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.

Shopie Houghton-Hood

Shopie Houghton-Hood

Events and Volunteer Manager

Shopie lives just outside of Norwich with her husband and two children, Jasper and Elsie. She has an adorable whippet puppy, Nala, and loves taking her on long countryside walks with the family. Shopie loves cooking for loved ones and is constantly planning out her next meal!

She used to work alongside Oa, the Founder of littlelifts and has volunteered from the beginning. In 2018 she was awarded South Norfolk’s Community Champion for her dedication and commitment. She was with Oa throughout her diagnosis and treatment, and was there when littlelifts was born! She knew only too well what our littlelifts boxes could do to support women with breast cancer having seen the side effects Oa’s treatment had on her.

Shopie left her role as Operations Manager at The Prince’s Trust in March 2020, after 13 years and is now delighted to be part of the incredible team at littlelifts as the Events and Volunteer Manager.

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

Karyn Maier (Chair)

Karyn Maier (Chair)

Strategy

Jill Ward

Jill Ward

Legal and previous beneficiary

Per Hall

Per Hall

Medical Consultant

Jon Hall

Jon Hall

Associate Board Member - 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

Harriet Inglis

Harriet Inglis

Ambassador

We met Harriet when we discovered Spacemasks, a wonderful product found in all our littlelifts boxes. Spacemasks are award winning self-heating eye masks which aid sleep and relaxation.

Harriet’s generosity has extended beyond her kind support of Spacemasks for our littlelifts boxes. She has helped fundraise, supported with events and is an important advocate in our #littleliftscommunity. In August 2020, dreams came true, when Harriet launch a brand-new camomile scented Spacemask in aid of littlelifts.

“I love supporting littlelifts because a cancer diagnosis is frightening enough without then being thrown into all the side effects of treatment. Knowing what’s to be expected might make the whole experience a little less daunting. And the fact that so much care and attention has gone into each and every item in the littlelifts boxes will make patients feel less alone. I only wish they’d been around when my late mother was having her chemotherapy and radiotherapy.”

Harriet Inglis – Founder, Spacemasks 

To find out more about Spacemasks or to treat yourself to some interstellar relaxation and help raise funds for littlelifts then click here.

littlelifts Volunteer Events and Fundraising Committee

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

Lizzie, Laura and Penny 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 PEOPLE AFFECTED BY BREAST CANCER. WHATEVER THE ACTIVITY, THERE ARE A VARIETY OF WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED.

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