A big welcome to our three new youth ambassadors

Written by Sam Wilson, May 9, 2024

Following our training weekend in March, we’re delighted to announce three new additions to youth ambassador programme. Jack, Robyn and Ryan will join our wonderful YA team – supporting the Haemophilia Society (THS) by attending events, working on special projects and helping us shape our events and services to match the needs of young people.

We’re thrilled to have them on board and wanted to take the opportunity to introduce them.

Jack Acornley

18-year-old Jack has been connected with THS for some time now. He attended youth camp a few years ago and then, last November, raised an impressive £1,390 with a running challenge in which he ran 10km every day for a month.

Jack was diagnosed with moderate haemophilia A at eight years old but has been determined not to let his bleeding disorder hold him back. He has a passion for running and has competed at regional and national level.

Jack hopes to use his role as a YA to raise awareness around bleeding disorders and what is possible in terms of leading a fun and active lifestyle.

Robyn Dale

Robyn joins us having recently graduated with a masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Sussex. Robyn has lived with type three von Willebrands disorder most of her life, having been diagnosed at the age of four.

Robyn is extremely passionate about social justice issues and hopes to pursue a career in this field now she’s finished her studies.

As a YA, Robyn hopes she can play a part in addressing the significant disparities in healthcare equality for women, especially those from marginalised communities. She wants to raise awareness for women and girls in the bleeding disorder community.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan is 18 years old and has severe haemophilia A. He’s just finished college and is off to university to study adult nursing.

Ryan was motivated to become a YA as he wants to give back to community from which he’s received so much support – especially during the time he’s spent in hospital.

Ryan is extremely passionate about sports – he’s an active swimmer and an avid football fan.