Meet the team!
Ally Lloyd (she/her)
I’m Ally! I'm 20, currently studying Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, and I’m one of the LUNA co-founders/trustees. When I am not trying to make social media posts on canva (haha) I like near the sea, listening to podcasts, or making yet another pair of chaotic dungarees. I am super excited to be part the Online Activities team- I get super excited about the possibilities with it and love being able to get excited with Mirren and Heather and all their incredible ideas! For me LUNA is a chance to empower young people with Disabilities to talk about their experiences, and make the world a less lonely place for chronically ill young people!
Beth Dillon (she/her)
Hi I’m Beth, one of the LUNA Project trustees and co-founders. Aside from my role as a Trustee I work as a member of the resources working group which I love!. I'm 21 and I am third year medical student at the University of Glasgow (although originally from Leeds). The LUNA Project means a lot to me: growing up with a chronic health condition and disability presents challenges but strong friendships and understanding from your peers help to make things so much easier. For me, education, whether this be through workshops in schools, social media or resources, provides a way to improve understanding of long term health conditions and I hope that by improving disability education it can lead to both supportive friendships and young people with health conditions feeling more informed and confident. In my spare time I enjoy crafts, reading and going out with my friends and family (particularly to the beach or Highlands or Yorkshire dales) and I also volunteer with St Andrew's First Aid and local Beaver groups!
Ross Tanner (he/they)
I’m Ross, one of the LUNA trustees/co-founders, and it’s a pleasure to be a part of the LUNA Ambassadors working group. I’m 20 years old and I study history & Spanish and I’m currently on my year abroad in Spain. I’ve been friends with Beth for almost 16 years and Ally for almost 5 years so I’ve had the joy of growing up and moving to university with them. LUNA holds a very special piece of my heart and is something I’m deeply passionate about, after second-hand experiencing Beth & Ally’s journey through school I recognise the importance the people surrounding you can make. Since coming to university we all realised that not everyone was as fortunate to have the understanding that we had gained from each other so we wanted to do something about this. Team LUNA have been doing a fabulous job at educating and raising awareness but with the ambassadors scheme we want it to take it a step further; we want to create ‘disability ambassadors’ in every school in Scotland. This will hopefully tackle institutional ableism and create a safe and accessible space for people with disabilities & chronic illnesses. Other than working for LUNA and my studies I am a trustee for the Arkbound Foundation which aims to make publishing more accessible to marginalised voices. I also love painting and drawing in my spare time.
Anna Gallagher (she/her)
Hi! I'm Anna, I'm 20 and I'm a third year medical student at the University of Glasgow. I am passionate about The LUNA Project because I think disability education is the best way to help people support their friends. Outside of LUNA I am a yearly volunteer in Lourdes, and I love my violin, comic books and musical theatre.
Ambassadors & Education Lead
Maria Drelciuc (she/her)
Hi! I’m Maria, I’m 20 years old and a 3rd year medical student at Uni of Glasgow. I joined LUNA in the autumn-winter of 2019 filled with enthusiasm for the project Beth, Ally and Ross were building with so much care. It’s fantastic to see how much LUNA has grown during this time and how the spirit of community and friendship is helping young people with disabilities to feel more empowered, and those without disabilities to be kinder and more compassionate. I am a hiking enthusiast and I love films and books to no end (same rule applies to dark chocolate digestives).
Laura McCafferty (she/they)
Hi, I’m Laura! I’m a third year medical student at the University of Glasgow.
The LUNA Project gives me a chance to support other young people living with disabilities by helping to create a more supportive and understanding environment. I love walking my dog and cooking.
Hi ! I'm Mehar, I'm 22 and I have recently graduated from University. I run a blog (itscomplicatedblog.com) and an Instagram account (@itscomplicated21) dedicated to raising awareness for life with multiple chronic illnesses. Through my insta and blog, I hope to support others on their health journeys feel less alone, and help them navigate the medical systems to find the best help and support possible !
Anthony Collins (he/him)
Hi! I’m Anthony. I’m 18 and currently a first year at Glasgow University, studying Law and English Literature. I joined the Luna Project because I saw the brilliant things they were doing and wanted to take part, as I truly believe the work that The LUNA Project does is so important. In my free time I love comic books, writing, novels and drawing.
Hello, my name is Claire! I am 23 and a Psychology graduate from Abertay University. I am currently undertaking my MSc in Health Psychology at St Andrews University. I wanted to specialise in Health Psychology by promoting positive health behaviours and supporting individuals who have a chronic illness or disability, which I experience in my home life. I am also passionate about health communication, vital for increasing understanding, awareness and, in turn, helping to reduce stigma. I think The Luna Project is fantastic; the opportunity to help raise awareness and provide an outlet of education and support for people is amazing and something I wanted to be involved with! When I am not studying, I enjoy playing golf, crafting, baking, and going on walks with the dogs.
Meghann Patterson (she/her)
I’m Meghann, I’m a third year English Literature and Language student at UofG! When I am not reading, I love listening to podcasts, spending time outdoors and playing with my kitten! I joined LUNA to work with like minded people to spread awareness of chronic illness and disabilities in young people.
Ellie Brownlie (she/they)
I’m Ellie, I’m 21, and I’m originally from Moray in the North East of Scotland. I’m currently studying Psychology at the University of Glasgow. I have been open to speaking about my Dyslexia and Dyspraxia since being identified, and my identities had inspired me to study Psychology, but getting involved in LUNA has been an amazing opportunity to join with and help others. I love being part of such a passionate and enthusiastic team! When I’m not LUNA-ing, I love scouting, hiking, and sewing
Eilidh Murphy (she/her)
I'm Eilidh, I am 21 and I am a 4th year Psychology student at Glasgow Uni. I play and coach netball, and spend as much time as possible with my dogs. I'm passionate about mental health and helping others so when the opportunity to work with The LUNA Project was available I grabbed it with both hands!
Mirren Buchanan (she/her)
I’m Mirren, I’m 19 and I’m a Gaelic student at the University of Glasgow.The trustees of LUNA reached out to me when I started speaking out about my chronic illness and have offered amazing support and friendship over the past year, and i’m so excited to now be leading Online Activities with them! I love reading and cooking, and I live in Glasgow with my wee cat Django.
Ayah Wafi (she/her)
Hi I'm Ayah, I'm 23 years old and from Birmingham, I studied an integrated master's degree in Genetics at the University of Manchester and my Msci research project was on the genetic risk factors of IgE-mediated food allergy. I am now working full time in the allergy field as an allergen risk assessor (just have to add in a disclaimer: my views are entirely my own). I came across LUNA when I was emailed about writing a blog post about my experience having food allergies. I was instantly drawn to LUNA's purpose and really wanted to be a part of making a difference to raising awareness of long-term health conditions such as food allergy specially from a young person perceptive to other young people. I really enjoy creating science communication material and love acting and performing arts too!
Heather McCormick (she/her)
Hi! I'm Heather, I'm 27, and living in Glasgow. Not currently working due to illness, but have a degree in law and a diploma in legal practice. I enjoy sewing, reading, and having cuddles with my dog, Archie. I joined LUNA to help raise awareness of chronic illnesses and the impact disability has on young people.
Ellie Walker (she/her)
23 from Lancaster, 4th year physiology student at UofG. Loves the outdoors and has a passion for campaigning for environmentalism, lgbt and racial equality. She saw amazing work LUNA was doing, it meant a lot to her as a person with a chronic illness and wanted to get involved in such supportive and enthusiastic group.
Aoife Aitken (she/her)
Hi there! I'm Aoife super excited to be events team lead at LUNA. As soon as I heard of this charity I realised how little I knew about chronic illness and disability and how much I wanted to be a part of supporting and raising awareness of it.
I am 22 and a third year psychology student at Glasgow University. I spend my free time playing tennis, gyming, reading, enjoying the outdoors and baking (a lot)!!
Amber Carey - Daw
Hi I'm Amber, I'm 19 and currently a first year Education Studies student. Away from studies I am a massive bookworm and tea enthusiast who loves nothing more than being by the sea! For me working with LUNA is an opportunity to raise awareness of disabilities and amplify disabled voices as a disabled person myself.
Hi, I’m Abbie! I’m 17 and currently studying for my A-levels. I became interested in disability activism due to being disabled myself and joined LUNA to have the opportunity to educate people and reduce the stigmas surrounding disability. Outside of LUNA, I spend my time crocheting, reading and snuggling with my cats.
Hi! I’m Grace, and I’m a second year Law and Politics student at the University of Glasgow. I decided to join The LUNA Project when I noticed all the amazing work they were doing to promote disability awareness and acceptance in young people, and discovered the enthusiastic and friendly team behind the scenes. In my spare time I love to read, cook, walk my dog, and I have recently began learning to skateboard!
Hi! I'm Sophie, I'm 18 and about to start a degree in History at the University of York. Besides studying I love reading, writing (including a blog about my chronic illness) and volunteering in archives. Being involved with LUNA has given me such a wide range of opportunities - from writing blog posts, to being a member of the Online Activities team, to creating Science Communication resources and everything in between - and a way to raise awareness for disability in wider society.
Hi! I’m Stefanie (21 and from the US), and I’m excited to be a part of LUNA’s Resources group. Advocating for disabled and chronically ill people is so important to me, and LUNA provides the perfect platform for me to do that.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors, and connecting with friends.
Thank you from Team LUNA!
As a team, we wanted to say thank you! 2020 was a hectic year so - THANK YOU! From all of us!