We all love receiving a handwritten letter through the post, the feeling you get. That rush of excitement, the anticipation of ‘what’s inside?!’ - Reading well thought out words from someone close to us, offering an opportunity of reflection and even becoming a tactile keep sake for the future. Letters provide us with such a wholesome experience.
A group who really understand the emotive power of letters and the positive effects receiving they can bring, is the charity From Me to You. So in celebration of Letter Writing Day tomorrow we wanted to write a small feature about this inspiring organisation that encourages people to write to loved ones who are experiencing illness.
Set up by Alison Hitchcock and Brian Greenley, From Me to You was developed as a result of Brian being diagnosed with bowel cancer; In a bid to help him through what is an incredibly isolating and terrifying experience, Alison began writing letters to Brian, providing the support and distraction he needed. Four years later Brian has fully recovered and together with Alison their mission is to encourage and inspire people to write letters to friends and family suffering from cancer.
The idea is simple: write a letter, put it in an envelope, stick a stamp on it and send it on its way. Yet, the impact of such a simple task on the recipient is an incredibly powerful, emotive and supportive experience. There are so many reasons, ‘why it’s good to write’, as Brian and Alison explain. For the recipient the positivity that comes from receiving a letter is undeniable, from holding it in your hands and evoking the senses with its tactile nature, offering an alternative to today’s digitally driven world. Plus, the act of writing can be just as good for the writer, with research showing how the routine of letter writing can increase levels of contentedness and lower instances of depression.
From Me to You’s website is filled with writing resources, toolkits and a community to help anyone interested in writing letters, including workshops and letter writing days, tips on what to write and handy opening lines. Alison and Brian have created a hub of expertise to guide you along experience.
Want to get involved in another way? In line with Letter Writing Day, PwC will be holding a charity walk on behalf of From Me to You, taking on a 100km walk volunteers will walk from Tower Bridge to Henley-upon-Thames. With the proceeds of the sponsorships going towards From Me to You letter writing workshops and letter writing days, for more information take a look at their blog;
We all hope that we would never be in a situation where a loved one is diagnosed with cancer but with a multitude of reasons why letter writing can be beneficial to both the writer and recipient, it is easy to see how such a simple act can offer an individual suffering an isolating illness warmth, positivity and companionship.
Posted: 30/08/17 by Blake