Who Are Al’s Pals?
Al’s Pals is a service offered to all cancer patients in Milton Keynes. Al’s Pals is named after Alan Dumbell, who received cancer treatment at Milton Keynes University Hospital. (MKUH)
Alan noticed that throughout his treatment, although he was surrounded by his loving family, he still felt very lonely and lost at times, and he often discussed having a ‘buddy’ to support and help him where he felt things were missing. It is his legacy to have a cancer buddy scheme like this and with the passion of his daughter and the support of Macmillan Cancer Support and MKUH, Al’s Pals was born.
Our Charitable Aims
We aim to provide a buddy scheme in Milton Keynes University Hospital that will provide information and support for people suffering with cancer and ill-health relating to this.
Who it benefits
We will publicly benefit those suffering with cancer and the families that are supporting them. The service is available to anyone who requires it or who may be signposted to by the hospital.
How do we do this?
AL’s Pals will operate by promoting ongoing support within Milton Keynes University Hospital and by telephone contact outside (Phone contact only)
Our FOUNDER and Trustees
My dad was my inspiration and my strength and to lose him to cancer has made a huge impact in my life. My dad discussed the idea for this charity with me before he passed, and it is my privilege and honor to do this in his memory and create his legacy.
I have always enjoyed participating in a variety of different fundraising events for various charities and I thoroughly enjoyed being employed in the charity sector for over five years. I am now running a business with my husband and I am proud to be an Ambassador of Milton Keynes Hospital Charity alongside running Al’s Pals.
I am a proud mother to three wonderful children, and I enjoy exercising, socialising and singing in my spare time.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
I currently work for Macmillan Cancer Support as a Volunteering Services Manager, developing services in the South West of England that aim to support people affected by cancer. I have previously held roles with mentoring organisations, in advocacy, and within Health & Social Care residential settings.
As chair of the Board of Trustees, partnering with the CEO and my fellow trustees, I am passionately committed to Al’s Pals’ vision of providing emotional support and information to people affected by cancer attending Milton Keynes University Hospital. I have seen first-hand the positive impact that this type of volunteer-led support can have for patients and their families, and am proud to support it.
I live in Woburn Sands with my husband Matt, daughter Daisy and our beloved Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Brewster.
I work as a Crew Training Instructor at EasyJet based in Luton Airport.
My hobbies are keeping fit, going to the cinema, travelling and watching our gorgeous girl grow up.
I’ve known Suzanne most of my life and we have been best friends since primary school. This charity is as close to my heart as it is to hers, as I am fully aware of how cancer affects families and it was heartbreaking to see this happen to Alan. I am so pleased that I can give something back to the community in Milton Keynes by helping Suzanne and my fellow trustees in this amazing charitable cause
Alan was my Husband of over 50 years, and to watch him deal with and fight cancer was heartbreaking. I am so pleased that Suzanne is pursuing Alan’s dream of having support for patients like him so that they will have someone to chat to. I know Alan would have loved this, and I am so pleased to be a part of this charity doing this in memory of my wonderful husband. I am retired now and love spending time with my family, especially my three grandchildren.
As Alan’s son, I am deeply honoured and proud to be a part of the Charity set up in his name.
I miss my Dad every single day, and owe all my knowledge and skills to him. He encouraged me when I was younger to fix things, and always try and solve problems yourself. That is why I have picked up all the skills and technical knowledge I have today, thanks to my Dad. And that is why I am happy to implement those skills to help Al’s Pals.