Who Are Al’s Pals?
Al’s Pals is a service offered to all cancer patients. Al’s Pals is named after Alan Dumbell, who received cancer treatment at Milton Keynes University Hospital.
Alan noticed that throughout his treatment, although he was surrounded by his loving family, he still felt very lonely and lost at times, and he often discussed having a ‘buddy’ to support and help him where he felt things were missing. It is his legacy to have a cancer buddy scheme like this and with the passion of his daughter , Al’s Pals was born.
Our Charitable Aims
We aim to be the natural choice for emotional, befriending and advocacy support to cancer patients, their families and support groups both in the hospital, in their homes and in the community across the key counties of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Who it benefits
We will publicly benefit those suffering with cancer and the families that are supporting them. The service is available to anyone who requires it or who may be signposted to by the hospital and/or GP surgeries/groups.
How do we do this?
AL’s Pals will operate by promoting ongoing support within your hospital, in your own homes in person or by phone and in the community.
Our FOUNDER and Trustees
My dad was my inspiration and my strength and to lose him to cancer has made a huge impact in my life. My dad discussed the idea for this charity with me before he passed, and it is my privilege and honor to do this in his memory and create his legacy.
I have always enjoyed participating in a variety of different fundraising events for various charities and I thoroughly enjoyed being employed in the charity sector for over five years. I am now running a business with my husband and I am proud to be an Ambassador of Milton Keynes Hospital Charity alongside running Al’s Pals.
I am a proud mother to three wonderful children, and I enjoy exercising, socialising and singing in my spare time.
Chair - Board of Trustees
I have been retired for about 3 years now from my job as Sales Development Manager for new home developments.
My time is taken up with my lovely family of 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. I love to dabble in arts and crafts and am learning how to paint with watercolours . Music and dance another passion especially Rock and Roll and country music.
I have always been active in the charity sector raising funds for various charities including Macmillan .
I am more than happy to have joined Al’s Pals from the launch of such a worthwhile and rewarding cause and joining the other committed trustees and volunteers to provide much needed services to so many Cancer patients.
I live in Woburn Sands with my husband Matt, daughter Daisy and our beloved Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Brewster.
I work as a Crew Training Instructor at EasyJet based in Luton Airport.
My hobbies are keeping fit, going to the cinema, travelling and watching our gorgeous girl grow up.
I’ve known Suzanne most of my life and we have been best friends since primary school. This charity is as close to my heart as it is to hers, as I am fully aware of how cancer affects families and it was heartbreaking to see this happen to Alan. I am so pleased that I can give something back to the community in Milton Keynes by helping Suzanne and my fellow trustees in this amazing charitable cause
Alan was my Husband of over 50 years, and to watch him deal with and fight cancer was heartbreaking. I am so pleased that Suzanne is pursuing Alan’s dream of having support for patients like him so that they will have someone to chat to. I know Alan would have loved this, and I am so pleased to be a part of this charity doing this in memory of my wonderful husband. I am retired now and love spending time with my family, especially my three grandchildren.
As Alan’s son, I am deeply honoured and proud to be a part of the Charity set up in his name.
I miss my Dad every single day, and owe all my knowledge and skills to him. He encouraged me when I was younger to fix things, and always try and solve problems yourself. That is why I have picked up all the skills and technical knowledge I have today, thanks to my Dad. And that is why I am happy to implement those skills to help Al’s Pals.
Stephen has been a resident of Milton Keynes since 1988, originally from London, and has had a long career in the Automotive Industry. Drawn to Al’s Pals as a volunteer in 2019, Stephen is driven by a sense of purpose and service, especially to the tough subject of Cancer. Having lost his Mum and several other close friends and family over the years, he knows first hand what it can be like to be going through treatment, uncertainty and potentially the finality of life too. With a successful business as a Coach, Speaker and Trainer, Stephen has helped 1000’s of people to develop strategies to navigate life’s challenges – and in his own words “it doesn’t get much more challenging than dealing with cancer – for both patients and their friends and family”
As a “solo-preneur” and business owner, Stephen also brings a huge wealth of commercial experience and expertise and the ties get even closer as his own Social Enterprise business, which supports Mental Health and Wellbeing has great synergy with Al’s Pals.