24th Jul, 2019

Brooke’s journey from patient to nurse inspires charity choice

Rob George 6th Feb, 2019

A BRAVE Worcester nursing graduate has been the inspiration behind blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia being chosen as the University of Worcester’s Charity of the Year for 2019.

As such, the charity will benefit from a number of staff-led projects throughout the year. Cure Leukaemia was voted by staff following an annual call for nominations.

The charity was put forward after staff heard about the remarkable story of University of Worcester Nursing graduate, 23-year-old Brooke Evans.

In October 2018, Brooke started her career as a haematology nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, on the same floor in the building where she received life-saving treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) five years previously.

It was while receiving treatment in 2014 that she first met Cure Leukaemia and went on to become a champion for the Charity, raising awareness of the disease and raising thousands of pounds. Thanks to a clinical trial, made available thanks to funds raised for Cure Leukaemia, Brooke went into remission.

Despite her illness disrupting her school studies, Brooke still pursued her dream of becoming a nurse as she began studying for a degree in Nursing at the University of Worcester in 2015.

During her training she went on placement at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS trust and also travelled to Tanzania to work in the paediatric oncology ward at Muhimbili National Hospital, an experience she described as ‘the best of my life’.

Brooke is always keen to support Cure Leukaemia wherever possible and has signed up to take part in the charity’s 300-mile bike ride from London to Paris from 12-15 September (which is Blood Cancer Awareness Month).

Speaking about Cure Leukaemia being chosen as the University’s Charity of the Year, Brooke, from Redditch, said: “I am so happy that two organisations that have given me so much belief and confidence since my leukaemia diagnosis will be working together this year. It’s hard to see yourself as inspiring when you are living your life but when I look back on the journey I’ve had since 2013 I do feel proud to have reached my goal of becoming a nurse and helping others fight this horrible disease.

“I would urge everyone at the University of Worcester to do what they can to support this wonderful charity that helped save my life and allowed me to realise my dream to help others beat this disease.”

Staff and students at the University have raised thousands of pounds for selected charities each year, last year raising money for Smile for Joel, set up in memory of Worcester student, Joel Richards. Events included a 100 miles in 100 hours challenge, cake sales and craft stalls.

Professor David Green CBE, the University of Worcester’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, said: “Brooke is such an inspirational young woman and we are very proud of her achievements and passion to become such a wonderful nurse.

“We are delighted to be working with Cure Leukaemia this year. Our staff and students are always very committed to each Charity chosen as the University’s Charity of the Year, organising and taking part of a host of gruelling activities to raise as much money as possible. I am confident that they will once again pull out all the stops to help raise thousands of pounds for this very worthwhile charity.”

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