Dimbleby Cancer Care was set up in 1966 in memory of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby and is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London. 2016 marks the charity’s 50th anniversary.
It is a small but powerful charity committed to supporting and funding the human aspect of cancer care. It has centres at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals in London and, once completed later this year, will also offer services from the new cancer centre at Queen Mary’s in Sidcup.
The charity provides a Drop-in Information Centre, Psychological Support Service, Complementary Care Service and Benefits Advice Service – all are now recognised throughout the NHS to be critically important to patients’ wellbeing while undergoing treatment and have a real impact on clinical outcomes, but can only be delivered with the support of charities like Dimbleby Cancer Care. Its highly qualified team of complementary therapists, information specialists, psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists provide crucial support for patients and their families and carers, working alongside the medical teams, chemotherapists and radiologists, in order to help relieve patients’ anxiety and pain before, during and/or after some very unpleasant treatments.
The work the charity undertakes in the cancer community is vital. Often when you are diagnosed with cancer your first thoughts go towards medical care but Dimbleby Cancer Care recognises the practical and psychological support that people living with cancer need to ensure their lives can continue on as normal as possible during and after treatment.
Its 50th anniversary is a great milestone in work within the field of cancer care, but there is so much more to do. With half the UK population by 2020 expected to be affected by cancer at some point in their lives, the charity’s mission is to raise the funds to meet this rapidly growing need.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary the charity has organised Walk50 on Friday 10th June – a fundraising walk through the city of London at night, led by its chairman, broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby.
If you would like to find out more about Dimbleby Cancer Care or take part in Walk50, please visit www.dimblebycancercare.org/events