Our most recent appeal told the story of James Allison, whose personal experience of the Beatson Cancer Charity Wellbeing Centre helped him cope with his gruelling treatment for leukaemia.
Very sadly James lost his battle against leukaemia on Saturday the 3rd October. He was so proud of the appeal and wanted to share his personal experience of the Wellbeing Centre with as many people as possible so that they could understand how important the Centre is to patients. In the same generosity of spirit that James showed constantly throughout his treatment, his family and his partner, Jason are determined to make sure the appeal raises as much money as possible.
Jason, James’ partner, would like to thank you all for your kind words and generosity:
“This appeal along with the Wellbeing Centre was immensely important to James. The appeal gave James a sense of purpose to life when he felt he had no hope. James could not comprehend just how generous people had been and was extremely proud.
The Wellbeing Centre is extremely important to the friends and family of loved ones fighting their own personal battles. It allows for a neutral ambiance - not a hospital environment. We used to sit and talk about how our respective days had been as we sat listening to the radio overlooking the skyline of Glasgow.
On behalf of James and myself. Thank You.”
Read more about James experience of the Wellbeing Centre below.
The Beatson Cancer Charity Wellbeing Centre on Level 4 of The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre is open from 9.00am in the morning to 9.00pm in the evening, seven days a week. It provides a unique space where patients can relax away from the clinical environment of the wards. The Wellbeing Centre is funded entirely by Beatson Cancer Charity through the generosity of our supporters.
James was diagnosed with Leukaemia and admitted to The Beatson the 27th of March, he had no idea that it would become his home for six months.
James confessed "At times, the stress and fear of dealing with a life-threatening illness has been unbearable"
However staff at Beatson Cancer Charity's Wellbeing Centre are always there to listen and reassure patients, like James, when they are feeling anxious or worried. The Centre offers a range of complementary therapies to in and out patients, such a reflexology or massage to help patients relax and manage their pain and side effects.
James found the tranquil surrounding of the Centre a lifeline during his arduous treatment regime. He would often be at the Centre as the doors opened as he found it was a place where he could escape the ward and the constant reminder of his illness. If he was feeling stressed or anxious a massage would ease his tension and if he simply wanted to listen to music in a quiet place then the centre was the perfect space to relax and enjoy the views across Glasgow.
James developed a strong relationship with Susan, a Centre Assistant and found it helpful to talk to her about his fears, rather than upsetting his family. James is sure if it hadn't been for Susan's compassion and reassuring words he wouldn't have been able to carry on with his treatment.
Beatson Cancer Charity's Wellbeing Centre is a peaceful haven away for the ward. As James so perfectly summed up, "Beatson Cancer Charity's Wellbeing Centre is my daily lifeline. A place where I'm seen as James the person, and not the cancer patient".
Please help us to continue supporting cancer patients like James at the Beatson Cancer Charity Wellbeing Centre.