A new chapter in patient care 

07/03/2011 00:00 

The complementary therapy team came up with a novel way of inspiring patients undergoing cancer treatment – a best-selling book. 
Complementary therapists (Cancer Services): Louise Page, Sarah Hews and Victoria Dalgleish with copies of Life of Pi

Complementary therapists (Cancer Services): Louise Page, Sarah Hews and Victoria Dalgleish with copies of Life of Pi

As part of World Book Night, complementary therapist Sarah Hews was selected to hand out 48 free copies of The Life of Pi: a thought-provoking book about a young man travelling across the sea in a lifeboat with a tiger, after becoming ship wrecked.
Sarah said: “It is about what we learn about ourselves while going through stressful parts of our lives, how to deal with fear and danger and how to tell the story afterwards. It could be seen as an analogy of the cancer journey.”
The author Yann Martell said he hoped that 'all who receive my book reach safe harbour'. They were distributed to patients on the haematology, oncology and teenage cancer wards at University College Hospital on Saturday (March 5).
Sarah applied to the event organisers outlining why she liked the book and who she wanted to give it to. Her application was successful and the 48 copies were delivered to her nearest bookshop in south London. She then had to get them to work in a wheely suitcase!
Sarah added: “This is everything we wish for the cancer patients at this hospital. It seemed a very appropriate book to me and it’s also a really exciting read for those stuck in a hospital bed!”
The launch of World Book Night in conjunction with BBC2 was held on March 5.  Members of the public were asked to apply to become a 'giver' of their chosen book – selected from 25 titles. 
Visit the World Book Night website for more information.


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