Beechwood Cancer Care Centre “beyond devastated” as CEO loses fight with the disease

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The Beechwood Cancer Care Centre said they were “beyond devastated” to lose their Chief Executive Allen Whittaker to the very disease he and the Centre worked so hard to help sufferers of.
Whittaker was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer just a few months ago and was admitted to Manchester Royal Infirmary for surgery, but sadly died while still in hospital on Saturday, April 23.
During his leadership at Beechwood, the charity has gone from strength to strength to provide care and support for people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses and their loved ones after diagnosis.
Allen, who was also a governor at The Christie hospital, acquired the Beechwood headquarters in Bridgehall, Stockport soon after he started at the charity and increased the number of Beechwood charity shops in the borough to five in total, as well as building the Butterfly Family Centre, and extending community facilities – with two major fundraising campaigns.
Beechwood has been recognised with the North West Excellence Award, and is Stockport’s largest independent charity, and last year was the recipient of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Alan Baxter, chair of trustees at Beechwood, said: “All the team are devastated. Allen was Beechwood, he was not just a chief executive but a much loved and respected friend.
“It was Allen’s tireless dedication and support that made Beechwood the success that is it today, it is hard to imagine how we will go forward with the loss of this great man.”