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Annie BodenhamWe currently give away over 1,000 pillows each year to people living with cancer. The pillows are a very simple gift that really make a difference. They offer comfort. A simple act of kindness when someone is going through often difficult and painful treatment.

It all started over 50 years ago when Richard Dimbleby was being treated for testicular cancer at St Thomas’ in London. The only thing he ever complained about were the hospital pillows. So his wife Dilys brought in pillows from home and Richard characteristically wished that everyone could be afforded such simple comforts. So that’s just one of the things we now continue to do.

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The pillows are a great symble of what we do. Trustee Kyle Taylor says “The Dimbleby pillows are the embodiment of what DCC is about – offering a little bit of comfort during a difficult time”.

GivingTuesday DCC KyleFormer cancer patient Tessa Holmes told us, “I had never heard of Dimbleby Cancer Care until I was diagnosed with Leukaemia. As well as the chemotherapy treatment, I was given a Dimbleby Cancer Care Pillow. Someone came up to me, handed me the pillow and said “this is for you”. It was such a welcome surprise.

The chemotherapy meant that I was in Guys for five weeks or so, then spent some time at home, before spending more time in hospital. The pillow travelled with me throughout my treatment.

You don’t have to engage with a pillow, but it’s just there offering comfort. While you’re undergoing treatment you inhabit a weird world. What you need is stability. And the pillow is just that. A quiet, everyday thing. I used to sleep with it – and still do – it’s like cooching up to something.

I remember one day it disappeared while I was in hospital. It had been picked up by the nurses in the sheet bag to go to the laundry. The nurse found it for me and had to say “no! Give it back!”. I needed to keep it with me.

It’s a very simple thing, but that is what you need. Something to hold on to. I am now in remission, but I still have my Dimbleby pillow.”


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