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28 July 2021

Chris Farrell Joins as Director of Service Delivery & Development

by Yasmin Sherif

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Day One Trauma Support has today announced that Chris Farrell, former CEO of Cavendish Cancer Care, has joined the charity as part of its national expansion.

Chris will be responsible for scaling existing services and developing new ones, to support patients recovering from major physical injuries, by helping them address their emotional, financial and legal needs alongside their physical wellbeing, in order to live the best possible life.

The newly created role will be instrumental in helping Day One achieve its aims to support families affected by major trauma across the UK, to ensure that there is a holistic, wraparound approach for people who have experienced major physical injuries, not just during their hospital stay but in their recovery journey beyond.

After a decade of developing and delivering some of the most successful fundraising programmes in the sector, Chris joined Cavendish Cancer Care as CEO in September 2014, building award winning programmes of person-centered holistic care and support. Most recently, as Deputy Director of Service Delivery and Partnerships, he has been instrumental in shaping Teenage Cancer Trust’s response to Covid-19 and the impact this has had on teenagers and young adults.

Lucy Nickson, CEO of Day One Trauma Support, said of the appointment:

‘We offer Chris a warm welcome he joins our team at this exciting stage in Day One’s journey. As we look to shape and influence the system of care and support offered to major trauma patients, Chris’ expertise and insight into high quality service delivery within the charity and healthcare arena will be invaluable as we look to expand, helping us to ensure that no one recovering from major physical injuries is left to do so alone.’

Chris Farrell, Director of Service Delivery and Development said:

‘I am delighted to join Lucy’s team and look forward to helping Day One to grow and flourish. It’s an exciting opportunity to reach and serve more people recovering from major injuries – no matter where they’re based or what stage they are on in their recovery journey. I look forward to getting stuck in and making a real difference.’

Day One is the UK’s only national charity support people affected by the entire breadth of conditions relating to major traumatic injury. The charity offers a range of support, including emergency funding for accommodation for families needing to be close to their loved on in the aftermath of an incident, as well as longer-term funding to help survivors adapt their housing or purchase equipment. Legal expertise is offered via Day One’s pro bono partners, as well as access to counselling, advice with welfare benefits, and befriending from its dedicated team of volunteer Peer Supporters. Patients are matched in person or by telephone with Peer Supporters who have had similar accidents or injuries and can listen to their anxieties, empathise and share their own experience of recovery.

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