Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees 

  • Mrs Hazel Forde (Chairperson)
  • Mrs Vivien Bentley  (Vice Chairperson)
  • Mrs Sue Sollis BEM (Founder Member)
  • Mrs Gill Gregg
  • Mrs Marion Bratt
  • Mrs Debbie Edmondson
  • Mrs Margueritte Bayley

Voluntary Administration

  • Mrs Margueritte Bayley – Minutes Secretary
  • Mrs Marion Bratt – Treasurer

Patron: Gordon Giltrap MBE

Scientific Advisor: Professor Vaskar Saha

Honorary Members

Jean Sargent PhD

Jean was Principal Research Scientist of a pioneering research project based on the grounds of Pembury Hospital, Kent. The work undertaken by Jean and her team, led by Doctor Colin Taylor, was ‘Chemotherapy Sensitivity Testing’. Jean’s work and dedication to the progress of the treatment of patients with leukaemia has been second to none. The Trust has financially supported Jean’s work over many years with ‘Chemotherapy Sensitivity Testing’ the key to tailor made treatment according to a patient’s genetic make up.

Although Jean has now retired from her work, her knowledge and expertise has been the solid foundation for the progress of this procedure.

A lasting legacy that we are proud to recognise.

Haruka Okamura

Haruka Okamura was an exchange student from Kyoto, Japan, staying in Evesham as part of the Cultural Homestay in Europe scheme. She was made an Honorary Member of the Trust after her work in the Evesham shop.

This article which appeared in the local newspaper tells the story:

“A Japanese teenager will be able to share with her countrymen the great British charity culture. Seventeen year old Haruka Okamura who live in Kyoto, has been attending Prince Henry’s High School in Evesham since last September studying English, maths and biology.

On Saturdays she has worked in the Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust Shop in Library Arcade which has been an innovation for her she says, because Japan has no charity shops.

Haruka said, “there is nothing like it in Japan. Working in the shop has been very useful for me.” Of Evesham she said ” It is a very beautiful place, I would like to come back with my parents one day.”

The founder of the charity shop Sue Sollis said “Haruka has worked tirelessly in her support towards the Trust and we will miss her very much.”

She has been awarded Honorary Membership of the Trust for her outstanding commitment and dedication. On her return to to Japan, Haruka’s ambition is to be a nurse.

Marcel Zidani

Marcel Zidani was born in London in 1973. He grew up in Banbury and studied music at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he graduated with honours in 1995. After being selected for advanced performance studies at the Conservatoire Marcel began his concert career. He has performed extensively, as a soloist, in Europe as well as giving concerts locally and in the Midlands.

Marcel Zidani has been a long time supporter of Evesham based ‘The Tracy Sollis Leukaemia Trust’ and is donating a third of each ‘Piano in the Small Hours’ CD sold, to the charity.