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Recognition For The Bristol Approach
Founder Of The UK�s First Holistic Cancer Charity Receives MBE

Pat Pilkington, co-founder of the groundbreaking national cancer charity the Bristol Cancer Help Centre, has received an MBE in the New Years Honours List. The charity was founded in 1980 by Pat Pilkington and her great friend the late Penny Brohn following Penny�s own diagnosis of breast cancer. Penny and Pat recognised that, alongside medical treatment, people affected by cancer also often need physical, emotional and spiritual support.

The Bristol Cancer Help Centre pioneered and specialises in the world-famous Bristol Approach to cancer care that uses complementary therapies and self help techniques, to help people to deal with the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings. The Approach works hand in hand with conventional medical treatment and is also taught on courses for health professionals and complementary therapists.

Bristol Cancer Help Centre Chief Executive Christopher Head says

�Together with Penny Brohn, Pat pioneered the Bristol Approach and helped to change the culture of cancer care. Pat�s devoted service to the Bristol Cancer Help Centre�s work for over twenty years has now won well-deserved recognition. She is an inspiration to us, and we are all delighted for her.�

Pat Pilkington commented:

�I am tremendously honoured, amazed and thrilled. I accept this honour on behalf of the whole Bristol Cancer Help Centre, past and present staff, all our wonderful patients, and most of all on behalf of my beloved Penny Brohn, co-founder of the Centre.�

More tributes to Pat Pilkington�s contribution to supporting people with cancer came today from former Bristol Cancer Help Centre resident Trish Hill, and from consultant clinical oncologist at the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Dr. Victor Barley.

Trish Hill comments

�Pat is such a warm and welcoming person. She is very inspirational. The session for patients she led put me in a very peaceful and loving space, without any apparent hard work on her part or mine, and it still keeps me there. Her words and gentle presence had a very profound effect on me.�

Dr. Victor Barley adds

�Over twenty years ago, together with Penny, Pat pioneered the Bristol Approach for cancer patients. As a result, complementary therapy and self-help techniques are now a recognised and integral part of the management of people with cancer. A cancer diagnosis often leaves people feeling helpless, and I believe the Bristol Approach enables people to regain a sense of control and to cope more positively with the challenges ahead.�

Ends

For more information contact Clare Benjamin on 0117 980 9515 or email cbenjamin@bristolcancerhelp.org

Notes to editors

  • The Bristol Cancer Help Centre was founded in 1980 by the late Penny Brohn a woman living with cancer, and her great friend Pat Pilkington to support people living with cancer and those close to them. It is the UK�s leading holistic cancer charity that has pioneered and specialises in the world famous Bristol Approach that provides a unique range of physical, emotional and spiritual support to help people to deal with the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings.

  • The charity offers information and support through its National Telephone Helpline service. Residential courses at the Centre provide people affected by cancer with a holistic programme of care combining complementary therapies, self-help techniques, including practical guidelines on nutrition, and emotional support. The charity�s Cancerpoint service enables people with cancer in the Bristol area to access individual appointments with the Centre�s therapy team.

  • The centre�s internationally respected Bristol Approach works hand in hand with conventional medical treatment and is delivered on residential courses by an experienced multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and complementary therapists. The charity also works to integrate a holistic approach into cancer care, providing training courses to health professionals and complementary therapists.

  • For information and support contact Bristol Cancer Help Centre:National Telephone Helpline: 0845 123 23 10, email:helpline@bristolcancerhelp.org or log onto www.bristolcancerhelp.org.

 

"I accept this honour on behalf of the whole Bristol Cancer Help Centre, past and present staff, all our wonderful patients, and most of all on behalf of my beloved Penny Brohn, co-founder of the Centre."

Mrs Pat Pilkington, MBE  co-founder.