By Lucy Wilson
David Simons founded Sheffield charity Cavendish Cancer Care 25-years-ago.
Cavendish Cancer Care supports local people who are living with cancer. The centre on Wilkinson Street provides free emotional support to those with cancer and their families.
This year, events will be in place to celebrate the 25th anniversary. “This year is a big year – we will be seeing our 20,000th patient,” says David. “This makes us aware that we’ve come a long way.”
Alongside his dentistry career, David, now 75, trained in hypnosis. “Doctors would send me their cancer patients for therapy in the 70’s and 80’s,” says David. “In 1990, I was lucky enough to stop dentistry altogether and open up Cavendish Cancer Care.”
“I didn’t realise that I was ruthless until then,” says David.
From there, David approached professionals to help with Cavendish Cancer Care’s development. “What I wanted was safety and security of patients, t work alongside mainstream medics and that all treatments available would be free.”
“I loathed being a dentist for 25 years but now I get a huge joy out of running the charity. I am professionally pleased.”
Referrals to Cavendish Cancer Care are not made by medical professionals but through word of mouth or the website. “We have a waiting list of fewer than five days,” says David. “We know that when someone approaches us, they need to be seen straight away.”
Each year, Cavendish Cancer Care costs £600,000 to run. The charity largely relies on the generosity of fundraisers and friends. Throughout the year, the charity puts on fundraising events to raise funds.
Visit the Cavendish Cancer Care website for more information