integrity and proofing of our documentation and published material. His scientific & engineering background provides a sound basis for the development of a dynamic relational data-base. When this system is fully operational, it will…

Julian Barwell

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