Donna Bednarek is the local fundraising engagement manager for charity CLIC Sargent who support families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. From diagnosis, CLIC Sargent’s specialist care teams will step in, ready to help, support and guide. They will provide a specialist package of support tailored to each young cancer patient and family. CLIC Sargent fights tirelessly for children and young people with cancer, often when they feel they can’t. They do this individually, locally and nationally, so that they can focus on the important things, like getting well. And if the worst happens, we will work with bereaved families to get them support, to help them cope with their emotional pain. Their vision is that everyone under 25 with cancer, and their families, will get the support and help they need during their cancer treatment and beyond, including bereaved families living with emotional pain. We want them to thrive, not just survive, and for everyone to join in that mission.
So, want to meet the woman on a mission? Then read on:
What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Loud! Fun! Outgoing!
What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
lots of Michael Franti & Spearhead – my happy music!
Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
I’m not a big James Bond fan but I do love Mrs Doubtfire so got to go with Pierce Brosnan!
Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
My wedding photos.
Last meal on earth?
Sweet chilli chicken noodles!
Dream dinner party guests?
Gordon Ramsay but only if he’s cooking!
First thing you’d do if you won £1 million?
Take the family on holiday and work out how to spend the rest. A wee villa somewhere sunny is a must though.
Quiet night in or big night out?
Neither – big night in. It’s all about the kitchen party!
City break or weekend in the country?
City break any day. I love New York & London. And Glasgow, haha!
Early bird or night owl?
Early bird. I go to bed at like 9pm!
Save it or spend it?
Spend it. you can’t take it with you.
Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
Haha I do love my fitness classes but I’m hardly a fanatic…
Home or abroad?
Abroad. although Scotland is beautiful & I love travelling up North for work.
Early or late?
Always early. The only one in my family that ever is though so I usually end up waiting alone for an hour!
Cats or dogs?
I like them both. Is that allowed?
Both children being born and our wedding day. Aaaaw!
And most embarrassing?
Too many to mention. Getting thrown in a big skip in the playground by my mates in High School was pretty bad…
Don’t do regrets.
What are you proudest of?
Wee things my children do. Evan doing well at his football and guitar & Roxy doing well at gymnastics & school.
Who do you admire most?
All the amazing young people we support. They blow me away with their positivity!
And who do you detest?
Eddie Hearne from the boxing. I don’t know why, I just can’t cope with him on my tv…
Who would you like to thank?
My mom, my hairdresser, my dog walker, my agent… haha I’m not sure…
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t worry! it’s all gonna be ok! And blue mascara doesn’t work. On anyone. Not even you. Really.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
I did Total Warrior a couple of years ago. Glad I did it but it was AWFUL!
Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
I’m no quitter!
Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
I hope so!
What keeps you awake at night?
If I have to do a big speech at something I usually go over it a million times in my head. And I talk in my sleep too…
And your biggest critic?
Mobile phone ringtone?
It’s always on silent, I don’t actually know…