our founders

Debbie Gribben
Co-founder

I have grown up with cancer being part of my life; My Mum, Dad, Nan, Grandad, Aunts and Uncle, have all had various cancers.

My Mum had early onset dementia and cancer of the pancreas.  When Mum sadly passed away I decided alongside my sister (best friend) to train as a complementary therapist.  Little did we know three years after our Mum died that my sister’s daughter, my beautiful niece would be diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare aggressive bone cancer.  We were all devastated, but knew we would be at Louise’s side throughout her brutal yet vital treatment.

When Louise was well enough we would give her gentle hand, foot and back massages to ease the pain and help her relax. Our Dad purchased a juicing machine and we would prepare various nutrient packed juices (until the chemotherapy kicked in, and for a while Louise could not tolerate these!!) We purchased healthy nourishing food and I completed an online course for nutrition.

I also booked onto a Richard Bandler/ Paul McKenna NLP Practitioners course to help Louise visualise her life cancer free.  This all helped Louise tremendously and she still uses this and meditation/mindfulness techniques today. Louise is very health conscience and partakes regularly in strength training.  We are all very proud of her.

Since then I have had a vision to create a hub where people affected by cancer can receive complementary therapy, physical training, nutrition advice, mindfulness/meditation, yoga and much more to give them the tools to live life well. I completed more advanced training and training for oncology complementary therapy at Mount Vernon Hospital, The Amethyst Trust, Beauty Despite Cancer (Jennifer Young) and a day at the Royal Free Hospital with Keith Hunt MBE.  I also organised (alongside of my colleague Jay Chandarana) a workshop for therapists with Keith Hunt.  Whilst attending my oncology training I realised there was a need for therapists to undertake

Paulette Martin
Co-founder

Until 3 years ago my life had not been touched by cancer, then in a matter of months my world was turned upside down.

My mum at the age of 73 was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and my aunt at the age of 65 was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer. In one week they had both had major surgery to remove the cancer.

During this same period, I was also going through my own transition, as I was being made redundant after 15 years of service at a large corporate organisation where I was a Global Business Process Owner. From this change I realised I need so managed my own wellbeing, so I booked a holistic treatment with a lady called Debbie Gribben. Debbie helped me through some very dark times with her complementary treatments and over time our friendship began.

We both realised our personal lives had been affected by Cancer and that we both wanted to do something to support people with Cancer and their supporters. This is when Finding Me Living Wells Despite Cancer was born. We decided that we could help people with Cancer and their supporters by funding holistic treatments, re-treats, workshops, well-being sessions.

Colin Gribben
Co-founder

Colin likes to keep a low profile!

Colin’s Mum died of cancer when she was just 44 years of age and his niece Louise having a cancer diagnosis and gruelling treatment had a profound effect on him.

Colin looks after the financial side of Finding Me and is a wiz at numbers and setting targets and budgets.