"To ease, through prayer, the burden of cancer on individuals, their loved ones and the community and to pray that the day will come quickly when all cancers can be prevented or cured."

From a mother to her son

From a mother to her son

My son, my beautiful boy,
I will always remember the day,
that terrible day,
when you told us….
I still remember the telephone call,
I can hear your dad saying
"no son, oh, no son,
please don't let it be true"
Ever loving, ever caring, how it upset you to tell us the devastating news
You lived so far away; I needed to see you right now, hold you, comfort you; I needed to protect you from pain
Was it my fault?
Was it because I was only sixteen when I had you?
They told me I was too young
That must be it, I hadn't been a good mum, and I'm to blame
We talked on the phone, I visited often
You battled nine months of chemotherapy, tiredness and sickness
It almost broke my heart to see you in such pain
Even though you were grown, you were still my baby, my little boy
I never told you, but your dad cried when we cut off your hair
You said you felt lucky; you had excellent treatment, good friends and family who were always there for you
I said I felt selfish, my son had cancer - how can that be lucky?
How much I learnt from you
How I prayed, begged for you to get better, never giving up
and then the moment came….
You were clear
Such joy, celebration and happiness, yet why did I have this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach - you were not out of the woods yet
Four years on, I watch you
Enjoying your life to the full
and planning babies of your own
I celebrate living
I treasure every moment and take nothing for granted
I too now feel lucky
I know I'm not to blame
Together we have fought Cancer
and not only won the battle
but are better people
for the experience

Sue Nugent

Joint winner Liverpool Echo Pause for Hope Poetry Competition 2011

Messages of Hope

A message from:

"A Prayer Companion Through Cancer" by Kate Strickland.

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Service Details

Services 2018

St Paul's Church, Cantley, Doncaster Sunday 11th February 2018 at 3pm

Cathedral Church of St Philip, Birmingham Sunday 25th February 2018 at 3pm

Chester Cathedral Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 3.30pm

St Bernadette's Church, Motherwell ML1 3PH Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 7pm

St Mirin's Cathedral, Paisley Sunday 8th July 2018 at 4pm

St Michael and St John's Church Clitheroe Sunday 14th October 2018 at 3pm

HMP Littlehey Huntington, Cambs PE28 0SR Thursday 4th October 2018

St Peter's Church, Lampeter Sunday 21st October 2018 at 2.30pm

Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Sunday 28th October 2018 at 3pm

Renfield St Stephen's Church, Bath St, Glasgow Thursday 25th October 2018 at 7pm


Services 2019

Formby Next service 2019

Lampeter Sunday 20th October 2019

Liverpool Sunday 27th October 2019



Further Information

Contact Us

Professor Ray Donnelly MBE FRCS
c/o Roy Castle Centre, Cotton Exchange Building, Bixteth St., Liverpool L3 9LQ
T: 0333 323 7200
Website: www.pauseforhope.org.uk

email: pauseforhope@gmail.com