MEET THE TEAM: LOUISE PARKER CAIRNS

Tell us a bit about your job at Prevent Breast Cancer.

I’m the charity manager at Prevent Breast Cancer. Doesn’t give much away does it? My job involves approaching charitable foundations to fund our preventative research as well as supporting our Scientific Advisory Board with the grant applications we receive. As well as this, I look after all the digital aspects that the charity is involved with, from our website to our online presence, and supporting our team of fundraisers day to day. It’s a very varied role so in a great way, no two days are very similar!

What makes you so passionate about the charity?

I wish I could say that I’d never been affected by this terrible disease but, unfortunately, that is not the case. For my health, as well as the health of all those I love, it would be amazing to see this disease eradicated within my lifetime. Prevention shouldn’t just be restricted to breast cancer either. We should all be trying to live our lives in the healthiest way possible and not bank on the idea that there may be a cure and if not, there will at least be drugs to treat disease.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

Definitely meeting so many amazing people who support the cause. Many are supporters but I’m also very lucky to work alongside incredible colleagues and volunteers who give their all in everything they do.

Has there been any particular highlight?

In a great way, there are so many to pick from! But most significantly would be our FUNKraiser Ball in 2016. The event celebrated the charity’s 20th birthday and was our opportunity to say thank you to so many long-standing supporters.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

Tough question! I’d have to go with Noel Fitzpatrick aka the Supervet. He’s someone who has pushed so many boundaries within his professional field and never stops trying to improve the lives of many animals whom others gave up on.

If you weren’t in this job, what might you be doing?

Probably something to do with animals. Growing up I always wanted to be a vet until I found out you sometimes had to put animals to sleep! I have a keen interest in therapy dogs as well as medical detection dogs and I’m hoping we’ll see even more of them in years to come!

What do you like doing outside of work?

I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that I am a dog owner so long walks in Tatton Park with a very excitable Labrador usually take up most of my weekends. Aside from that, me and my husband are keen snowboarders so if we aren’t getting excited for our next holiday, we’re reliving the one just gone!

Who would be your five dream dinner party guests?

Graham Norton

Stanley Tucci

Stephen Fry

Ryan Reynolds

Jennifer Lawrence

What’s on the top of your bucket list?

Oh, I don’t like to have it in list form – what if you achieve the top one before the rest? My aim in life is to travel as much as possible and the next big adventure on the list is a road trip across America! But that may be a couple of years away!

What’s your claim to fame?

Serving Tom Hanks coffee during the Edinburgh Festival. It was a very surreal moment when he walked into the restaurant I was working in just as we were closing so closing time was swiftly delayed!

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