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    Charlie Weston

    Shiatsu, Reflexology and Massage

    Charlie has been at Cavendish for 17 years and offers shiatsu, reflexology and massage. He’s also involved in outreach work at other cancer care centres in the area. When he’s not working he helps look after three grandchildren, likes to garden and read P.G. Woodhouse.

    Delphine Sayre

    Medical Herbalist and Diet Advisor

    Delphine was drawn to work for the Cavendish in 2003 by its ethos of providing free therapy to all and working closely with mainstream healthcare. She is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, has been working as a herbalist in private practice in Sheffield since 1988 and is also involved in teaching about herbal medicine in a variety of settings.

    When not at work, Delphine enjoys being the mother of a teenager, working on an allotment, walking the hills with her dogs and singing!

    Helen Ruckledge


    Helen is a qualified Nutritionist, registered with the Association for Nutrition. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer aged 42, when her four children were at primary school, she is passionate about the importance of nutrition.

    Helen is proud to offer trusted, professional advice on a range of issues that are important after a cancer diagnosis. All her dietary advice is rigorously based on scientific evidence, not fads, trends or gimmicks, and is in line with mainstream recommendations from the NHS and the World Cancer Research Fund.

    Managing a busy family, Helen understands the dietary issues facing everyone with busy and demanding lives. She strives to inspire people to make dietary changes, by offering practical and realistic nutritional solutions which fit into real life.


    Lisa Snelling


    Lisa is a Shiatsu and Reiki Practitioner and has worked at the Cavendish since 2011. She completed her training in 2005.  Lisa has also worked as a health services researcher since 2000 and is presently also studying the effects of Shiatsu with Teesside University. She runs a private practice from Nether Edge, Sheffield.  She and her husband Iain enjoy travelling to her native Ireland and the occasional visit to their local micro-pub!  Their next adventure though is to grow their own food and take up bee-keeping. Read more on Lisa’s website.

    Mick Whincup

    Hypnotherapy and Reiki

    Mick qualified as a nurse in 1996 and became a specialist nurse with the Acute Pain Team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals in 2003. It was while working in the Acute Pain Team that he became interested in hypnosis as an effective therapy for managing pain, so he trained as a hypnotherapist. For years Mick noticed that people fell asleep while he was talking to them, so found that becoming a hypnotherapist was a natural career progression. He joined us in 2008 and uses hypnosis to effectively manage a wide range of problems and from 2010 has also added Reiki to his portfolio. He divides his time between working here at the centre and in private practice.

    Mick is a bit of an expert in pain and suffering as he has supported Barnsley Football Club since 1977.

    Fiona Jeffrey

    Massage Therapy, Healing

    Fiona joined the centre in 2013. She works as a complementary therapist on the Macmillan Palliative Care Unit at the Northern General Hospital and at Weston Park Hospital. She also offers sessions at the Cavendish Centre and is a registered practitioner with The Massage Training Institute and The Healing Trust. Her background is in counselling, meditation and focusing and she has been a therapist for 25 years. She is a practising Buddhist and Buddhist chaplain. In her free time she loves poetry and yoga and when she can, she heads for the wild landscape of the west coast of Scotland.  Read more on Fiona’s website.

    Pauline Nunn

    Reflexology, Reiki and Massage

    Pauline has been a complementary therapist for over 20 years and began working at the Cavendish Centre since 2004. Pauline is qualified and experienced in giving a range of therapies including; Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Massage and Auricular Acupuncture. She is experienced in guiding clients towards the therapies which may provide them with the best support and is always happy to provide clients with a taster session of several therapies. This provides clients with the opportunity to see how they respond to the different treatments available. Pauline also provides therapies in some of our outreach projects.

    Jack Brown


    Jack is an integrative counsellor who started at Cavendish Cancer Care in 2020. He has worked with clients in colleges and universities and currently maintains a private practice as well as working at the Cavendish and as part of the St Luke’s bereavement team. Jack is a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and believes in a counselling approach that can be adapted to individual needs whilst still providing a warm and caring environment to his clients.

    Toby Oliver


    Toby Oliver started volunteering at Cavendish Cancer Care in 2020 as a Co-host for the Online Relaxation Class (ORC). He is excited to have joined the team in 2021 as an ORC Host and more recently as a Counsellor. He is a registered therapist specialising in helping people deal with serious illness, anxiety and grief. He is also a qualified teacher of yoga (RYT-500) and meditation, specialising in therapeutic Dru Yoga, restorative Grief Yoga™ and Laughter Yoga. He runs a private practice in Sheffield and teaches regularly across the UK. Toby began his career working in the arts and local government sectors before re-training as a therapist. He is a Director of the Sheffield-based music theatre company, Mr Bugg Productions – creators of the hit West End show, Miss Nightingale the musical. He is also the co-author of four professionally produced plays and his first book, Rise and Shine will be published by Little, Brown in December 2021. In his spare time he enjoys walking with his husband and their Wire Haired Sausage dog (Lennie), gardening, reading, and going to the theatre. Read more on about toby’s private work on his therapy and yoga websites.


    Vicky Gaughan


    Vicky Gaughan has been a body psychotherapist since 1994. She has a Bsc in Therapeutic Counselling, an MA in Psychological Therapies and also practices and teaches Hakomi. Vicky is a member of the European Association of Body Psychotherapists. Vicky has been involved in the Cavendish Centre since 2005. ‘A client recently shared that she’d found a refuge inside, this I think came about because Cavendish is an external refuge’.

    Kit Moran


    Kit Moran has worked at the Cavendish Centre since 2011. She has a background in social work and retrained as an acupuncturist 10 years ago at the Northern College of Acupuncture .She a member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) . She was drawn to working at the Cavendish Centre as she feels that is is important to treat the whole person and not just an illness or a condition. Kit also works in private practice in Sheffield.

    Clare Longstaffe


    After spending 15 years teaching French to secondary school children, Clare decided to put down her beret and pursue her interest in complementary therapies. Fascinated by the power of the mind, she trained in Hypnotherapy in 2009 and qualified as an Advanced Hypnotherapist in 2012.

    Clare has worked for Cavendish Cancer Care in Sheffield since 2015 as a therapist for people affected by a cancer diagnosis which includes both patients with cancer and their main carers. Clare offers a professional, integrative approach to working with a range of issues including: stress, anxiety, pain, phobias and fears and confidence building.

    She enjoys trail running, walking, being out in the countryside, reading, arthouse cinema and going on adventures in Latin America.

    Marla Bryan

    Massage, Reiki and Aromatherapy

    Marla is a holistic therapist offering massage, Reiki, and Aromatherapy . She approaches everything with compassionate awareness, treating each person in crisis as an individual with their own needs, and their own pathway to a calmer and more healing space within.

    Annette Lucas

    Massage, Acupuncture and Shiatsu

    Annette has been practising therapies since 2000 and is strongly committed to making therapies as accessible as possible. Her focus is always on the individual, providing a safe and comfortable space to listen and respond to what’s most concerning for them, not only on the Western ‘diagnosis’.  Her background is working with individuals recovering from the effects of abuse, a drug and alcohol project, sports clinic and in general practice. She also works privately and co-runs a clinic with Lisa Snelling in Nether Edge. In her spare time she can be found hiking in mountains, kayaking on a lake, chasing and trying to keep up with her young son and if lucky, sitting down to enjoy her favourite Callaloo and Ackee Caribbean meal!

    Dawn Kerry

    Reiki, Reflexology and Massage

    Dawn joined the Cavendish team in 2014 as a complementary therapist, working in outreach on behalf of the Centre at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Weston Park Hospital, and Weston Park Cancer Support Centre.

    Dawn also works as a therapist at the Rotherham Maples Centre. she is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and qualified as a therapist in 2007.

    When not working, Dawn likes to be outside in the fresh air walking in the countryside or Derbyshire peaks. Dawn is also a doting ‘Granny’ to her young granddaughter.

    Olvia Papailiou – Art Therapy

    Olvia is an art therapist who has worked at Cavendish Cancer Care since 2007.

    Young People’s Therapists

    Helen Rufus

    Young People’s Service Therapist and Programme Lead

    Helen has had the pleasure of working with children and young people for 18 years.  Since qualifying as a Play Therapist in 2010, she’s worked for a Sure Start Counselling service and an SEN school supporting children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Helen began working at Cavendish Cancer Care in 2017.

    Play Therapy is offered to children and young people between the ages of 3 & 13, who might have had experiences that have been confusing, frightening or overwhelming to them. Children will often use symbolic play instead of talking to help them sort out their mixed up feelings. Working closely with parents and carers is an important part of the process.

    Helen is a BAPT registered Play Therapist and has also completed training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. For more info on both see: https://www.bapt.info/ and  https://ddpnetwork.org/uk.

    Outside of work Helen enjoys eating burritos and dancing, although not necessarily at the same time!

    Jackie Simmons

    Young People’s Therapist, Counselling

    Jackie joined the Centre in 2015 as a Young Person’s Therapist. She now also offers counselling to adult clients.

    Jackie has had 26 years’ experience working with young people and their families. She decided to retrain as a psychotherapist/counsellor following 20 years working in secondary schools as an English and Drama teacher and pastoral manager. She qualified as a therapist in 2014 and has an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. She draws on a range of therapeutic approaches including person-centred, CBT and attachment theory.

    In addition to her work at the Centre, Jackie was a volunteer counsellor at Ashgate Hospice for over 5 years working with adults and young people affected by a life-limiting illness. She also works as a school counsellor in Derbyshire schools. Jackie is a registered member of BACP.

    Outside of work Jackie enjoys walking her dog and reading.

    Sarah Oldfield


    Sarah has immersed herself in the healing practices of the East since moving to Sheffield to study in 1996. She spent many years training in T’ai Chi, Chi Gong and Buddhist meditation.

    After travelling through India, Nepal and Thailand, Sarah settled in Australia, pursuing her healing practices and qualified in Shiatsu in 2007.

     Sarah especially loves sharing Shiatsu and movement meditation with community groups groups with people who might not usually have access to such things.

     Sarah has a private practice in Nether Edge in Sheffield, offering Shiatsu and Reiki and is very happy to be a part of the team at Cavendish.