Monday, 7 April 2014

I'm not well at the moment. :(

I'm not very well at the moment & won't able to blog properly until I feel better.
I just wanted to let you all know incase you wonder why I'm not blogging.

Thanks for all your support!

Look forward to blogging for you all soon.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Today I'm officially 5 years in part remission from Bone Cancer Osteosarcoma!

I wanted to let you know on the actual day but promise to write up/blog about this asap as I'm so fatigued & in pain at the moment so please check back to see this blog post updated very soon! ;-)

Image Source: Emm Roy

Saturday, 22 March 2014

I can't believe it's already 2 Months since my Dad passed away. R.I.P. Dad xxx

Yesterday I was doing a talk for +UCLPartners about my patient experience & cancer care etc but that  also lead to me talking about my Dad's experience of Pancreatic Cancer & sadly passing away 2 months ago. (I'm doing my blog on my presentation for +UCLPartners properly on a separate blog post on another day.)

So I woke up this morning before I even realised it was the 22nd March 2014 & felt an emptiness inside me like something was missing from me emotionally. Not having my Dad makes me feel like I'm missing a piece of me & that would be the bit were I would love talking to my Dad about history & especially World War 1 & 2.

Discussing how well my Dad's favourite football team +Queens Park Rangers FC .  were doing or not doing lol! Before my Dad passed away I did let him know +Queens Park Rangers FC  had won their last match & what any Q.P.R. Supporter would tell you is unfortunately that hasn't been that often as they'd like & so I knew it would mean a lot to my Dad. When my Dad heard +Queens Park Rangers FC . won he lifted his eyebrows up & smiled as at that point he couldn't speak much as his life was sadly coming to an end. As small as that was telling him that about Q.P.R I knew it would mean the world to him because he'd been such a big fan since the seventies when living in the United Kingdom. My Dad was such a +Queens Park Rangers FC  fan that he went out of his way when my brother was born to put an advert in the national newspaper to say "a fan for +Queens Park Rangers FC  has just been born."

The London Eye Lit Green on St.Patrick's Day 2014

Photo Source: photobucket

I remember this Monday 17th March 2014 (St.Patrick's Day) when I came out of hospital & when travelling back home I went past the London Eye which was all lit in green for St.Patrick's Day & straight away reminded me of my Dad especially as I get my Irish side from him.

It may be another two months Dad but I'll never forgot you & miss the fact you can't read my blog anymore & say what you think of it as you did before each time! I miss seeing your face & talking to you.

I also find it so hard having to change my writing to past tense when mentioning you, like my Dad was a great Dad etc but I'm sure I'm still naturally forgetting & putting the present tense because it's still so hard to think you've gone. :-(

Love you Dad & I hope to see you again one day! Xxxxxx <3

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Sue Ryder contributes a special guest blog post! #findthegroom

Our shops are really important to us, raising millions to help us provide incredible care to those who need it. People with cancer, Parkinson' disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntingdon's all benefit from care we provide at our hospices and neurological centres across the UK.

As you might imagine, we rely hugely on the generosity of the public donating their unwanted items to us so we can continue our work. Whilst most of these items are unwanted, that doesn't mean they are unloved...

At the end of February, an elderly gentleman donated a beautiful wedding dress to us. It belonged to his late wife, who we believe had sadly passed away at our Wheatfields hospice. The dress is beautiful - rather unique an definitely unusual.

The dress was delivered with a note that simply said "A very much 'new look' dress bought at Susan Small, Commercial Street, Leeds, 1953 for (I think) 8 guineas."

It must have been very hard to part with such a treasured item, and we were obviously thrilled to get such a generous gift. But we only feel it's right that we're able to say thank you properly, and maybe find out a bit more about the dress itself.

So, we need people to help us #findthegroom. The dress was given to our shop in Headingley, near Leeds so we believe the groom is local to that area. If anyone recognises the dress, or might know anything about it, we'd love to hear from you!

We rely greatly on generous donations - we can turn your unwanted things into care for those who need it. From time to time, some donated goods really need to have their story told. 

Can you help?! 

Tweet this, post it on Facebook - and hopefully we'll be able to add to the dresses already great story.

Email if you have any details that might help us track down our generous donor, or tweet @Sue_Ryder #findthegroom. Thank you!

Update to #findthegroom - it's now #foundthegroom! 

Read more on the Yorkshire Evening Post:

Friday, 28 February 2014

Talent Ethnic TV presents a.... Spectacular Fashion Show in support of ACLT Cancer Charity.

Tetv Facebook:


"Help us to save more lives

The long term aim of the ACLT is to educate and raise awareness about the importance of registering as potential bone marrow donors, blood and organ donation. Our work will enable worldwide donor searches on behalf of Black, Mixed Race and Ethnic Minority patients. Funds raised will enable us to:

• Continue the essential groundbreaking raising awareness and recruitment drive programmes

• Marketing and PR advertising campaigns via Radio/TV/Print Media and all other media outlets

• Help pay for future Bone Marrow, Blood and organ donation recruitment drives in association with the Anthony Nolan & National Blood Service

• To raise awareness and recruit life savers at schools, colleges, universities, corporate organisations, government offices, community groups etc

• The costs of presentations and filmed DVD footage promoting our life saving work

• Attending conferences and seminars to address large audiences

• Fronting Media Campaigns to raise awareness about Appeals on behalf of patients in the UK and overseas

Charity Number 1119516 Company Number 04956925

Beverley De Gale OBE and Orin Lewis OBE - Co Founders of the ACLT" -