Aspiring writers needed to write letters to cancer patients at Southmead Hospital

From Me to You, a charity that encourages individuals to write to patients undergoing cancer treatment, is hosting a free online letter writing workshop to help people find the courage and inspiration to write to either a stranger or loved one living with cancer. The Big Letter Write will take place on Thursday 21st October and include tips on how to write a great letter, ideas for content and fun activities including making stationary and crafting envelope-sized gifts. 

The Big Letter Write aims to demystify how to write a letter to someone who is going through treatment or living with cancer, as people often struggle to find the right words. The online workshop will also demonstrate just how easy it is to write to a stranger. The Bristol Southmead Hospital is already signed up to receive letters for its patients, and From Me to You is hoping that even more will be written and distributed as they can make the world of difference. 

Alison Hitchcock, Co-Founder of From Me to You, explains: “We are thrilled to be able to host another Big Letter Write event as it is such a fun way to help people get pen to paper and write some wonderful letters. We often hear that emotional support can sometimes disappear as patients embark on surgery and treatment, as those close to them just don’t know what to say or how to communicate. Written notes are so special because they help people to express emotions and feelings that they might struggle to articulate face-to-face. The workshop will help individuals to tackle that first line of the letter, which is often seen as the hardest part. 

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“Letters are also a wonderful opportunity for the writer to grab a moment of reflection. Research shows that a routine of letter writing can increase levels of contentedness and lower instances of depression. It is often a time for people to discover a talent and that they never knew they had, as well as embarking on a new hobby.  

“We always want our Big Letter Write to be relaxed and entertaining, so it’s not just about letter writing. There will be quizzes, stationary-making and fun letter facts thrown in too. It’s a great opportunity to grab a group of friends and try out something new. Letters create a legacy and the more we can write the more people there will be feeling connected and less alone.” 

The Big Letter Write is a free one-hour online workshop taking place on Thursday 21st October at 7pm. Individuals can sign up here. A recording of the workshop will also be circulated for anyone not able to attend live. 

Anyone looking to donate or receive a letter can sign up at frommetoyouletters.co.uk

From Me to You was founded in 2016 by Brian Greenley and Alison Hitchcock to inspire people to write letters to those living with cancer. Cancer patients often feel socially isolated as friends drift away unsure of what to say. Letters are a wonderful way to keep people connected at a time when they feel most disconnected.

From Me to You helps people to find the courage to write, either to friends or strangers for its Donate A Letter campaign.