Why?

We believe in reducing suffering through preventing illness and promoting life, allowing people the freedom to flourish. Inspired and fuelled by the promise of Victoria van der Westhuizen, backed by quality research.

 

Cancer should not stop you living your best life.

About Victoria

Our Vision

An empowering community of young women discovering peace, joy, connection and understanding. As they are held together along their path of cancer.

Our Story

In the January of 2013, Victoria’s father passed away after a rigorous three year ordeal with cancer. This was not Victoria’s first experience of  cancer, having seen her mother face extreme hardship with cancer during Victoria’s youth and losing her grandmother to the illness shortly before. Victoria was in the early throws of grieving the loss of her father when, as a healthy, vibrant and energetic 29 year old, she was struck with her own cancer diagnosis. By the November of 2013, Victoria was fully hospitalised with a very aggressive cancer. CJ, her husband of not yet a year, Fiona, her mother, and Alex, Victoria’s brother, moved into the hospital room with her to form a united front in supporting her back to health, making do with one armchair and a single pop up bed. Despite showing extraordinary courage and determination, Victoria’s health rapidly declined. In an act of defiance, Victoria stated that she was going to overcome the disease and promised to go on to use her experiences to inspire and support others going through a similar ordeal. Tragically, in January 2014, Victoria was taken from her friends and family, short of a year after her father had passed. Her passing was felt by all that loved her and the loss impacted so greatly, so deeply, that her family knew they had to direct all of the love coming in for Victoria toward something positive, towards fulfilling her legacy. It was then they decided to keep her promise.

 

Having seen first hand just how many additional and critical struggles Victoria and other young women go through, the family knew that this was the first place they had to address. Thus, Victoria’s Promise was born. A charity dedicated to supporting young women through cancer, whilst striving to prevent people from getting cancer in the first place.

“This awesome charity have made the most difference to me since my diagnosis in the process of recovery. I’ve had access to a cleaner when I couldn’t do it myself, I’ve had access to counselling which has made a massive difference in moving on and dealing with the emotional journey, coaching to help me find a way through hell and out the other side, massages, beauty treatments, a makeover and the amazing women’s support VP affinity which has led me to make friends with the loveliest group of fellow women on this journey too. Victoria’s Promise are always at the end of the phone or an email and the advice has made THE biggest difference. I honestly don’t think I could have got through it all without them.” Erica

The VP Team

Trustees

 
Alexander Eastman

Alexander Eastman

Trustee and Co-Founder
CJ Van Der Westhuizen

CJ Van Der Westhuizen

Trustee and Co-Founder
stuart

Stuart Ross

Trustee
James Buchan

James Buchan

Trustee
Lauren Saunders

Lauren Saunders

Secretary and Legal

Core Team

 
Fiona Eastman

Fiona Eastman

CEO and Co-Founder
Angela Currie

Angela Currie

Care Guardian
Ed Smith

Ed Smith

Fund Raising Manager
Jeanette Hamer

Jeanette Hamer

Communications and Community Manager
Emily Preston

Emily Preston

Events Manager

Medical & Clinical Advisory

Dr Helen O’Neill

Dr Helen O’Neill

Director of Scientific Research
Dr. Brendon Moran

Dr Brendon Moran

Surgical Oncologist

Patrons

Edla, Duchess of Marlborough

The Duchess of Marlborough

Ambassadors

Dino Rakitzis

Dino Rakitzis

Lizzy Cundy

Lizzy Cundy

“The support from Victoria’s Promise has changed everything in my life. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like now had I not found Victoria’s Promise. The needs that Victoria’s Promise meet, are absolutely huge.”

Angela Miles

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