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The meaning of sharing something so simple

Updated: Mar 22

Cancer is devastating but unexpectedly for me, it also brought joy, love and friendship.

During my dad's cancer journey, Christie Hospital was a place where we made friends, where we had time to think about what is truly important in life. I am forever grateful for meeting Oliver and Katie on the Palatine ward.Oliver, a young man in his 20s, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma and was receiving treatment the same time as Dad. After a short remission in December 2018, Oliver sadly found his cancer had returned and was impacting on his brain.

We had the joy of attending the wedding of Oliver and Katie in the hospital garden during his last weeks at the Christie. I was lucky enough to share the warmth of the friendship of Katie after Oliver’s death.


Meeting Katie gave me hope about all that is good in people. The selflessness of a young woman in her 20s who showed enormous courage but above all it was her innate desire to share love by giving away her hand made felt hearts to cancer patients on the ward that made me so humble. It was something so simple, so raw, and so honest that in those moments of meeting her it gave life real meaning. I hope you are able to take a moment to think about the meaning of sharing something so simple.


Simple acts of kindness that make such a positive difference to so many people. The centre of our vision and mission at Silk Elephant and so critical at this challenging time.

Oliver and Katie


Thank you to Katie for agreeing to become a Trustee of Silk Elephant. Keeping the strength of Oliver alive.


Katie's hand made felt hearts are at the centre of the charity through our silk elephant logo, keeping the memory of Oliver alive. It also reminds us during these challenging times that small simple acts of kindness are at the centre of the meaning of all that is good in our community.








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