Write a letter to someone dealing with cancer

I’m writing on behalf of cancer support charity, From Me to You, to ask the people of South London to take 10 minutes out of their day to write a letter to someone fighting cancer.

During October, the charity runs its Big Letter Write Campaign, encouraging as many people as possible to put pen to paper to help cancer suffers in the area who may be feeling isolated and lonely.

From Me to You sends 10,000 letters out every year and after a 25 per cent increase in requests in recent months, it’s urging everyone in the area to get involved and help it be there for those who need a reminder that they are not alone.

As a cancer survivor , I understand first-hand the loneliness and isolation that cancer can bring.

Even with a close support network around me, I felt increasingly disconnected from society.

Whilst people’s lives continued around me, mine ground to a halt, with treatment taking over.

On one of my many trips to hospital, I was handed a letter by a nurse – a letter which had been donated through From Me to You.

This letter offered me an escape from my treatment that day; taking me into someone else’s life, a life without cancer.

I was so grateful to the person who had taken time out to write it and found myself re-reading it many times.

A letter is a simple gift, but one that offers connection, kindness and joy.

The charity has a Donate A Letter programme, where you can donate anonymous letters to them.

They offer lots of help and support, including free online workshops to help with writer’s block and a pack that can be sent out to help get you started.

If you’d like to be involved, From Me to You would love to hear from you.

They provide all the information and inspiration needed to start writing.

Visit to request your starter pack.

And if you don’t think writing is for you, but you want to help the cause, they are always grateful for stamp donations, or money to buy stamps, so that they can send letters to those who need them.

If you are currently fighting cancer and would like to receive a letter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with From Me to You via their website.

Colleen, Cancer survivor and From Me to You.
(All letters are read by From Me to You volunteers before giving out to cancer patients)



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