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ABOUT US

Mummy’s Star is the only charity in the UK and Ireland dedicated to women and birthing people diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy or within 12 months of giving birth, and their families.

Our mission is to provide cancer support to every family facing this traumatic situation.
 
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we focus on

1. Women & birthing people who are diagnosed with cancer during their pregnancy.

2. Women & birthing people who are diagnosed with cancer within a year of giving birth.

3. Families who, within the first year of birth, lose the partner who has given birth, as a result of cancer.

4. Healthcare professionals who care for women, birthing people and families facing this situation.

our vision

For no mother or birthing person to feel alone following a cancer diagnosis, in or around pregnancy.

To ensure they can make informed choices about their cancer treatment and pregnancy care.

 

For any woman or birthing person, diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy or
within 12 months of giving birth, to be referred to Mummy’s Star to access the support we offer.

our work involves

Providing support

Where there has been a cancer diagnosis in pregnancy or within 12 months of giving birth.
 

Advocacy on behalf of our families

This includes support at hospital appointments, working with other organisations to draw in

additional support, and employment rights advice, in addition to extending our knowledge

base and expertise about cancer and pregnancy, treatments and options for women and birthing people.


Financial support

Small grants system supporting families affected by the costs of cancer in or around pregnancy
and in the event of a terminal cancer diagnosis, for memory-making activities.
Workplace entitlements or benefit entitlements information is also available on our website.


Emotional support

Mummy's Star emotional support provides online resources, peer support through closed online forums,
and bespoke support through a dedicated Support Worker.

Bereavement

In the event of the death of a mum or birthing parent, we continue to support both the surviving partner
and can signpost to further support for other family members if requested.

 
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Current Vacancies

Chairperson for Mummy's Star Board of Trustees

Location: UK-wide

 

Duration: 2-year term, with the option of second 2-year term

 

Time commitment:  Approx. 5 hours per month

 

Remuneration: The role of the Chair is not accompanied by any financial remuneration although reasonable expenses for travel may be claimed.

 

Closing date: 5pm, 30 September 2022

 

Interviews: Late October- early November 2022

The work of our Board of Trustees is vital, providing invaluable leadership to direct and support all that we do. The Chair of the Trustees provides inclusive leadership, a visible face to the organisation and ensures the Board fulfils its duties.

 

As we approach our 10th year, it is exciting time to join Mummy’s Star. We have broadened the conversation about cancer and pregnancy nationwide, and internationally, despite our small stature. We want to maintain what we have built and take the charity to that next level.

 

We are the only specialist charity in the UK and Ireland focused solely on this unique set of circumstances and so this role provides a rare opportunity to make a significant difference. Our vision is for no mother/birthing person to feel alone following a cancer diagnosis in or around pregnancy and to ensure they can make informed choices about their cancer treatment and pregnancy care.

Benefits of becoming the Chairperson of Mummy’s Star's Board of Trustees

  • The opportunity to help shape care and support for mothers/birthing people after they receive a cancer diagnosis in and around their pregnancy.
     

  • The prospect of building and developing new skills
     

  • Opportunity to shape the direction and work of the charity and impact the cancer and pregnancy agenda on a national level.
     

  • A sense of excitement joining Mummy’s Star as we start our next 10 years as a charity.
     

  • Gain insight into how a charity, and its governance, runs.
     

  • The ability to create new opportunities for the charity using your skills, connections, and experiences

Mummy’s Star welcomes everyone regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, race, disability or background and we strive to make our workplace an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome, accepted, and valued. We actively encourage applications from those in the LGBTQ+ community, people from a minority ethnic background, older candidates and those who identify as having a disability.

 

If you would like an initial conversation to find out more about the role, please contact the CEO Pete Wallroth on pete@mummysstar.org to arrange a suitable time with him or a trustee.

To view the complete Chairperson's Recruitment Pack click here.

 

To apply for this role, please email your CV and a covering letter to pete@mummysstar.org