Become a Champion

Being part of a passionate team is an amazing experience. With fantastic training and support, Lagan's is growing from strength to strength.

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to represent us at a local or regional level

As a Charity Champion, you will

  • give talks to raise awareness of our services
  • attend cheque presentations
  • help to recruit new fundraisers

A talk can be as simple as a few words of thanks at a cheque presentation or a speech lasting anything from 5 to 25 minutes!

We will provide you with speeches that you can adapt to suit your style, along with aids such as PowerPoint presentations.

In addition, we would also like your help to recruit new fundraisers. As a Charity Champion, you’ll need to be pro-active in finding and motivating fundraisers.

Is this role for me?

If you are a sociable person who is confident speaking in public, then this is the role for you. You will be self motivated and be able to use your own initiative to find new fundraisers and opportunities to talk about the charity in your area.

Please contact our volunteer coordinator to find out more

Current Champions

Rachel Dickinson

South Yorkshire 

I wanted to become a champion for Lagan's Foundation as I know first hand how lonely exhausting and frightening it can be having a child with complex health needs. 
I want Lagan's Foundation to be the first port of call passed to parents in South Yorkshire who have children with heart and or feeding problems, with my help this will be made possible and Lagan's Foundation will have an established volunteer support network and fundraising team based within South Yorkshire.



Anna Mitchell

Liverpool Life Sciences College Champion

I chose to become a Lagan's Foundation Champion Volunteer as I wanted to do something to help. A close family friend had a heart defect and unfortunately passed away, so this has always been something very close to my heart. My aim is to not just raise funds for Lagan's foundation but to raise awareness of heart and feeding issues and also to get lots of other people involved. Also once I reach the age I will most definitely become a hospital support volunteer as I want to give something back. I want to be there to support a family and help them as much as I can. Lagan's Foundation offers such a precious and valuable service and I want to help make a difference to children and their families.


Mattea Sykes

Wirral and Liverpool 

I first heard about Lagan’s Foundation when Carren came to my college UTC Liverpool, to talk about Lagan’s story & explain how Lagan’s foundation was created. Carren spoke about the Foundation named after her daughter and looked to recruit volunteers and champions for the Liverpool & Wirral areas. I found the visit and their story very emotional, Carren is inspiring.

I started the application process immediately and I am now one of the Wirral Champions!

I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease when I was 10 years old, which caused various problems including eating difficulties, breathing difficulties, being bedridden then housebound and later having to use a wheelchair, this lasted almost 6 years. I think that provides me with a unique understanding of the implications conditions can have in children. I began an incredible recovery last summer and I am now determined to help people who are in a position similar to the one I was once in. I am pursuing a career in healthcare, and I look forward to providing support for families through Lagan’s Foundation!



NHS Champions

Afzal, Dr Nadeem Ahmad





Paediatric gastroenterology

Training and education

  • MD (Res) Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Nutrition in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease
  • MRCP (UK)
  • MB, BS King Edward Medical University, Lahore, Pakistan


Dr Afzal has worked for University Hospital Southampton since October 2004.

He undertook specialist training in paediatric gastroenterology and hepatology at Great Ormond Street, Barts and the Royal Free Hospital and Kings College Hospital. Dr Afzal served as a fellow for University College London, for research in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease. His other research interests include inflammatory disorders of the paediatric foregut and enteropathies (including diarrhoeal disorders in children).

Key achievements

  • Offering diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy to children in Hampshire
  • Establishing paediatric hepatology services at University Hospital Southampton
  • Establishing the Wessex Paediatric Gastroenterology Network, and serving as treasurer
  • Serving as a member of the National Paediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases and research groups (BSPGHAN)
  • Invited lecturer to MSc paediatric gastroenterology, Barts, London
  • Paediatric advisor to Humanity First international disaster relief and Humanity First medical team projects in Africa
  • Over 20 Medline publications focused on paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition.

Fiona Murphy 

Assistant Director of Nursing - Bereavement and Donation Care. Salford Royal, Bolton Royal and Wigan General Hospitals

2004 – Appointed Clinical Lead Bereavement and Donor Support Team at Bolton Royal Hospital

The team’s work cited as best practice in the National End of Life Care Strategy 2008

Organ Donor Taskforce recommended trusts follow Bolton’s lead 2008.

Nursing Standard ‘Nurse of the Year’ award winner 2011.

Main achievements:

Pioneered a practice and culture change to successfully promote patient choice and dignity in bereavement care and organ/tissue donation, uniquely linking these two historically separate areas.Won hearts and minds within the MDT from porters and nurses to consultants and coroners to achieve the above helping to raise the profile both locally and nationally. 


Claire Beattie

Ward Manager - Ward 8

Preston Royal Hospital NHS Trust 

Awaiting Bio 




Angela McDonald 

Bereavement Trainer for Children and Families 

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust 

Awaiting Bio 





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