Our buddies offer help because they want to give something back. They are not trained counsellors or medical experts and they should not advise you on your treatment or medical situation. But they do understand what you’re going through. They can help you learn more about lymphoma and allay some of your fears.
If you think this could help you, we’ll try to connect you with a buddy. Once we’ve matched you with a buddy, you can get in touch with them when you are ready. Your buddy won’t necessarily live near you, but you will be able to talk over the phone or email. They won’t usually contact you to see how you’re getting on – it’s up to you to contact them when you need to.
We take up references and give our buddies training, so you can feel confident they’ll support you in the best way they can. We’ll also check with you to make sure the buddy service is working for you.
As we are a UK charity, this scheme is for people throughout the UK. If you live outside the UK, we recommend that you contact the lymphoma patient and carer organisation in your country as treatments and healthcare systems vary overseas.
The buddy service is for anyone aged 18 or over who has been diagnosed with lymphoma themselves or knows someone who has.
We will do our best to find a match for you. Please be aware that it can take a few weeks for us to put you in contact with a buddy.
We are grateful to the Roger Counter Foundation and donors to our buddy appeal for helping to fund our buddy service.
We are not currently recruiting for new buddies, as we had such a fantastic response to our last appeal.