Di volunteers to say 'Thank You'

Di Yeomans was diagnosed with cancer following a routine examination in 2002. At the time she was a deputy head teacher in a busy school.

The support Di received from York Against Cancer, particularly from co-founder Steve Leveson and his wife Pat, made her determined to volunteer for the charity when she retired.

“The Cancer Care Centre at York Hospital was a haven of protection, care and security. The centre gives people with cancer the cocoon they need – you are ‘safe’ in an area with others having treatment, being advised, reading and learning about living with cancer, choosing headgear, enjoying therapies – all without the feeling of the outside world looking at you in sympathy. You are with people who understand.”

Di volunteers for three hours every fortnight in the York Against Cancer shop at the hospital but has also been a collector, manned the Christmas shop and baked a few cakes. She recently drove four patients to St James Hospital, Leeds, for their radiotherapy treatment in the York Against Cancer minibus.

Di said: “The four gentlemen travelling had become firm buddies, relaxed in each other’s company and happy to chat about their progress. They had the security of knowing that the York Against Cancer office staff could change their appointments if necessary so they could use the bus each day, taking all that stress of organisation away. Clearly they were overwhelmed with the help and support this gave them. The minibus driving brought home to me how much our local community appreciates what we do.”

Di is delighted to be part of a charity that cares and supports people from York and the surrounding areas and is pleased that she has the opportunity to give something back through volunteering.