A touching tribute

A couple of weeks ago we were very moved to read the story of Vaughan Illingworth who had set up a fundraising page for us as he is taking on the 100km Run To The Stones challenge later in the summer.

Vaughan’s sister Sarah has been supported by the Dimbleby Cancer Care Information and Support Services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ during and after her cancer treatment and become very well known and liked by the team. Vaughan explained that having undergone successful treatment for breast cancer in 2010, Sarah’s cancer had returned and she’d now been told it was terminal. Sarah herself then went on to explain just why the care and support services were so important to her:

“Now despite being severely life limited Dimbleby has been my lifeline. I would love to see my 25 wedding anniversary in July and Dimbleby are giving me the support I need to make it. The support they give reaches beyond the physical and beyond the patient. The counselling they have given me has literally kept me sane but just as important is that they counsel [my husband] John in his own right and to his own needs as the “silent partner” in the process and will continue to do so after my part is played.

Dimbleby are based at Guy’s hospital London which is where I find myself most of the time. While they can’t cure my cancer or assuage abroken heart I would be grateful if you could support my mad brother so that they can carry on this support for many others until this cruel, indiscriminatedisease is eradicated.”

Very sadly, we learned last week that Sarah had passed away on 29th April. Since then we have been further touched by the tributes that have come into Sarah via Vaughan’s JustGiving page.

Sarah and Vaughan’s words explain very powerfully just how the services we help to provide can, in a small way, make a very big difference to a family going through the most terrible time. Which is why we continue to try to raise the funds necessary for us to meet the ever increasing demand on our services.

As Vaughan says, “Thank you again for taking the time to read this. If you could please, please, take the next few minutes to click “Donate” and reach for your credit card –  thousands of people whom Dimbleby support would be just as grateful and every single penny counts. One last favour; go home and hug or ring your family and tell them you love them.”

If you would like to donate to Vaughan’s page and support him in his summer challenge, please click here.