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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Fundraising for UCLH - Cancer Fund

Alan & Marion (with Freyja)
I have decided to split my fundraising between two charities and will be writing a second post in the future about Rebecca House.

This post is about UCLH - Cancer Fund

In September 2018, my sister Marion had been breastfeeding her son for 10 months when, what she thought was mastitis, was diagnosed as breast cancer.

She has since received amazing treatment from University College Hospital, including chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, which has successfully removed the cancer.
A lot of Marion's treatment was at the Macmillan Cancer Centre, and she is incredibly grateful for the care and expertise of the doctors, consultants and nurses there and in the main hospital, and also for the facilities and support available at the Macmillan Support and Information Service (directly funded by the UCLH Cancer Fund). "The support service was invaluable, especially when attending with my son. The staff were friendly, reassuring and very knowledgeable and the centre is well equipped for families dealing with cancer." Marion and her family were always made to feel welcome, with tea, biscuits and toys available, and she was able to access alternative therapies made possible by the UCLH Charity. Marion spoke of the art installations and live music in the centre, and it is the superb overall level of pastoral care which made me decide that I wanted to raise money for the UCLH Cancer Fund. They really do care deeply for their patients and provide excellent support, any family affected by cancer can relate to this.

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