The Lewisham and South London Bowel Cancer Support Group (BCSG) have donated an artwork charting their own cancer journeys to the chemotherapy unit (Suite 8) at University Hospital Lewisham.
Members of the group met with chief executive Ben Travis and staff from the unit on Wednesday for an unveiling ceremony. Julie Baker, Macmillan lead cancer nurse said: "This is a brilliant addition, and a wonderfully meaningful piece of artwork for people to enjoy. We really value the group's great feedback on our service, as well as their kind words about our team, who all do such an amazing job."
The group is made up of patients, former patients and relatives. The artwork consists of individual squares produced by members of the group, with a meaning or memory explained in an accompanying book.
“Anyone undergoing treatment at the hospital can look through the book and gain comfort from learning how others have coped with the stresses of cancer,” says Malcolm Sharp, a member of the group. “Our aim is to show that, whatever you may feel immediately after diagnosis or during treatment, cancer is not as frightening as it once was.”
The group meets at the Owen Centre, University Hospital Lewisham, usually on the second Tuesday of each month. You can contact the group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos: Members of the bowel cancer support group with Trust chief executive Ben Travis and staff on the unit
Ben Travis unveils the artwork