About Us

Meet The Team

Maples Cancer Care

Meet The Maples Team

Meet our team who are dedicated to care for our clients and their carers.

Our Assessors

Cath Todd

Cath Todd

Assessor

I have worked at Rotherham Cancer Care Centre since February 2014 as an assessor, a position I find extremely rewarding. I have been a nurse all my working life, the past 15 years being in palliative care, mostly working within Rotherham Hospice. I have been married for 25 years and have two adult sons. Family life, watching football and walking are the things I enjoy when I am not working.

Vanessa Morley

Vanessa Morley

Assessor

Vanessa is a retired nurse, her last 15 years of nursing was at Rotherham Hospice. Whilst there Vanessa trained to become an Assessor at the Cavendish Centre in Sheffield. Vanessa worked there for a couple of years prior to Rotherham Cancer Care Centre was up and running. I feel it a privilege to work with clients who share their thoughts and feelings with me, that they have probably felt unable to tell their family and friends

Our Therapists

Joanne Portman

Joanne Portman

Reflexology, Acu-Detox practitioner

Joanne came to work at Rotherham Cancer Care Centre in July 2004. Since Joanne qualified in reflexology in 2008, she has worked in her own therapy practice and is a member of the Association of Reflexologists. Joanne is following in her Father’s footsteps, as he worked as a therapist at Cavendish Cancer Care, Sheffield until he retired in 2014. Joanne is also qualified in the NADA 5-point Acu-Detox Protocol, providing auricular acupuncture for cancer patients. In her spare time Joanne is a keen Sheffield Wednesday fan and attends all matches.

Dawn Kerry

Dawn Kerry

Reflexology, Massage

Dawn qualified as a complementary therapist in 2007 and joined Rotherham Cancer Care Centre in 2009. She has previously volunteered at Rotherham Hospice where she provided therapies and bereavement support. and when she is not working at Maples Cancer Care, Dawn provides therapy services on behalf of Cavendish Cancer Care within their outreach service at Weston Park Hospital. Dawn has also been a volunteer therapist for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in the past. When not working, Dawn likes to be outside in the fresh air gardening or walking in the Derbyshire Peaks

Lucy Rotherham

Lucy Rotherham

Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Body Massage, Counselling

Lucy worked as a Manager within the Health Service until 1997. However, she decided to retrain as a therapist because she enjoys working with and helping others. She is passionate about the concept of integrative care and commenced working with Rotherham Cancer Care Centre as a hands on therapist when their doors opened in 2004, providing aromatherapy, body massage and reflexology. She is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists. Lucy qualified as a Counsellor in 2007 and offers this therapy also. She is a Registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Her interests include gardening, walking, reading and water colours.

Angela Bintcliffe

Angela Bintcliffe

Service manager, Reiki practitioner, Acu-Detox Practitioner

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Our Board of Trustees

Karen Borthwick

Karen Borthwick

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Karen moved to Rotherham after qualifying to be a teacher. She taught in a Rotherham secondary school and then joined the Local Authority where she had a number of roles related to education, until she retired from the Authority last year. She lives in Dronfield, is married and has two children. Karen became involved with Rotherham Cancer Care after a close friend had been a client and volunteer with the charity. Over the years she has had a number of friends who have used the centre and she has seen first hand the support and help the centre can give to clients and their families at very difficult times.

Stephen Burns MBE

Stephen Burns MBE

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

Stephen has been a GP in Rotherham since 1982; he has particular interests in Mental Health and Palliative Care. He has been involved in the development of Rotherham Hospice, fundraising from the start and working there since it opened. Stephen is active in the BMA and Rotherham Round Table, currently being secretary of the former and Chairman of the 41 Club (Old Round Table). He was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to Healthcare and the Community. Stephen has been a Trustee of Rotherham Cancer Care since January 2016 and is currently Vice Chairman.

John Featham

John Featham

John was born in Sheffield 1946. When he left school in 1962, he went to work as an apprentice engineer in a large stainless steel manufacturing company; he stayed there for 40 years, finally holding the post of Engineering Manager before retiring in 2002. John married Sandra in 1969; they have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. John became a Trustee of Rotherham Cancer Care in 2012 and has played an active role in fund raising.

Hazel Jones

Hazel Jones

Hazel was born in Kent and moved to Sheffield to study to become a teacher in 1976. She taught in a Sheffield secondary school and then proceeded to hold a number of roles, across South Yorkshire, in Education Support and Development. She retired from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in 2016. Hazel is married and has two children, two step children and two grandchildren. Hazel became a Trustee of Rotherham Cancer Care in 2016. She has been particularly involved in The Grants Team and makes funding applications to support the Centre. ‘Witnessing the impact of cancer on family members and friends has made me acutely aware of the difficulties faced by cancer sufferers and their families. I know that The Maples Centre provides invaluable support for local people and I wanted to help.’

Jane Underwood

Jane Underwood

Jane was born in Derbyshire and moved to Rotherham in 1982. She worked in General Insurance for 10 years and has worked in Financial Services for the rest of her career. Jane lives with her partner Tony and has two children. Her first- hand experience of the effects of cancer was on younger family members and friends. ‘When I was recently invited to become a trustee, I had no hesitation in accepting and saw this as an opportunity to become actively involved in fundraising and to help provide support to other cancer sufferers and their families’

Fundraising

John Hyslop

John Hyslop

Fundraising Manager

John is proud to be from South Shields, moving to Bristol whilst at secondary school. Upon completing University at Southampton and Portsmouth, he worked in Education before moving to Germany. John returned to England in 1986, where he worked as a Youth and Community Officer in Rotherham Secondary schools, until his retirement in 2012. John is married with a daughter and grandson and two step-daughters.

Treasurer

Malcolm Elston

Malcolm Elston

Treasurer

Malcolm is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant who retired in 2001 due to ill-health, after working 40 years in private industry. He was born in Laughton, and has always lived in the the local area. Malcolm has two daughters and two teenage grandchildren. Malcolm was appointed as a Trustee and Treasurer in 2012, on incorporation of the Company / Charity, and is involved in many areas of activity, essential to the Charity.