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We are proud to have the support of clinically gifted and influential Patrons without whom our charity could not have begun its important work.






Professor Karol Sikora, Patron

"The rise in the popularity of complementary and alternative medicines for cancer reflects in part the inability of orthodox medicine to deliver what people want - hope in a caring environment with the increased ability to cope with the stress caused by the disease.  The internet now lists over three hundred million cancer sites. 

Agency relationships in which healthcare professionals act as the patient's agent making decisions on complex technical matters such as the benefits of different types of adjuvant chemotherapy have increasingly put the patient more fully in the driving seat.  

Different people respond differently to these approaches and find the information bewildering and are not able to assimilate the options.  Others get confused and frightened and are pushed further into denial.

Good Integrated medicine is rapidly becoming an essential tool in cancer care as the technical options increase and the patient plays a greater role in their choice of care." 







Dr Maria Michelagnoli, Consultant Oncologist, Patron

"I am a paediatric and adolescent oncologist at the University College Hospital.  We have been privileged to have a team of healers working alongside ourselves for the past number of years.  In fact, the team have become integral members of our paediatric and adolescent multidisciplinary teams.

They have provided complementary roles in many circumstances including troubled/anxious children and young people and their families, are supportive of those chronically unwell and have been utilised for specific difficulties such as needle-phobia.  In addition, they have provided important staff support; the roles are varied and dependent on the preferences of families and children.

In particular, we found no conflict of interest with ‘spiritual healing' proffered by religious groups.  It is hard to imagine how the service would function without the support and dedication of our particular team.I can't recommend enough the value of this resource within the service."








Stephen Rowley Senior Divisional Nurse Clinical Haematology UCLH

“Even with today’s clinical advancements cancer remains a debilitating experience. The combined damage from disease and intensive treatment, on self, family and employment often has an overwhelming effect on an individual’s wellbeing. To think all this can be treated by chemotherapy and radiotherapy is simply daft! 

 This was why in 1999 when I first saw Angie and then later her team provide healing to patients at University College London Hospitals, it was immediately obvious that patients benefited from having this additional support and that they very quickly considered it to be an essential part of their treatment. Not as curative treatment (although some additional hope is a powerful phenomenon) but simply to help cope with the profound experience and impact of cancer treatment. Some of the patient interactions were quite spectacular. But most impressive was the way something like healing was so quickly integrated into an acute NHS service. Seeing doctors ask for a healer to help support a patient through a medical procedure was not unusual and at the time represented a quiet but important evolution in cancer care.  

Over the subsequent decade, the supportive and clinical benefits that healing provides has provided the evidence and assurance for healing to be delivered alongside conventional treatments on a wider scale. The further expansion of well governed healing into 13 other centres ‎via the SBSHT is further tangible evidence of the role healing is playing in the integrated care of patients. 

Some will naturally question the evidence and funding of healing with charitable or NHS monies. But for perspective we can ask the same question of the far greater millions of pounds spent across the NHS, on say, Public Relations departments to name just one. All these things probably have value. But healing is a front line treatment involving human to human contact when a person with cancer most needs a helping hand. I know which ‘department’ I would prioritise. 

I applaud Angie's work and her non conditional dedication to others, and the work of healers and complementary therapists across the UK helping support cancer patients; in ways that probably only people who have had cancer can properly articulate. As health care professionals we need to target the individual as well as the disease. Being able to provide healing alongside conventional treatment is something that helps us to do that”. 

 







Dr Beatrice Seddon, Clinical Oncologist, Patron


 Dr Jean Galbraith








Our friend and great supporter Dr Jean Galbraith died peacefully at home on Wednesday 19th March.  Jean was a doctor in General Practice for thirty-one years, and also in Infectious Diseases at St Albans hospital for seventeen years. In this time, she founded or chaired many organisations to support her community, and volunteered to help the homeless both as a healer and in other ways. Jean helped establish a cancer care support group and to set up a fund to bring Macmillan nurses to St Albans that eventually resulted in the creation of Grove House Hospice.  She also chaired Child Health International, and the London branch of the Doctor-Healer Network.

It was after the early death of her daughter Kirstie in 1986 that Jean encountered spiritual healing, on a visit to the Bristol Cancer Care Centre. Following two years of study and discovery she introduced two spiritual healers into her General Practice on a professional basis, as well as running meditation classes for her patients to reduce their stress symptoms. She brought together a team of healers to work with the homeless in St Albans and was a pioneering GP who helped the integration of healing into healthcare.

We will miss her vibrant energy and humour and will always remember her sparkling blue eyes, dry wit and infectious laugh.

As individuals and as a charity we are hugely grateful for her support and guidance.


Professor George Lewith, MA DM FRCP MRCGP, Patron

Professor George Lewith, MA DM FRCP MRCGP, Patron

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Professor George Lewith. He will be sadly missed for his drive and passion of providing integrated medicine for his patients.

Professor George Lewith was a medical doctor and Professor of Health Research at the University of Southampton Medical School, where he was Head of the Complementary and Integrated Medicine Research Unit. 

He acted as a consultant in complementary medicine to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the USA Federal Drug Administration and the American National Institute of Health. He was one of the thirty three eminent medical scientists and clinicians who are Fellows of the Prince's Foundation for Integrated Health

"It's a great privilege for me to be a Patron of The Sam Buxton Sunflower Healing Trust.  Healing is probably one of the most ancient medical arts and if it can provide comfort and solace to those who are suffering, I am only too happy to be of some assistance in that process."





  




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