After 13 years of hard work, dedication and help from its supporters The Joshua Tree is experiencing exciting times: the purpose-built support centre is nearing completion, the Family Support Welsh 'Hwb' is in operation supporting families in North Wales and The Joshua Tree team is stronger than ever.

The time has come for change and Lynda Hill has the following message to volunteers, supporters and everyone who has contributed to The Joshua Tree...

Lynda HillI would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported me over the last 13 years of my journey in setting up and developing The Joshua Tree to where it is today. It has been an absolute privilege to build upon our support service to enable families who are affected by childhood cancers to access tailored care so that they do not feel they are on their own during what is often described as ‘indescribable’.

David and I set up The Joshua Tree after our own son was diagnosed with Leukaemia back in 2004. Joshua, together with his brother and sister, Adam and Beth, and the families we have supported over the years, have continually inspired us towards fulfilling our vision. As we shortly reach a significant milestone in the charity’s history, where we will be able to access our own dedicated centre in Sandiway to support families through their individual journeys, I am very excited to be able to hand this next phase of our journey over to the extremely capable hands of our newly appointed CEO, Piers McLeish.

I am hugely appreciative that I have been given a unique opportunity to follow my desire to work more extensively with our families, a passion that has grown ever deeper over the years as I have had the privilege of walking alongside many individuals to help them share their load. My new role, Head of Adult Therapeutic Services and Research combines my two passions. My previous experience as a Research Psychologist together with my recent completion of an MA in Clinical Counselling has inspired me to focus, in particular, on family well-being. I hope also, in the months to come, to further my studies in the area of psychological trauma so that, as a charity, we can continuously strive to become better equipped, and develop a greater understanding of how to best support families through the unthinkable.

A Message from Piers McLeish

I feel enormously honoured and privileged that Lyn, David and the Board of Trustees have entrusted me with the stewardship of this wonderful organisation for the next stage of its journey. I joined the charity as a Trustee in April 2018 and in that short time have witnessed how hard this small team works to provide the best possible support to our families as they go through such a traumatic stage in their lives.

Earlier this year, Lyn and I started to discuss some ideas around how we could support The Joshua Tree through its transition into the next stage of its development.

I’m delighted that we have found a way in which Lyn can continue to play a fundamental role in the development and delivery of therapeutic services to our beneficiaries, while also making the most of her academic and specialist knowledge. Lyn will be taking a leading role in starting to develop The Joshua Tree into a true Centre of Excellence and a respected authority in the support of children and their families during and especially post treatment.

Next year will see some very exciting developments with the charity. We will be opening our purpose-built support centre in Sandiway in the Spring and continuing to develop our service in North Wales from our newly-opened ‘Hwb’ in Colwyn Bay. We are as always incredibly thankful to the generosity and kindness shown by all our volunteers, supporters and the community as a whole and I look forward to working together to take the charity forward into 2020 and beyond.