Our committee of seven members works closely together and we are supported on an informal basis by other volunteers at different times and in different ways. We connect with people affected by cancer by networking with staff in the NHS, private, voluntary and 3rd sector organisations, as well as the wider public through our projects in the community.
We are currently exploring ways to develop the service and welcome feedback and ideas.
Sheila Smith, Coordinator
Sheila trained initially in Radiotherapy, moving on to become Mammography Specialist in corporate business. She was involved in setting up the National Breast Screening service and trained NHS staff in Leadership, Quality Assurance, Improving Patient Care and Stress Management. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1991 she combined conventional treatments with complementary approaches and developed a keen interest in the benefits of complementary therapies. She studied Shiatsu for three years, qualifying in 1995, and then trained in Acupuncture, Feng Shui and Thai Massage. Sheila is a member of the North Wales Cancer Network Patient Forum Strategic Group, which is involved in improving services across North Wales, and she has a particular interest in psychological, emotional and spiritual support.
Bethan Jones, Chair
Bethan works as a bilingual speech and language therapist in the NHS and has personal experience of cancer. As well as being very involved with setting up North Wales Cancer Care she is Vice Chair of the Bangor and Anglesey Lymphoma Association Support Group.
Sue Andrew, Vice Chair
Sue is based on Pen Llŷn and as the editor of the local events magazine Network News, is very supportive with marketing and creative design. Her involvement with this project reflects her belief that through helping each other and those who are dealing with mental and physical issues in life we can all reach a balanced, heartful, positive and expansive feeling of wellbeing. Sue believes that it is impossible to ignore the impact and effectiveness natural remedies offer as a complement to allopathic medicines. Sue has experience as a carer.
Heather Melville, Secretary
Heather was first introduced to homeopathy in the early 80’s when she was training to be a nurse. She became fascinated with the approach, studied for four years with the College of Practical Homeopathy and has worked as a registered Homeopath in North Wales since 2001. Heather has also trained with Cruse Bereavement and worked as a volunteer counsellor. She now runs her private practice from Axis Therapy in Bangor.
Carolien Lamers, Treasurer
Carolien is a clinical Psychologist working in the NHS. Her area of expertise is working with older people, who often live with a range of physical and cognitive changes. These changes can impact on the person’s emotional and psychological wellbeing. People often find talking therapies beneficial, as well as sharing their experiences with others in similar circumstances. She also works at the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme at Bangor University and is keen to contribute to the North Wales Cancer Care evaluative component.
Marian has a background in nursing. She worked in the community and care homes prior to taking over Tŷ Newydd Farm and Caravan Site from her parents. Based at Uwchmynydd on the Llŷn peninsula it provides a peaceful environment away from the stresses of modern life. Marian has experience both professionally and personally of supporting people affected by cancer. She has been working in partnership with NWCC for the last 18 months, looking at the needs of the local community and also providing a low cost cottage retreat for cancer patients and their families who live at a distance.
Carina Edwards, Committee Member
Carina worked as the North Wales Manager for Mental Health Charity Hafal until her diagnosis with breast cancer in 2014. She is currently having treatment and combining this with incorporating dietary and lifestyle changes and complementary therapies. She has a particular interest in herbal remedies and has been working closely with Bernie Draper, Pharmacist, Homeopath and Herbal Practitioner, who can be found on our register. Carina believes an integrated approach is essential to give people the best possible chance of managing their situation.
Our website and Welsh translation is managed by Wyn James.
The Steering Group is also being supported by Linda Hughes (Macmillan Information and Support coordinator), Carolien Lamers (Clinical Psychologist) and Betty Foster (Vice Chair North Wales Cancer Patient Forum). Together we are exploring the possibility of linking in support for carers of people with dementia.
All the Complementary Practitioners on our register are fully qualified in their chosen therapies, insured and members of an appropriate professional body. In addition they have undertaken post graduate studies in cancer care.
As well as giving their time freely to pilot the Wellbeing days they work privately in different areas of North Wales. Please contact the practitioner directly to arrange an appointment and find out their fees. Contact details can be found on this website by clicking on the list of therapies to the left.