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International Women’s Day 2024

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Happy International Women’s Day!

We are proud to celebrate this day and promote this year’s theme ‘Inspire Inclusion’. This day is so important to recognise women, their work and successes in everyday life, and we especially want to shout out our patients and Veincentre colleagues.

We are proud to have helped thousands of patients to regain their confidence and give them a new lease of life, to go out and live each day without the burden of their vein problems.


Our Patient Stories

We are inspired by the stories of our patients who have gone on to do great things after their treatment!

Janet suffered with her varicose veins for 40 years, and spoke about how two appointments fixed four decades of insecurity. For Tina, her painful varicose veins gave her grief for 20 years and used to ride her bike to relieve the pressure and pain. Since having treatment with us, Tina has achieved her personal bests in cycling and has even taken part in the East Coast to West Coast 14 hour bike ride, completing 205 miles! Jessica plucked up the courage after 20 years to transition from male to female, and alongside this decided to finally do something about her varicose veins, so that she would be able to wear skirts and dresses, and be able to live as her most authentic self.

You can read our full list of patient stories here.


Our Team

To celebrate International Women’s Day, our team have spoken all about what the day means to them, and what their message for the day is. You can also watch our video here to see some of our colleagues members talking about the importance of International Women’s Day.


Helen BurndredNurse Manager and Advanced Nurse Practitioner

“International Womans Day for me is a day which reminds me to stop and reflect on how much I have achieved at work and in my personal life.
Balancing these two things can be difficult. Being a good mum, wife, sister, daughter, friend whilst also having a good career involves commitment, hard work and sacrifice can be challenging.”


Sarah Brown –  Staff Nurse

“For me, it’s an opportunity to reflect on the incredible achievements women have made over the years. I see it as a barometer of how far we have come but also a reminder of how much more work there is to do.”


Jenny DuongStaff Nurse

What IWD means to me: “To be proud to be a female, to be strong, empowered, supportive of others and an inspiration to other females.”



Dr Mark RegiConsultant Interventional Radiologist & Training and Education Lead

“International Women’s Day is important to me because it’s important to the women and girls in my life. It’s a day to celebrate the support that women give eachother and to inspire the world to do more for equality.”


Donna BraxtonSenior Patient Adviser

“For me, International Women’s Day is about celebrating beauty, grace and strength to women all around the world.”


Kayleigh WalleyMedical Secretary

My IWD message: “To encourage and support eachother in our goals and achievements and to celebrate every win that we can!”


Oliver Jones – Customer Service Agent

As a man, International Women’s Day holds great significance to me because it serves as a reminder of the essential work and rights of women in our society. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women globally, while also acknowledging the ongoing work needed to achieve gender equality and promote inclusivity in all aspects of life and work.”



Lisa DownwardGroup Clinic Operations Manager

“For me, IWD is a day of significance and meaningfulness. It serves as a reminder for all the women that have advocated for equality and made it possible to enjoy greater chances and freedoms than prior eras. It’s a day to celebrate how far they have come, how much potential they hold and how far they can go.


Mike CasewellDigital Transformation Director

“International Women’s Day is a chance for us to celebrate women and to champion the power of women’s voices that are driving positive change in the world. It gives us a chance to look back at those influential women who have been before us, to understand those who live among us today, and to pave the way for those who are still to come.”


Alice DunnPlanning and Resource Coordinator

My IWD message: “Always be happy for another woman’s success, women are strongest when we support and guide each other.”


Phil Clarke – Finance Director

“As a father of a 1 year old girl, it means building a world that is inclusive and equal for all. Building a world where my daughter can choose what she wants to do and have an equal chance of success to all her peers. It means she has no ceilings. As a business leader it means promoting respect, opportunity and comfort in the workplace. I am proud to work in a business that is full of talented, hard working women who every day teach me something. Men and Women should celebrate today equally. Be happy with what we have achieved as a society to date and also aware of how far we still have to go in the pursuit of absolute equality.”




Maurice McLoughlinChief Executive Officer

“IWD can trace its origins back more a century and while much has changed in that time for women and women’s rights, the disheartening reality is we still have a long way to go before we achieve gender parity. IWD provides the opportunity to highlight the Global Community women’s achievements and key contributions while raising awareness of the daily challenges still faced by women, even in countries like the UK.”


Arvind ChandokPatient Adviser

My IWD message: “By coming together on IWD, we can help create a culture that allows anyone to do or be anything they want, regardless of gender.”


Daniel WrightCustomer Service Agent

“I think that IWD is about celebrating all the amazing women out there – especially my wife, who I don’t think I would still be here if it wasn’t for her.”


Max WeaverBusiness Intelligence Analyst

What IWD means to me: IWD is a reminder of how far we have come as a society to be so inclusive of everyone, regardless of gender, and to recognise the struggles that women of history needed to go through to get rights and respect that today are trivial.”



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