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The Miles Joyner Fellowship

Last spring, ELF announced a new initiative to support the delivery of haematology services. The ELF Fellowship Programme provides funding for haematology staff in Devon to undertake study or training to improve their knowledge or skills.

The first Fellowship was named in honour of our Founder, Dr Miles Joyner, who passed away earlier this year. Miles was the driving force behind the building of the haematology ward and, along with his colleague Dr Richard Lee, steered ELF through our first three decades.

Earlier this month we awarded the first Fellowship to Rachael Jones, a nurse on Yarty Ward. Rachael is undertaking an MSc, and notes “my…research will hopefully go some way to informing us of the experiences of patients in that post-treatment period and how we as a service can better support them through various routes including third-sector partners.” Rachael is well known to ELF, having previously taken part in two significant fundraising challenges: The Two Moors Way and the Southwest Coast to Coast. Through these epic trekking challenges, Rachael raised funds for ELF's vital services to further support the patients in her care, and we are delighted that Rachael is our first recipient of a Fellowship.

The Fellowship was formally presented to Rachael by Celia Joyner, widow of the late Dr Joyner. Also present on the day were Erik Salomonsen, Chair of Trustees and Clare Fox, ELF Trustee and Clinical Nurse Specialist.

The ELF Fellowship Programme is made possible by the generous support of our donors. Gifts from the local community, including individuals and local businesses, ensure that we can continue to support the hardworking haematology staff who do so much to support blood cancer patients and their families.