Anita Hicks

Professional Practice Lead

Anita is one of the founding members and joint Clinical Lead for Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity. Anita’s longstanding experience has been developed over a career in nursing spanning five decades, previously working for the NHS for 40 yrs. She was instrumental in the early development of cancer and palliative care services. Anita was also responsible for commissioning hospital-based Macmillan Nurse’s which sparked her interest in supporting children whose parents have a life limiting condition.

She later went on to complete her degree in public health nursing where she looked at the way children and young people were supported in the community following bereavement.

She enjoys sharing her knowledge through conferences and seminars and empowering others to support bereaved children and families in their community.

Anita has been married for over 40 years and enjoys travelling (with a fascination for New York) and caravanning. She has six children, three of her own and three that she brought up as her own following the death of a close friend.