Our patrons

 
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Elsbeth Bentley

I am a nurse who has been passionate about women’s healthcare since qualifying over 39 years ago, consequently almost all my experience in nursing has been in breast care and gynaecology. I left my native Anglesey aged 18 and have lived in Manchester, Switzerland, Northampton, Derbyshire and Leicester where both of my children were born. Fate brought me to Scotland in 2003 where I established myself as a Clinical Nurse Specialist where I spent 12 years working at the Murrayfield Hospital in Edinburgh.

This is where I met Lisa and Euan in 2017 just after Lisa’s diagnosis. Days before this meeting I had been offered the opportunity to be the first Breast Care Nurse in Dubai.  Luckily, however, it took almost 10 months for the paperwork to be sorted out, by which time a strong relationship had been formed between the three of us.

It is impossible to meet someone as young and energetic as Lisa, who has just been diagnosed with secondary breast cancer and not be affected by it, but I have always been impressed by the strength of this couple . So it didn’t surprise me when Lisa and Euan told me that they had begun to consider forming a charity that would be aimed at improving the lives of women with secondary breast cancer. I have seen how motivated they both are and how hard-working, when there is every excuse not to be. As they fit in treatment, work and raising Cameron into their busy lives, so they will be sitting there with a laptop, phone or even paper and pen, jotting down new thoughts, planning campaigns and strategies for fundraising. I think it’s an important cause and Lisa is a woman of immeasurable spirit and I felt honoured to be asked to be a patron .

 
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JOHN-HENRY CUGLEY

My daughter Joanna died from secondary breast cancer on 23 September 2018 aged 35 years old. I’m therefore pleased and proud to be a Patron of M2C assisting in each and every way that I can to raise funds for that vital research into prevention, eventual cure and how life can be made more bearable for sufferers.

For me it’s a very personal fight back in memory of Joanna and my way of being able to stand side by side with Lisa and all others afflicted by this hideous disease. 

I was a lawyer for 38 years retiring in 2016. Advocate, Private Practice partner and from 1989 until my retirement, Corporate Senior Counsel for various multinational banks. I’ve undertaken voiceovers for 10  years and for over 20 years I’ve run a vintage Highland  dress business sending wonderful items across the globe.

Between 1998 and 2001, I undertook a whole series of solo rows for charity in my 1897 Thames skiff. The two most noteworthy rows were perhaps the River Thames from source to sea. And even more hairy, each way across Scotland namely the Great Glen from Fort William to Inverness including Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, and the dreaded Loch Ness, and back! I survived though and these solo rows raised over £85k for charity.

 
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KERRY ELLIS

Kerry Ellis has fast become recognised as the leading lady of West End musicals from her starring roles in London and on Broadway.  She originated the role of Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash, Wicked, a role which she reprised at the Gershwin Theater on Broadway. 

Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! at Drury Lane, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables.

Kerry says “After meeting the incredible Lisa at this year’s Glamis Proms and hearing her story, I was blown away by her infectious positivity and passion for life.  I was instantly drawn to her and wanted to help. I’m honoured to be a patron of Make 2nds Count and will do all I can to support the charity, help raise funds for vital research and help raise awareness"

 
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Dr Olga OikonOmidou (MD, BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD)

I hold a position as an Academic Consultant Medical Oncologist with special interest in breast cancer at the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre, University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

I obtained my first degree BSc (Hon) in Human Genetics from the University of Leeds. This was followed by an MSc in Oncology and Cellular Pathology from the same University. I received my Medical Degree from the Medical School of Athens, Greece. After successfully completing an MRes in Immunology (Distinction) and a PhD (Distinction) in Biochemistry and Pathophysiology in Medical School of Athens, Greece, I started my training as a Medical Oncologist at the Naval Hospital of Athens. Three years later I moved to London to work as a specialist registrar in King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital of London where I stayed for 3 years.

On completion of my training I have taken up my post as an Academic Consultant Medical Oncologist with special interest in breast cancer in Edinburgh. My responsibilities are split equally between running a busy breast oncology clinic in the Western General Hospital and leading on breast cancer translational studies. I work closely with the surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and clinical oncologists with the aim to provide the best possible outcome for breast cancer patients.  Expert care means treating the cancer whilst compassionately caring for the person fighting it.