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Abseiling for the Cancer Centre at Guy’s

09.05.16 Categories: Cancer Centre Appeal, Supporter stories

Former patient and staff member Karen Sorensen is taking part in the Cancer Centre Abseil to fundraise for Guy’s and St Thomas’, aiming to raise £500. Karen worked at the hospital initially as Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, and later in the Capital Development team, remaining employed at the hospital for more than 25 years, and she has also received treatment for breast cancer at Guy’s.

The experience of being diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for cancer is incredibly difficult, but Karen knew she was in the best possible hands. So much so, she has been helping to fundraise directly for the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s.

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She also has been deeply involved in developing the Cancer Centre herself, which will help improve services for cancer patients by bringing them all under one roof.

Karen says, ‘The treatment I received was second to none, and the staff were just wonderful. However, the environment was not always ideal, and services were located right across the Trust buildings. I wanted to help improve areas like Radiotherapy and Patient Appliances, where one would go to have a wig and breast prosthesis fitted.’

Karen is taking part in the abseil despite her fear of heights, and will be joining us for the Cancer Survivors’ Day 2016 celebration, at which former patients, their families and their carers will come together to celebrate life and say thank you.

‘This is a chance to celebrate the opening of the new Cancer Centre, which will make such a difference to patients like me who needed a number of different treatments, and it’ll be exciting to see it very close up!’

Karen has been involved in designing the innovative new Cancer Centre, as part of the Patient Reference working group who guided the project.

Karen says, ‘I am particularly excited about a couple of areas in the building which will greatly benefit patients. One is The Fitting Room, which is a purpose-designed shop and fitting rooms where patients can have wigs and prostheses fitted in a welcoming and pleasant environment. The other is The Living Room, a place where patients and carers can escape for some peace and quiet away from the bustle of the main building.’

We wish Karen the best of luck in taking part in the abseil!

There’s still time to sign up. Find out more and register on our event page.

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