Natasha Jones Founder
I was diagnosed with Leukaemia just 3 weeks after giving birth to my second son in 2005. I was immediately put into isolation where I spent 6 months receiving treatment. It was during this time that I wanted to turn my experience into something positive by helping other people in the same situation as myself. Leaf was founded from my hospital bed in February 2006.
Leaf is now in it’s sixth year and going from strength to strength.
I am very fortunate to have been given the all clear from Leukaemia and I have also been so lucky to have given birth to my third son in 2008. I have been given a second chance at life and I intend to ‘make a difference’ by giving others hope and support in understanding their needs from my personal experience.
In May 2011 I was announced as the ‘Special Woman’ of 2011 at The Dorset Women in Business Awards and this July I will have the proud honour of running with the Olympic torch! This is going to be such a proud moment for my family and I and I feel that I am achieving what I set out to do.
Update Feb 2012
Leaf ~ Leukaemia Educating & Fundraising is due to say a very sad goodbye to Treasurer and Secretary Sara Haymes who has been involved with the charity since 2006. At the end of March 2012 Sara will be leaving the charity as she has other commitments. Leaf’s first fundraising office opened in February and now having a team of volunteers to carry on the good work, Sara feels that this is the right time for her to move on. Natasha Jones, the founder of Leaf says” I will miss Sara so much, she has been such a close friend and colleague and we have built the charity up together, I wish her luck in all that she does and I can’t thank her enough for everything that she has done and all of the hard work that she has dedicated to Leaf”. Sara will always continue to support Leaf and recommends voluntary work to anyone saying “My role as a volunteer has been an extremely rewarding one, albeit heartbreaking and challenging at times. All the patients and families I have met have dealt with their illness in the most amazing way and are truly inspiring people who have made my role so worthwhile, volunteering really does enrich your life. Leaf will always hold a special place in my heart and I wish Natasha all the very best for the future and I look forward to seeing the charity grow.