Long-term champions of Yes to Life, Linus Roache and Sophie Sabbage join Jerome Flynn as our new Patrons.
Like just about everyone these days, actor Linus Roache (Law & Order, Vikings) has first-hand experience of friends and family who have the disease. “My cousin died of bowel cancer aged just 53, and more recently I have had three very close friends all struggling with various cancers. Being close to them, witnessing and helping them try to navigate the daunting, complex world of treatments, institutions and mindsets is incredibly overwhelming. Each one of them are heroes to me and it has made me value the critical resource that an organisation like Yes to Life can bring to people who are trying to find their way with cancer.”
Linus said: “I’m delighted to be able to step into this new role as a patron. YTL is more than a great charity, it provides a way forward, to help empower people, confront cancer and say exactly what the charity is called …. Yes to Life.”
Together with being a great figurehead for Yes to Life, Linus will help with fundraising and with promoting the huge range of support and information services provided by the charity. Find our more about Linus here
For Sophie, Yes to Life is a lifeline for people with cancer. “This charity has so many benefits for cancer patients, but what I love most is that it supports us to direct our own treatment and make our own choices. We often get caught in the crossfire between orthodox medicine and complementary health, but Yes To Life helps people to take the complementary medicine route if they so choose, while providing vital information about best practice (and practitioners) in the process. It is also led with love, commitment and a deep understanding of how painful this experience can be.”
Sophie is a bestselling author, speaker, facilitator and patient activist. Following an incurable cancer diagnosis in 2014, Sophie became a passionate patient activist, helping cancer patients around the world to navigate the emotional challenges of the disease and take charge of their own treatment.
Her first book, ‘The Cancer Whisperer’, is an international bestseller that has had a significant impact on patients around the world.
Her latest book, ‘Lifeshocks: And how to love them’, is about how to harness the transformative power of the unwanted and unexpected moments in our lives. She calls these moments ‘lifeshocks’. Sophie continues to share her own deeply personal story as well as other case studies in a groundbreaking book about how to unleash our creativity in our darkest hours – be they related to cancer, bullying, sexual assault, addiction, rejection or simply finding your path through the world.
Through numerous appearances on national radio, including Woman’s Hour and a BBC World Service documentary, as well as television appearances with presenters such as Lorraine on ITV, Sophie is breaking new ground on how to deal with a cancer diagnosis. Find out more about Sophie here
Jerome is Yes to Life’s first Patron, helping to raise funds for Bryony’s treatment before she died in 2004. Throughout the life of the charity, actor Jerome Flynn (Ripper Street, Game of Thrones) has provided invaluable support as the ‘face’ of Yes to Life.
“My father died of cancer with many potential years of his life still to come, as did my dear friend Bryony, who was barely entering womanhood when she was taken from us. In both cases it was extremely hard for them to find the information and support they desperately needed beyond the conventional, and often quite negative route of western medicine. Yes to Life has now changed that, helping thousands to navigate their illness both holistically and positively, working with conventional medicine, to truly find the best way forward for each person.
Thank you Bryony and Robin for dreaming up and creating a such a precious resource for us all!”
Find out more about Jerome here