Appeal a family affair for Laurie

This year the Sheffield charity Cavendish Cancer Care has seen its 20,000th client - and the links to one of its first are stronger than ever.

Thursday, 27th October 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Thursday, 27th October 2016, 3:45 pm

In 1991, founder David Simons ran a hypnotherapy practice working with clients affected by cancer.

One of the first people he saw was Phillipa Cottam, a young mother living in Sheffield, and she was one of David’s main inspirations for launching the charity.

Phillipa, who had breast cancer, later died after developing a secondary form of the disease.

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Her son Laurie, aged 28, who was only three when he lost his mother, recently qualified as an architect and is working on the project to help Cavendish relocate to a new centre on Wilkinson Street in Broomhall.

The charity is running a campaign, backed by the Sheffield Telegraph, to collect £193,000 to fund the move.

Already more than £56,200 has been raised.

Laurie, whose father David is a director at the scheme’s architects, Race Cottam Associates, said: “People want to go to a place that’s a safe haven. I’ve been working with Cavendish to offer somewhere that feels like a home and completely removed from a hospital ward.

“I was only young when my mum passed away, but it feels like I am making a difference to the charity that had such an effect on her and my dad.”

n To donate to the appeal visit The Cavendish Centre Capital Appeal or call 0114 275 4070.