A STUDENT nurse who suffered from leukaemia is now helping others to beat the disease.

Brooke Evans, 23, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in 2013 and in 2014 became involved with Cure Leukaemia.

Miss Evans went into remission thanks to a clinical trial, made available due to funds raised for Cure Leukaemia.

She subsequently went on to become a champion for the charity, raising awareness of the disease and thousands of pounds.

Miss Evans returned to the University of Worcester to study nursing, graduating in 2018.

Since leaving University, she has started her career as a haematology nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, on the same floor in the building where she received her treatment in 2014.

She said: “I am so happy that two organisations that have given me so much belief and confidence since my leukaemia diagnosis will be working together this year.

“It’s hard to see yourself as inspiring when you are living your life but when I look back on the journey I’ve had since 2013 I do feel proud to have reached my goal of becoming a nurse and helping others fight this horrible disease."

Miss Evans's story has now inspired the university to make Cure Leukaemia its charity of the year.

The charity will now benefit from events and activities led by staff and students from the university throughout the year.

Miss Evans said: “I would urge everyone at the University of Worcester to do what they can to support this wonderful charity that helped save my life and allowed me to realise my dream to help others beat this disease.”

Professor David Green, the University of Worcester’s vice chancellor and chief executive, said: “Brooke is such an inspirational young woman and we are very proud of her achievements and passion to become such a wonderful nurse. We are delighted to be working with Cure Leukaemia this year. Our staff and students are always very committed to each charity chosen as the University’s charity of the year, organising and taking part of a host of gruelling activities to raise as much money as possible.

“I am confident that they will once again pull out all the stops to help raise thousands of pounds for this very worthwhile charity.”

Cure Leukaemia’s head of corporate partnerships, Jackie Kelly, added: “We have many fun, challenging and engaging events for staff and students to participate in and we look forward to developing close ties with the University going forward."