Miranda Ashwell joined the team in 2020 having had a wide-ranging career as a teacher in UK and Botswana, then as a community development worker and most recently 16 years as a Public Health practitioner in Shropshire, working for both the NHS and the local authority.
Miranda’s public health role focused on prevention: helping people to reduce their risk of developing long term illness or to effectively manage their existing health conditions. This included setting up the ‘Get Active Feel Good’ physical activity project for people living with and beyond cancer in Shropshire, Telford and Mid Wales, which is currently funded by Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, and is how she first became involved with the charity.
As Lingen Davies’ Health Engagement Officer Miranda’s role focuses on raising awareness of cancer prevention and early diagnosis.
“I’m really motivated to make a positive difference: my work is to raise awareness of the importance of recognising and reporting early signs and symptoms, because getting an early diagnosis means treatment can be most effective. I’ll also be getting out and about to chat to people of all ages. I’ll also be talking to people about how the risk of developing many cancers can be reduced by simple lifestyle changes. I lost both my parents to cancer, and like many of us have friends and family whose lives are deeply affected by cancer, so the work of Lingen Davies is very close to my heart.”
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