Last Monday we were treated to a brilliant performance by blood cancer patient Toby Peach's play at the London Criterion which also raised more than £3000 to help us beat blood cancer.
'The Eulogy of Toby Peach' is all about Toby's experiences of living with Hodgkin lymphoma and all the challenges that go with it.
Performing to an audience of more than 300 people made up of patients, theatre lovers and Bloodwise supporters, Toby took us on an emotional rollercoaster as he retold his incredible story which featured all the significant moments from diagnosis and treatment right through to remission.
Toby's ability to speak so openly about his experiences and brilliant use of metaphors to describe his treatment and facing some of his inner deamons left everyone feeling like they had learned something about what it's like to experience blood cancer.
This lovely feedback we received from Melody Berthoud I think sums up the general feelings about the show:
We'd like to say a huge thank you to Toby for putting on the performance for us and to all our patient Ambassadors and volunteers that came to help us with the collection which raised almost £1000 on the night.
We'd also like to thank the Criterion for allowing us to put on the show and the cast of the show 'The Comedy About A Bank Robbery' who also held a collection during a couple of their shows which raised an additional £1750 which will go straight in to the research that will help us beat blood cancer.
Toby is taking 'The Eulogy of Toby Peach' on tour and we'd recommend it to anyone that wants to understand more about what life's like for blood cancer patients.
Here's a trailer of the show to give you a flavour of what it's all about:
For tickets and more information about Toby's show please visit his website: http://www.tobypeach.co.uk/eulogy