When Dianne suddenly and unexpectedly passed away in January 2019 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, there was an incredible outpouring of love and grief from people across the North West.
Initially overwhelmed by the public response, Dianne’s husband quickly decided to harness all that amazing positive energy to try and salvage something positive from the carnage that Ovarian Cancer had wrought in their lives.
In the days immediately following her memorial at Manchester Cathedral, he founded the Dianne Oxberry Trust and galvanised a small group of friends, each with a unique set of skills, to join him as Trustees.
Registered with the Charities Commission in record time, the Charity went on to raise over £150,000 by the end of the year and has already supported vital research and support initiatives to help others diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
The Charity has now focused its efforts on raising awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer to secure faster diagnosis and better outcomes so that other families have more time together than Dianne had with hers.
Is that we shorten the delay between symptoms and diagnosis to ensure the best possible outcomes for every sufferer giving more women more time with their loved ones.
Is to educate and inform women in the highest risk groups across the North West about the combination of symptoms of ovarian cancer so they are able to present earlier to their GPs and secure a speedier diagnosis.
Dianne’s husband and a professional broadcast cameraman, Ian is the founder of Dianne Oxberry Trust.
A long-term friend of Dianne’s, Nicky runs Blue Chip Marketing, an agency in Manchester, and is our Chairperson.
Dianne’s friend and on-air radio partner for many years on BBC Radio Manchester. Eamonn is Chief Executive of St Ann’s Hospice and is our Head of Governance.
Dr Siobhan Ferguson
Dianne and Siobhan started down the motherhood road at the same time and became close friends. A Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at North Manchester General Hospital, Siobhan heads up all things Medical & Research for DOT.
Dianne’s dog-walking bestie, Jo runs her own personal training business, Jo Rosenberg Fitness and oversees our Events and Donations.
Annabel and Dianne shared a dressing room and a friendship working together at the BBC. Annabel presents North West Tonight.
Roger worked – and laughed – alongside Dianne on BBC One presenting North West Tonight for many years. Roger is also a presenter on BBC Breakfast.
Dianne’s oldest friend and partner-in-crime from Radio 1 days. Jackie runs BroadStance Media and heads up all things media for us.