Meet the team

Oa Hackett

Oa Hackett

Founder

Getting breast cancer at the age of 28 years old was life-changing and very unexpected. I am so incredibly grateful to the medical team at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for providing the support and treatment I needed. It’s because of this that I want to give something back.  I am determined to use my own experience of breast cancer treatment, together with my knowledge of the charitable sector, to make sure that every woman who faces chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer across Norfolk and Suffolk is offered a littlelifts box before or during their treatment.

I live in Norwich with my husband Greg and dog Norma. I have a passion for whales and in September 2016 was lucky enough to kayak with them in the wild, while on honeymoon in Canada. I studied Philosophy and Cultural Studies at the University of Kent and since graduating in 2008 have worked in the Third Sector enjoying a variety of roles.

Kay Phoenix

Kay Phoenix

Operations and Events Executive

Kay grew up in Norwich with her parents and two older sisters. She loves the beach and is always up for a swim in the sea, whatever the weather (including rain – like on Christmas Day 2017!) Kay is a cat fosterer for the RSPCA and is usually displaying scratches from the cats she eventually wins round!

She studied at Oxford Brookes University, following which she spent a year in Fiji and Australia. On her return to the UK she moved to London. After her family was affected by breast cancer, she returned to Norwich. Kay started volunteering at littlelifts in January 2018 and was over the moon to start her new role in October 2018. Working at littlelifts has allowed Kay to embrace her love of spreadsheets and organising!

Breast cancer has affected Kay’s life through the diagnosis of both family and friends. After attending a chemotherapy session with a family member and seeing its side effects, she was keen to support other women who are facing treatment for breast cancer and so is thrilled to be part of the small but mighty littlelifts team.

The Trustees

We have an excellent Board of Trustees – all highly experienced in their field and with a shared purpose to make littlelifts the best it can be. Together, they guide, monitor, and ultimately take responsibility for the way littlelifts operates. Most importantly, they all have a generosity of spirit that is core to the way we work.

Ella A’Court-Wisbey

Ella A’Court-Wisbey

Marketing and Brand Development

Adam Francis

Adam Francis

Finance

Karyn Maier

Karyn Maier

Strategy

Shopie Houghton-Hood

Shopie Houghton-Hood

Fundraising and Events

Andrew Butcher

Andrew Butcher

Finance

Belinda Gray

Belinda Gray

Founding Patron

Without support from Art for Cure, littlelifts would not have been able to launch at the end of 2017. We are extremely grateful to Belinda Gray and her team for having so much belief in what we do.

That’s why we have recognised Art for Cure as a Founding Patron, because their generous support has allowed us to develop partnerships with three hospitals across Norfolk and Suffolk. This means that approximately 550 women per year, who face chemotherapy treatment for primary breast cancer across Norfolk and Suffolk, will be offered a littlelifts box.

“Art for Cure are totally committed to supporting littlelifts. Oa Hackett leads a brilliantly run, dynamic team and I personally know what opening one of their boxes will mean to those facing a chemotherapy treatment for primary breast cancer. Not only will every item in the box help make a difference to how you feel but knowing people care about what you are going through means even more.”

Belinda Gray

To find out more about the amazing work of Art for Cure visit www.artforcure.org.uk

littlelifts Volunteer Events and Fundraising Committee

Volunteer Events and Fundraising Committee also known as the ‘little seeds’

Lizzie, Laura, Bryony, Hayley, Lorna, Penny and Helen are all part of our Volunteer Events and Fundraising Committee. They give up their time to help plan, host and volunteer at events.

Get involved

BE PART OF OUR LITTLELIFTS COMMUNITY AND HELP SUPPORT LOCAL WOMEN AFFECTED BY BREAST CANCER. WHATEVER THE ACTIVITY, THERE ARE A VARIETY OF WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.

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