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The Fountain Centre was established in 1998 by three social/healthcare professionals Gail Maguire, Charlotte McDowell and Nicky Bracey, together with Monica Rowland, a supporter of the holistic approach. In 2001 we became a registered charity. In the first year of opening the centre had 150 visits per month and employed one full-time member of staff, with two working part-time and 25 volunteers.
Our team of experienced professionals will work closely with you, providing the support and expertise to deliver the best possible service.
Anne qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1995 and has worked both in the NHS and charity sector. She spent 10 years working at CHASE hospice care for children before moving to the Fountain Centre in 2011 as a Coordinator. Anne now oversees the strategic development of the Fountain Centre working closely with St Luke’s Cancer Centre and other partners to develop the services in line with the national Cancer Care plan. Anne has recently been appointed the co-clinical lead for Surrey and Sussex Cancer Alliance supporting the implementation and delivery of the living with and beyond cancer plan as part of the NHS five year forward view. Anne is passionate about ensuring every cancer patient has the opportunity to access holistic care including emotional, social and financial support.
Cancer Support Service Lead
After working for many years as a Therapy Radiographer, Charlotte was one of three people instrumental in setting up the Fountain Centre. She has worked in the Centre since its launch in 1998. Along with Eileen, she is responsible for supporting the patients and their carers holistically. She provides information and advice about complementary therapies and supports patients both emotionally and practically. She is passionate about helping patients find what they need to get through treatment, and beyond. Charlotte is also a qualified therapist and is currently studying for a holistic Ayurvedic qualification which centres around living well for longer, which she hopes will enhance the service she offers our patients.
Cancer Support Service Lead
Eileen is one of two Cancer Support Service Leads in the centre. She joined the Fountain Centre in 2015. In her current role she provides emotional and holistic support as well as information and practical advice related to cancer and its treatment. Eileen worked for over 30 years as a Therapy Radiographer. Most of this time was at St. Lukes’s .
Eileen manages the complementary therapy service and the team of volunteer therapists that enable us to deliver this service. She is a qualified coach and she is passionate about the empowerment of patients living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis.
Family Support Service Lead
Julie has been a qualified counsellor for over 10 years. Prior to coming to the Fountain Centre was the manager of Woking & Sam Beare Hospice’s children’s service, supporting bereaved children.
In her current role as the manager of the counselling service, she sees patients and/or children and families when there is a cancer diagnosis as well as managing the team of 25 volunteer counsellors.
The counselling service is able to offer one to one support for patients, a bereavement support group for under 12’s, support for parents, as well as delivering training for schools and other healthcare professionals.
Research and Development
Natalie Silverdale joined the team in 2015 to help develop and evaluate the services the Fountain Centre provides. She has spent many years working within research and policy in cancer and end of life care. This includes running a national evaluation of the Marie Curie Nursing Service and palliative care services more generally; an evaluation of Open University’s Death and Dying Courses; and exploring the value of cancer counselling.
Family Service and Counselling Co-ordinator
Danni is a qualified counsellor and joined the Fountain Centre in 2014. She has over 12 years experience of working with children and has worked with young people for Surrey & Borders Partnership as part of their youth counselling service. This along with her counselling background supports her current role as part of the family support team. Her work now not only encompasses adults, but the children and families of those affected by cancer.
Maria joined the Fountain Centre in 2016, having worked as a Medical Secretary for many years previously. Maria’s job is very varied and includes finance, fundraising, looking after the desk volunteers, and generally doing whatever is required. Maria thoroughly enjoys her role at the Fountain Centre and feels it has given her as much personally as she has given to the job. A sense of humour is very important to Maria and she feels it has got her through some tough days working at the centre.
Susan joined the team in early 2015 to organise the Fountain Centre’s fundraising events. She is passionate about event organising and enjoys the detail-oriented part of the job. Susan has many years of experience in the corporate event world organising all types of events for many diverse industries. The Fountain Centre puts on a number of different events every year from curry nights to dinners to concerts and Susan’s role includes the logistics and the publicity for our events. Susan feels events should be fun as well as raising the valuable funds we need to provide our service.
Communications, Fundraising and Donor Liaison
Fiona Dick took early retirement from a long career in government PR and communications when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. To give a bit back she joined the fund-raising trek to Santiago that year, and was delighted when she was asked if she could take on a part-time fund-raising and communications role for the Fountain Centre. This fitted well with the other consultancy and volunteering roles she was accumulating and she’s still here – and still loving it – working with donors and supporters to bring in the income the FC needs every year to keep going.
Tina is a qualified, accredited and insured Complementary Therapist at the Fountain Centre and supports the existing service by working across all wards providing cancer patients with massage, reflexology, aromatherapy and reiki creating a caring, safe environment, addressing comfort needs and positively impacting on patients’ wellbeing. Prior to working at the Fountain Centre, Tina was part of the Sue Ryder Complementary Therapy Team and Coordinator for the Federation of Holistic Therapists Local Support Group. Other experience includes promoting essential oils and training retail staff, providing therapies in nursing homes, health spas and various treatment centres.
Information and Support Assistant
Gunilla joined the team in 2018. She works closely with the two Cancer Support Leads and looks after ‘Fountain Centre Level A’, opposite Radiotherapy. She visits oncology in-patients across the hospital to share information on how the Fountain Centre can help support them and their families. Her role also includes creating links with local GP practices and raising awareness in the local community. Gunilla has a background in IT Project Management but it was her passion for health and wellbeing and connecting with people that originally brought her to the Fountain Centre as a volunteer yoga and meditation teacher. She finds her role as Information and Support Worker very rewarding as she knows it helps make a difference to patients’ lives.
I am the Community Liaison Worker at the Fountain Centre. I have been a desk volunteer at the Fountain Centre since January 2017 and in January 2019 I joined the team in this new role. My role is to go out into the local community and promote our wonderful charity ensuring everyone has heard about us whilst drumming up new support.
Martin has been a Trustee of the Fountain Centre since 2008. He has a strong belief in the contribution that Complementary and Holistic therapies can have in assisting in recovery from cancer, having suffered from Hodgkins Disease during the 1990s. Having served with the Royal Marines, Martin established and ran his own international business in the provision of specialist security. A strong family man, he lives in Milford with his wife Suzanne. His three children have now flown the nest.
Anne became Treasurer of the Fountain Centre in 2012. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986 and shortly after went to Bermuda for eight years working in audit and the reinsurance industry. She took a career break and now heads up her own accounting practice based in Bentley, near her home in Farnham, Surrey where she lives with her daughter. Anne has found the role of Treasurer to be very rewarding and inspiring and feels privileged to be able to support the team of passionate and highly skilled individuals that make up the Fountain Centre.
Douglas is a chartered accountant, having previously been involved in marketing for a major advertising agency. He has over 30 years experience in venture capital, leading a team for a major investment bank in the UK, then as CEO for a fund manager, based in Warsaw for seven years, as part of the Polish mass privatisation programme. Married with six boys, he has lived in the Grayswood area for most of his married life.
Richard is a local solicitor who has practiced in Family law for 30 years and is a partner at Downs Solicitors LLP in Godalming. He is the chairman of the County Club Guildford which is involved in raising money for local charities, of which the Fountain Centre has been a beneficiary. He is clerk to the Archbishops Abbot’s Exhibition Foundation, a charity that provides grants to assist in training and education. He lives in Great Bookham with his wife, Vanessa. They have grown-up twins, and two very young grandchildren.
Having lost friends and family members to cancer Richard supports the work that the Fountain Centre, provided as a valuable asset to the community
Vicki Mumford qualified as a Nurse in 1998 (BA HONS Oncology Nursing) and is currently Divisional Head of Nursing for the Oncology Division of the Royal Surrey County Hospital – she is equally involved in the standards of care of patients and the professional development of staff.
She says: ”I strive to develop a workforce that is motivated and has the correct skills to deliver high quality care and for this reason feel honoured to support the Fountain Centre as a Trustee.”
Diana Roberts has been a trustee since 2016. Diana is semi retired, having worked for Guildford Borough Council for 16 years as Tourism Manager. Now working as a Consultant, and spending time with her two grandsons. Diana has lived in Guildford for over 30 years and has an extensive network of local businesses and enjoys putting people in touch with opportunities and each other for the greater good of the local community. Her particular interests are marketing, social media and communication.
Wyn became a trustee of the Fountain centre at the end of 2013. He has lived with his wife and sons in Fleet, NE Hampshire, for over 30 years and since retiring from the Civil Service in 2009 he has furthered his interests in health and wellbeing with his local CVS, Hart Voluntary Action, and with Walking for Health. Having lost his father to cancer some years ago Wyn has been impressed by the range of services offered by the Centre and looks forward to helping it develop further.
Monica is a Founder Trustee who has been involved with the Fountain Centre from the start. After the death of her husband, Peter Rowland, from cancer in 1994, she and a dedicated committee of ten raised £300,000 in two years to make the dream of a holistic centre within an NHS hospital a reality. The Charity became ‘official’ in 2000 and since then Monica, formerly a PE teacher and air stewardess, has dedicated all her spare time to ensuring the Fountain Centre goes from strength to strength.
Penny has been a volunteer at the Royal Surrey Hospital, working with cancer patients, for 24 years, following the death of her father through cancer. Subsequently her mother and sister also died of cancer, so it seemed a natural progression to work at the Fountain Centre, joining in it’s early years. She also helps coordinate Look Good Feel Better, a separate charity working within St Luke’s which is held twice a month. This is a makeup session for patients, with voluntary beauticians, proving that they can still look their best whilst undergoing cancer treatment.
She was invited to become a trustee in 2013 and looks forward to seeing the FC expand to help even more patients through their cancer journey.
John worked for many years within the IT industry before moving in to consultancy. He has volunteered at the Fountain Centre since 2016 and became a trustee in 2018 with an interest in IT and organisational challenge. John has previously volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau and Age UK.
Flavia has been a patron of the charity since she hosted a fashion show on our behalf in 2009, and first visited the centre in 2010. The “Strictly” star has been a great friend ever since. Flavia said “I am proud to be part of this pioneering enterprise and realise that the gentle complementary therapies available to patients are a wonderful addition to the orthodox medical approach to the treatment of cancer.”
Flavia said she would do all she could to publicise and raise awareness of the Fountain Centre in order to raise more vital funds. So she has welcomed our supporters back-stage when she was performing in Woking, hosted a ‘selfie’ opportunity in Guildford and donated her winnings from her appearance on ITV’s ‘Celebrity Mr & Mrs’ – which of course also introduced the Fountain Centre to an audience of millions. She visited us in December 2017, in a gap in her most recent tour, to meet the Head of our Family Service and find out more about the work we are doing with children.
We were absolutely delighted when global film and TV star James Cosmo agreed to become a patron, after he visited us for the first time in October 2012 to open our Art and Meditation exhibition. To quote Wikipedia, “A staple of British television, with credits in hundreds of television shows, Cosmo made a name for himself playing Scottish “tough guy” characters, often with a screen dominating charisma.” Those of you who saw his performance in the BBC series Silent Witness will second that. He’s not at all scary in real life.
Outside of Britain, he is best known for his film roles in Highlander, Braveheart and Troy – and, without a sword, as Father Christmas in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He played Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, in the globally-acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones and has more recently been seen in TV dramas as varied as Shetland, The Durrells and Hold the Sunset, and the Hollywood blockbuster Wonder Woman.
James lives locally, is married to Annie and they have two sons. We’d love to see more of him, but he is one of the busiest actors in the country.
The sports broadcaster and former professional tennis player came to visit the Fountain Centre with her husband Mel and they were really impressed by what they saw. It was obvious that Annabel was “at one” with the ethos of the Fountain Centre and had a real understanding and sympathy for our holistic approach to the care of cancer patients.
Her shared belief in the holistic approach to health meant she had no hesitation in becoming one of our patrons and asked us to call if we needed any help in the future. In fact we did call on Annabel, to feature in a promotional film we have made about the Fountain Centre, to raise awareness of what we offer and to highlight the fact that the Fountain Centre is a charity in need of donations to survive.
“I first heard of the Fountain Centre when a great friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2003. Julia had to undergo incredibly arduous treatment for several months before having a mastectomy and the support and encouragement she received from the Fountain Centre transformed this ordeal into a much more positive experience.
When I was in the Royal Surrey in December to have a knee replacement, Julia asked me if I would consider becoming a patron of the Fountain Centre. I was honoured to be asked and agreed immediately. Having lost two very close friends to breast cancer in recent years, I am eager to do whatever I can to help the Fountain Centre to raise funds to help anyone facing this modern-day scourge.
I was delighted to open the information corridor – certainly a first! – and looking at the stylish, soothing and tranquil surroundings, I was struck by the range of therapies available to cancer patients. Above all, the compassion and humanity that emanated from every person I encountered was remarkable.
Having been a recipient of acupuncture, osteopathy and reflexology for many years, I realise just how valuable these therapies are and I am very much looking forward to being involved in the promotion and development of this marvellous facility.”
Kathryn is now the lynchpin of one of our regular fundraising events, our Christmas Concert – see the Events page for more details.
Award-winning and much-loved actress Hayley Mills first visited the Fountain Centre in May 2012, when she was shown round our new Level A facilities. We were delighted that she was interested in our work, and even happier when she said she would become one of our patrons. Hayley has been through breast cancer and speaks out regularly on the benefits of a holistic approach to treatment.
Dr GEORGE McGAVIN
George McGavin studied Zoology at Edinburgh University, followed by a PhD in entomology at Imperial College and the Natural History Museum in London. After 25 years as an academic at Oxford University he became a television presenter.
George is an Honorary Research Associate of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at Imperial College. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Geographical Society, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and an Honorary Life Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.
His programme credits include Expedition Borneo, Lost Land of the Jaguar, Lost Land of the Volcano, Lost Land of the Tiger, The Dark: nature’s night-time world, Prehistoric Autopsy, Miniature Britain, Planet Ant, Ultimate Swarms, Dissected: the incredible human hand and foot, Monkey Planet, The Secret Life of your House (ITV) and the multi-award winning documentary After Life: the strange science of decay. His most recent programme The Oak: nature’s greatest survivor was shown on BBC4 in October 2015 and won a Royal Television Society Award and a Grierson Award. George is a regular presenter on BBC’s The One Show and has written numerous books on insects and other animals. He is currently working on two documentaries for BBC 4. In 2019 he became the President of the Dorset Wildlife Trust.
The Fountain Centre was established in 1998 by three social/healthcare professionals Gail Maguire, Charlotte McDowell and Nicky Bracey. In 2001 we became a registered charity. In the first year of opening the centre had 150 visits per month and employed one full-time member of staff, with two working part-time and 25 volunteers.