Role models

A helping hand

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means.”

Albert Einstein


I have supported the work of the Teenage Cancer Trust for some time now. Occasionally, they ask if I would visit young people in hospital to offer understanding and perhaps inspiration.

As you know, where cancer is concerned, my philosophy has been that it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. You can beat it – life can get better. But obviously not everyone does get better.

I once visited a 12-year-old boy. We really connected. In some ways, he reminded me of myself. When we first met, he didn’t know where the cancer was going to take him but, like me, he was committed to being as positive as ...

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