News of how you’ve helped the UK’s cancer patients
Whether it’s a Cancer Kit bringing joy, soothing treats and distraction, a Cancer Coach course providing support and the comfort of a shared experience to recovering patients, or one of our many Workplace Cancer Support training courses, we deliver compassion, comfort and connection to patients, wherever they are on their cancer journey.
It’s you that make this vital work possible. On behalf of every patient whose life you’ve touched in the last year, thank you.
We cannot thank you enough.
Meet Sue, our amazing volunteer
Sometimes the kindness of supporters can transform the lives of cancer patients in the most unusual and unexpected ways.
Ward Sister Lisa Gartenfeld, from Solihull Hospital, contacted Cancer Support UK for help in providing bags for breast cancer patients. She’d noticed that following mastectomies or other types of breast surgery, patients were using plastic carrier bags to transport their drains, which many found both demeaning and depressing.
Sally Boughtflower, our Administration & Supporter Care Manager, contacted Sue Kirby, a keen knitter and seamstress. Sally asked Sue if she could help us by making bags for Lisa’s patients, and Sue was more than happy to help. Using her sewing skills and knowledge, she designed a special bag to meet Lisa’s requirements.
Sue now makes drain bags out of pretty fabric remnants supplied free of charge by her local curtain shop, Front of House Interiors. Lisa’s patients now benefit from a more attractive and dignified solution than plastic bags. Each bag is beautiful, joyful and totally unique!
Download our Drain Bag template to have a go at making one for a cancer patient – you can send any bags you make to Sally Boughtflower at Cancer Support UK, Citibase Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank. London SW1P 4QP.
We’re here to help
If you or someone you know needs cancer support, please explore the rest of our website, call 020 3983 7616 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cancer Coach is our free support group programme for anyone who has completed their physical cancer treatment. Held over the phone or online video, groups are run by trained facilitators and take place once a week for 6 weeks. Talk to others who understand what it’s like – as they have experienced cancer too. Find out more.
- We offer a range of free Cancer Kits to people currently undergoing treatment as a practical aid to recovery. The Kits include practical items for people receiving cancer treatment and can be ordered for yourself or for a friend. Order a Cancer Kit.