Trustees


Richard’s key message: “It’s simple – CHECK YOUR BALLS! If you’ve ANY doubts see your GP, because early detection is a huge factor in recovery.”

Richard Bullard

President

Date of TC diagnosis: November 2008

It’s a bit of a shock to be told that you have cancer, but Richard’s a strong believer in the power of positive thinking. The same upbeat attitude that got him through his treatment is now helping him spread a vital awareness message across the South-West. He’s been lucky enough to talk about TC on the radio (even doing an interview from France) and on the TV!

Bowled over by the care and compassion they’d received from the BHOC team, Richard and fellow patient Mike Morgan came up with the idea of the Testicular Ball. This wittily named event has now become a major fundraising fixture in It’s in the Bag’s calendar.

Richard’s a keen sportsman, a supporter of Bath Rugby and Plymouth Argyle, and a coach at City of Bath Hockey Club. In his spare time he’s Headteacher of a primary school in Bath – a background that’s made him especially keen to get IITB’s message into schools and sports clubs. A sustainable awareness programme is what’s needed, and Richard’s on the case…

Richard’s key message: “It’s simple – CHECK YOUR BALLS! If you’ve ANY doubts see your GP, because early detection is a huge factor in recovery.”


Rob’s key message: “Don’t be afraid (really, really don’t be) to get any lump checked out. Quite simply… man up and get it checked out!”

Rob Buy

Co-Founder and Vice President

Date of TC diagnosis: February 2009

It’s in the Bag was born out of Rob’s desire to give back.

Having beaten testicular cancer, Rob was keen to help other guys in his community by supporting a charity that raised awareness of the disease in the South-West. Unfortunately, the West Country lacked such a charity.

Rob put his head together with TC-specialist nurse Sue Brand and did a bit of brainstorming (or mind-storming, to be PC!) The upshot was a decision to set up their own charity fund.

Rob’s a keen darts and football fan. When he’s not working, in the gym or spending time with his girlfriend Sian, he’s happily propping up a bar (watching sport of course)! His current favourite thing in the entire world is Bombay mix.

Rob’s key message: “Don’t be afraid (really, really don’t be) to get any lump checked out. Quite simply… man up and get it checked out!”


Jeremy’s key message: “Patients – don’t forget to turn up for your appointments!”

Jeremy Braybrooke

Medical Advisor

Jeremy’s been involved in IITB since the very early days, so he’s been lucky enough to witness how its initiatives have transformed the Bristol Testicular Cancer Service. He’s honoured to be holding the Vice-Chair position in a nationally recognised, award-winning charity fund!

Jeremy’s what they call a ‘Consultant Medical Oncologist’ – a cancer doctor. He specialises in testicular, breast and lung cancer treatments, and is lead clinician for the BTCS. This keeps him out of mischief most of the time, although you may occasionally catch him jumping off a tall building for charity, or behind the bar at The Castle of Comfort pulling pints!

When he can get away from work, Jeremy loves to spend time with his family, and is slowly managing to restore their old house on the Mendips.

Jeremy’s key message: “Patients – don’t forget to turn up for your appointments!”


Ben’s key message: “Check your balls regularly. The earlier you discover testicular cancer the better. I was recently married when I was diagnosed and have gone on to have three fantastic children. IITB is here to support everyone affected by TC.”

Ben Lundie

Trustee

Date of TC diagnosis: February 1999

Ben has recently joined the Strategy Group for “Its in the Bag” and is loving the involvement. He is hugely impressed by the support IITB gives to everyone affected, including family and friends.
Because of how well he was looked after by the team Ben decided to raise money for the charity by running the Marathon des Sables in 2012 – 150miles across the Sahara desert.

These days, Ben lives with his family near Stroud, supports Scotland and Gloucester Rugby and enjoys keeping fit.

Ben’s key message: “Check your balls regularly. The earlier you discover testicular cancer the better. I was recently married when I was diagnosed and have gone on to have three fantastic children. IITB is here to support everyone affected by TC.”


Nigel’s key message: “My advice to patients is to have a good hunt around this website to find the support that suits you best. The site’s not just there for us men of course, so share it with your family and friends. They need to know how to deal with testicular cancer too!”

Nigel Williams

Trustee

Date of TC diagnosis: May 2012

Nigel has worked with charities in the past, and once he’d experienced how effectively It’s in the Banter could take a weight off his mind, he got inspired to volunteer for IITB. His special area in the Strategy Group is the charity fund’s support activities. By taking part in planning and setting budgets, he helps make sure TC patients are supported in the most effective way.

Out of all the IITB events he’s attended, Nigel’s stand-out memory is of an unexpected victory at five-a-side football. He’d only planned to be there to blow the whistle; next thing he knew he was being handed a shirt! Despite being one of the two oldest guys playing on the same side, Nigel and his teammates went on to win without conceding a goal. What a way to celebrate survival!

Nigel’s key message: “My advice to patients is to have a good hunt around this website to find the support that suits you best. The site’s not just there for us men of course, so share it with your family and friends. They need to know how to deal with testicular cancer too!”


David’s key message: “If you notice something wrong, don’t wait till things get worse, see your GP ASAP.”

Dr David Little

Trustee

Date of TC diagnosis: April 2010

David was involved with It’s in the Bag during the launch of the ‘Keep Calm and Check Your Balls’ campaign. After a couple of years away to concentrate on his medical exams, he is excited to be back and involved in shaping the direction of IITB. David continues to have a keen interest in the awareness side of IITBs work.

David is training to be a Consultant Radiologist (a doctor that looks at scans of patients and helps other doctors work out what is wrong and what to do next), a career that was partly inspired by his diagnosis of TC back in 2010.

Outside of work David is a cat lover and big fan of Twitter, often combining the two by posting pictures of his cats; Salem and Giles.

David’s key message: “If you notice something wrong, don’t wait till things get worse, see your GP ASAP.”


Operations Team


Georgina’s Key Message: ‘If you notice any small change, get checked out and don’t put it off!’

Georgina Hannay

Administrator

I have recently joined the ‘It’s in the bag’ team as the charity administrator. I will be working behind the scenes with various aspects of the charity, using my extensive knowledge of social media and tech, helping to make our resources for you even better. I spent five years working with our Chair, Sue, at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, and having also had a personal experience of Cancer myself understand the great importance of the work we do as a charity.

Georgina’s Key Message: ‘If you notice any small change, get checked out and don’t put it off!’


Sue’s key message: “IITB has already made huge strides to help men in the South-West – but we’re not done yet! The aim is that men feel supported, have enough information, and know when and how to check their balls… and that we have fun doing it!”

Sue Brand

Co-Founder and Chair

Sue’s official title of ‘Germ Cell Clinical Nurse Specialist’ is a bit of a mouthful! But it’s just another way of saying she’s a highly qualified nurse, and an expert in testicular cancer.

Since 2008, part of Sue’s NHS duties have been to develop and improve care for testicular cancer patients. However, by co-founding It’s in the Bag and being instrumental in its development, she’s gone way above and beyond the call of duty.

Having got the charity fund off the ground along with Rob, Sue led the ‘call to arms’ for the first volunteers. Since then she’s contributed to many organisational areas, including being a key future strategy developer for the fund. Sue’s current role is IITB Chair.

When Sue got involved in IITB, she thought it would be the last push before she retired. It turned into much more than she’d bargained for! But she’s not complaining. “Thinking up new ideas, using the word ‘ball’ as much as possible and having fun with new campaigns is just wonderful.”

Sue’s key message: “IITB has already made huge strides to help men in the South-West – but we’re not done yet! The aim is that men feel supported, have enough information, and know when and how to check their balls… and that we have fun doing it!”


Catherine’s key message: “Ladies, don’t be embarrassed to talk about testicular cancer. Encourage the men in your lives to check themselves regularly and to see their GP straight away if they have any concerns.”

Catherine Horler-Underwood

Operations Team & Trustees Secretary

Catherine’s husband was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2013. While in the early stages of recovery, he benefited greatly from the emotional support provided by It’s in the Bag. The positive impact that the charity has on the lives of testicular cancer patients and their families, which Catherine witnessed first-hand, made her want to volunteer.

Catherine’s key message: “Ladies, don’t be embarrassed to talk about testicular cancer. Encourage the men in your lives to check themselves regularly and to see their GP straight away if they have any concerns.”


Tim’s key message: “With the help of people around you and the great charity IITB creating awareness, allow this to enhance your life by making you realise how you can LIVE WELL AFTER CANCER!”

Tim Snary

Date of TC diagnosis: March 2009

It was a massive shock being diagnosed with cancer but after amazing treatment in Bristol at Southmead hospital and Bristol Oncology I’ve come out the other end and have now been given the amazing opportunity to give back as much as I’m able by volunteering in the Testicular clinic on a Friday morning. With the support of Sue Brand I’m slowly learning to nurture awareness and get the guys in clinic talking. It’s a privilege to be part of IITB.

Tim is a keen cyclist in any spare time he has, which isn’t much but enjoys chilling and living well after cancer as taught to him at the amazing Penny Brohn centre in Pill Bristol.

Tim’s key message: “With the help of people around you and the great charity IITB creating awareness, allow this to enhance your life by making you realise how you can LIVE WELL AFTER CANCER!”


Lewis’ key message: “No one should feel alone whist dealing with cancer and the team are all here to help even if it’s just a friendly chat or a good old fundraiser IITB are a great team and I’m now proud to part of an amazing organisation.”

Lewis Short

Date of TC diagnosis: February 2013

Lewis’ cancer had spread and was in many organs of his body which lead to longer chemotherapy in oncology at the BRI which is where he was first introduced to the IITB team. During the first week of his chemotherapy they gave him lots of moral support and explained things simply and effectively. Not only did they guide him through treatment but they also explained things to his family and helped them through all tough times and answered all their questions.

His partner and work colleges have raised thousands of pounds to help IITB continue with the support and after care they offer. As he got better he wanted to be involved in helping other guys in the same situation and that’s when Sue approached him about the ‘Match Fit’ campaign. As a result IITB are now involved with a growing number of local sports teams running awareness days, and fundraising events.

Lewis believes the after care and support of IITB has really helped him though cancer and is seeing him out the other side.

Lewis’ key message: “No one should feel alone whist dealing with cancer and the team are all here to help even if it’s just a friendly chat or a good old fundraiser IITB are a great team and I’m now proud to part of an amazing organisation.”


Nuts

Nuts is a monkey who loves a bit of mischief. He can always been found in his trademark It’s in the Bag pants and t-shirt looking for people to play with! Nuts enjoys all the activities that It’s in the Bag get up to. Recently he’s been seen playing 5-a-side football, rocking out at The Wrecking Ball 2 and, of course, raising awareness out and about with the general public. If you ever see Nuts feel free to come and say hello, give him a hug or even take a quick photo. He’s a very friendly monkey!


Andy’s Key Message: IITB helps to make a difference for people in need and strives to raise awareness.

Andy Heather

Operational Team

I firmly believe that, as someone who has had Testicular Cancer I am well placed to use my determination and influence for the greater good. I have been involved in charitable and fundraising work for many years.

My volunteering role for IITB brings me into direct contact with survivors and men recently affected by testicular cancer. Having been diagnosed in May 2016 I am now in remission – a survivor! It is a privilege to be afforded direct access to a charity that allows me to see first-hand, help and influence how IITB helps to make a difference for people in need and strives to raise awareness.

I’m married to Emma and we have 3 children that keep us busy. I’m a manager working for Network Rail and in my spare time I enjoy pottering in my workshop, golf and grabbing weekends away with Emma whenever I can!

Andy’s Key Message: IITB helps to make a difference for people in need and strives to raise awareness.


Jane’s Key Message:  I now want to give something back. It’s a very lonely and frightening experience as a parent. I have a very positive story to share with others to give strength and hope.

Jane Short

Operational Team

My son Lewis was diagnosed with testicular cancer in February 2013. It had spread to other organs in his body and he was very poorly. Sue and the IITB team were a tower of strength to me, Lewis and our family during the early weeks of treatment. Other patients in Oncology were quite envious of the charity and the support we as a family were given. Nothing was too much trouble – an explanation of treatment and a shoulder to cry on were given freely. I now want to give something back. It’s a very lonely and frightening experience as a parent. I have a very positive story to share with others to give strength and hope. I have helped out with quite a few awareness and fundraising events, but my favourite was “Splosh for Dosh”, as I’m a swimming teacher and I enjoyed using my skill at a sport to raise money.

Jane’s Key Message:  I now want to give something back. It’s a very lonely and frightening experience as a parent. I have a very positive story to share with others to give strength and hope.