In this week’s blog, we introduce our new Projects Administrator, Hannah Harvey!
What were you doing before you joined Findacure?
Before I joined Findacure, I completed an Undergraduate Degree in History at the University of Leeds where I focused on British colonialism in Africa. I love to travel and so, after my studies, I spent six months backpacking from Mexico to Peru. I climbed active volcanoes, attempted to learn how to salsa, and spent time living with a Guatemalan family. I then decided to explore North America and have spent the last two years living in Canada and working in events. I’m now back in England permanently, and am excited to be a part of the Findacure team!
Why did you choose to join the Findacure team?
It has always been my goal to pursue a career within the charity sector where I could make a positive impact on people’s lives. During my research into Findacure, I found myself becoming more aware and educated in regards to the many challenges of living with a rare disease, and was inspired by the work the team does to help this community.
What excited me the most was seeing how Findacure puts the needs of its beneficiaries at the centre of its work. Because of this, I knew that the role of Projects Administrator would allow me to use my existing experience to help plan and execute projects and events that would make a real difference in the lives of people living with rare conditions.
What do you want to achieve most at Findacure?
Findacure already does an amazing job at delivering excellent events and projects, which help to raise awareness of rare diseases and empower and inform patient groups. My goal is to assist the team in running and expanding these events, so they are able to benefit even more people in the community. I want to play a part in raising the profile of the rare disease community and help patients get their voice heard.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
Whilst living in Canada, I realised how much I love being outside; whether it’s skiing, hiking, kayaking or camping (although, the English climate may change this). My hobbies also include yoga, reading, and starting, but never finishing, as many crafting projects as possible! Stemming from my love of Frida Kahlo, I have a passion for all things Mexican, especially the food! I spend a lot of time trying to recreate my favourite Mexican dishes with varying degrees of success.
What’s your favourite book/film/TV show and why?
Tough question! I recently read Bernadine Evaristo’s ‘Girl, Woman, Other’, a novel which follows the everyday lives of different black women in Britain. It reads like a series of short stories, but all the characters interlink with each other at some point or another (Love Actually style). I love Evaristo’s style of writing and couldn’t put the book down!
A film that I recently watched and enjoyed immensely was ‘The Gentlemen’. Like most Guy Ritchie films, it was a bit mad but highly entertaining with an amazing cast (Hugh Grant’s character makes it for me).