Ambassadors

Alex Shammas
Alex Shammas
Geeta Nanda
Geeta Nanda
Guy Farquharson
Guy Farquharson

Alex is a management consultant at PwC and got involved with World Child Cancer through a charity support scheme called BeyondMe. Alex has seen the impact that a child having cancer can have on a family first hand and was extremely excited to support World Child Cancer from the minute he met their fundraising team. Alex has supported World Child Cancer with their fundraising strategy, as well as taking part in various challenge activities for the charity including the Amsterdam and Berlin Marathon.

Geeta is Chief Executive of Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing and a proud Ambassador of World Child Cancer. Over the last few years, Geeta has raised over £300,000 with fellow Ambassador Mark Everard engaging new supporters from across the housing sector and hosting multiple events such as a Gala Dinner and their very successful annual Christmas Quiz. The money raised helped fund the new ‘We Care’ Family Support Home in Cameroon and Geeta attended the opening ceremony. In 2018, Geeta embarked on an epic challenge to climb northern Africa’s tallest peak – Jebel Toubkal raising over £80,000 for children with cancer all over the world. Geeta continues to support the charity and her target is to raise £1 million over the next few years. You can follow and support Geeta's fundraising efforts here!

 

Guy was first introduced to World Child Cancer in 2015 when working in the same building as the team. Guy, who works at an independent estate agent, has always been interested in helping young people, and having had a young cousin with leukaemia, has seen the damaging effects of childhood cancer first hand. Guy was inspired to get involved with World Child Cancer and has taken part in a number of events, including the Royal Parks Half, the London Marathon and Spartan race and has raised almost £5,000 from social media posts and hosting a quiz. He decided he wanted to take his support further and become an ambassador, to raise donations on a larger scale and provide strategies on how to do so.

In his spare time, Guy plays Volleyball for England and is a keen Chef. He also likes to travel with his favourite holiday destination being Zanzibar.

Mark Everard
Mark Everard
Morley Young
Morley Young
Sara Bailey
Sara Bailey

Mark is Executive Director of Property at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing and Chair of the Ambassadors at World Child Cancer. Mark has worked with a number of charities and community projects throughout his education and working life. He started supporting World Child Cancer late in 2016 as the Ambassadors group was formed, and by the end of 2017, the group had raised over £100,000 engaging new supporters from across the housing sector in particular to support World Child Cancer. The money raised helped fund the new ‘We Care’ Family Support Home in Cameroon.

As the ambassadors group heads to its third anniversary, a mix of black tie dinners, quizzes, mountains climbed and the incredibly generous support of so many individuals and companies has seen fund raising by the ambassadors head past the £0.5m mark !

Four new ambassadors have joined the team during the summer of 2019, which will enable the group to spread their fund raising activities into new sectors and regions in the UK in the coming years, moving them even more quickly to their goal of raising over £1m for the charity’s work

Morley first connected with World Child Cancer in January 2018 when he expressed an interest to join our Chief Executive, Jon Rosser, and our Ambassador Group on their trek up the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Morley also convinced his son-in-law to join the trek and between them, they raised over £11,500. Morley was so inspired by the work that World Child Cancer does, he was motivated to join the Ambassador Group in May 2019. Morley wears his orange World Child Cancer wristband with pride and is very passionate about connecting new donors and companies to the charity. In his spare time, Morley is a keen motorcyclist. 

Sara Bailey is the Managing Partner and Head of Real Estate at international law firm, Trowers & Hamlins. She is a supporter of World Child Cancer having seen close to home the difference that quick treatment and proper support can make. Sara is looking forward to both organising and taking part in a number of fundraising events to raise the profile of the charity and raise vital funds.

Shahena Ali
Shahena Ali

Shahena is a nutritional therapist and naturopath; having written and contributed to newspaper and magazine publications including The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Time Out and SHE, she has also featured on television and radio for the BBC, UKTV and Good Food Channel (UKTV). Shahena has a keen interest in the topics of increasing longevity through the food we eat and the prevention of lifestyle-based illnesses and diet-related diseases.

Shahena first became involved with the charity when invited to join the #WhenIWasYoung campaign for World Child Cancer. After seeing World Child Cancer's work first hand and the positive impact the charity makes to children with cancer during her programme visit to Bangladesh, she wanted to become more involved. Discovering that childhood cancer survival rates are as low as 10% in developing countries like Bangladesh, compared to 80% of children with cancer surviving in developed countries like the UK, has led to Shahena being passionate about lending her support to World Child Cancer.