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Our mission

Little Lifts is a charity that provides the most thoughtfully handpicked gifts to support people with breast cancer.

Our mission

Little Lifts is a charity that provides the most thoughtfully handpicked gifts to support people with breast cancer.

We want to give all breast cancer patients a free Little Lifts Box when they start treatment.

Our Little Kindness Fund helps to make this happen.

Because a little kindness can go a long way.

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Every year approximately 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, making it the most common cancer.

There are 36,000 women living with secondary (incurable) breast cancer. Approximately 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

Our current NHS Partners

In the East of England, our hospital partnerships help us spread kindness. Dedicated Oncology, Radiotherapy and Breast Care Teams give Little Lifts Boxes directly to patients during treatment planning and review meetings. If you’re receiving treatment at one of these hospitals you will automatically receive a Box.

(Click each hospital for more details.)

Norfolk

• Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
• James Paget University Hospital
• Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Suffolk

• Ipswich Hospital
• West Suffolk Hospital

Essex

• Colchester Hospital
• Broomfield Hospital
• Basildon Hospital
• Southend on Sea Hospital

The Little Kindness Fund

The Little Kindness Fund is for people living in the UK who are receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment for primary or secondary breast cancer, but aren’t being treated at one of the NHS Hospitals we’re partnered with. If that’s you, you can apply to the Fund to receive a Little Lifts Box, free of charge, to support you through cancer treatment. This Fund was set up in collaboration with wonderful team at Spacemasks.

Make 2nds Count

If you have a secondary breast cancer diagnosis and are receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment, you can apply for a Little Lifts Box thanks to kind support from Make2ndsCount.

They offer a wide range of support and information for people affected by secondary breast cancer.

Online Shop

Only a person receiving treatment can apply for a free Little Lifts Box, but we know you might want to surprise someone special with one. You can purchase our goodie-filled boxes (and more little treats) from our online shop.

Get involved

Be part of our Little Lifts community and help support local people affected by breast cancer. Whatever the activity, there are a variety of ways you can get involved.

Founder’s Story

In 2014, at the age of 28, Little Lifts Founder Oa was diagnosed with primary breast cancer. What followed was a whirlwind of emotions and medical appointments. Six weeks after her diagnosis, she began six rounds of chemotherapy treatment. It was a scary time with lots of uncertainty and an overwhelming sense of the unknown.

Leading up to and during her treatment, Oa was fortunate to have a support network of family and friends to help her along the way. They lifted those down days with a few little treats to relieve some of the side effects she experienced – and so the concept of the Little Lifts Box was born.

The Team

We call ourselves ‘small but mighty’ for a reason. Introducing the Little Lifts A-Team, working tirelessly to support people affected by breast cancer.

Oa Hackett

Founder

At the start of 2016, Oa googled ‘how to set up a charity’ and by the end of that year Little Lifts was officially a charity. A year later the first Little Lifts Box was handed out. Before starting Little Lifts, Oa had worked in a variety of roles within the Third Sector. In 2019 she was awarded a first in her CertHE in Charity and Enterprise Management. Oa is a fussy tea drinker, loves whales and recently joined the Pets as Therapy volunteer team with her pooch, Norma.

Kay Phoenix

Operations and Support Manager

Kay (aka Box Guru) coordinates all things Little Lifts Boxes, as well as important tech and office stuff. It’s no surprise that she LOVES a spreadsheet. Kay started working at Little Lifts in 2018, firstly as a volunteer. After attending a chemotherapy session with a family member and seeing firsthand its side effects, she was keen to support other people who are facing treatment for breast cancer. 

Shopie Houghton-Hood

Volunteer, Events and Community Manager

In three days a week Shopie juggles a lot – event planning, supporting our volunteers, and championing our community! In fact, in 2018 she was named South Norfolk Community Champion for her support of people affected by breast cancer. Shopie has volunteered with Little Lifts from the beginning. She was with Oa throughout her diagnosis and treatment, and was there when Little Lifts was born! She started her role with us in October 2019.

George Diggle

Operations and Support Coordinator

George joined us in September 2021 as part of the Government Kick Start Initiative. He is essentially Box Guru number two and provides vital support to our operations so that our Boxes are carefully hand-packed and delivered on time. He also provides important administrative support and is Norma’s biggest fan! Following his 6-month placement, we’re so pleased that George is sticking with us for a year-long Supply Chain Warehouse Operative apprenticeship.

Frannie Neill

Operations and Support Executive

Frannie started with us in May 2022 as part of the Operations and Support team, looking after all things Little Lifts Boxes, The Little Kindness Fund and our wonderful volunteers. She has lots of energy from managing a 9 year old and 7 year old twins at home and is often heard singing to herself! She previously volunteered for Home-Start Norfolk supporting a family with baby twins after experiencing their help with her own. She loves spending time with family and friends and has a (not so secret!) obsession with office stationery.

Norma

Office Pooch and Therapy Dog

The office certainly wouldn’t be the same without our four-legged friend (we wouldn’t miss her snoring though!). Norma’s such a big part of the family that every year you’ll find her on our Little Lifts Christmas cards!

The Trustees

We have an excellent Board of Trustees – all highly experienced in their field and with a shared purpose to make Little Lifts the best it can be. Together they guide, monitor, and govern the way Little Lifts operates.

Karyn Maier (Chair)

Strategy

Ella Wisbey

Marketing and Brand Development

Jill Ward

Legal and previous beneficiary

Per Hall

Medical Consultant

Jon Hall (Treasurer)

Finance

Belinda Gray

Founding Patron

Art for Cure raise vital funds to support breast cancer research as well as wellbeing projects like ours.  Art for Cure were with us right from the start – we quite literally met them with an empty Box in tow and shared our vision for the charity.  Support and encouragement from Art for Cure provided us with vital funds between 2017-2020 enabling us to grow our NHS partnerships across Suffolk. Their support has directly benefited over 800 people affected by breast cancer. 

Harriet Inglis

Patron

Since 2019, Harriet has wholeheartedly supported our work: donating Spacemasks to our Little Lifts Boxes; taking on fundraising challenges and encouraging her community to do the same; and telling the world about our work (you’ll find her on Instagram). In August, 2020, she launched a chamomile Spacemask in aid of Little Lifts, raising money to launch and support our Little Kindness Fund. She’s always surprising our team with treats in the post which brighten up our days!

Our impact

We know our work makes a big difference because so many people tell us so. Don’t just take our word for it.