In June 1986, the Hodgkin’s Disease Association (as we were then known) was granted charity status by the Charity Commission for England and Wales. This was a key moment in our history as the only charity in the UK dedicated to lymphoma. Over the years, we have helped thousands of people affected by the UK’s fifth most common cancer by providing trusted information and support.
Throughout our 35-year anniversary, we will have a special focus on ‘positive mental wellbeing’. We believe this reflects everything we do every day to support people affected by lymphoma, from the emotional support offered from our helpline service, through to our support meetings and Live your life virtual workshops that aim to inform, support and connect people affected by a lymphoma diagnosis.
We are inviting all of our supporters to join us in celebrating our 35-year anniversary, and there are lots of ways to get involved! We will be running some special fundraising events later in the year including a cycling challenge, an anniversary tea and our popular Bridges of Britain event. We will keep our website and social media channels up to date with all the latest details. In the meantime, our virtual fitness challenge Jump into January encourages people to keep motivated and look after their physical and mental wellbeing whilst supporting our work. We are also looking for people who are willing to share their stories around how sports, art and creativity supported their mental wellbeing throughout their experience of lymphoma – whether that was upon diagnosis, throughout treatment or when living with and beyond lymphoma. Further details can be found on our dedicated Lymphoma Action 35-year anniversary website page.
We are proud to have been making a difference for 35 years, and are grateful to all of our supporters who have helped us along the way in making sure that no one has to face lymphoma alone.