The inspiration for Wigwam

The inspiration for Wigwam came from Yes to Life's former Executive Director, Sue De  Cesare, who retired recently after eight stellar years heading up the charity.


“The idea came to me after listening to people calling the Yes to Life helpline. People with cancer so often feel lonely and need to speak to others in a similar situation. Their loneliness can be made worse when family and friends do not understand why they would choose to mix mainstream medicine with complementary therapies. People were so grateful for our helpline support, along with the events and workshops, I knew that creating a forum for sharing experiences and making friends would be an enormous help.”

Why the name






“The idea was that a wigwam provides shelter that is flexible, with an informal style and not fixed in any one place. The way that the poles of a wigwam lean inwards to support each other illustrates how a successful group can offer care and help to its members”.

Richard Mayon-White, who had cancer in 2016


Wigwam cancer support groups provide a space where people can come together and share what they are learning about lifestyle changes that support their health and well-being and to receive support and inspiration from others when times are tough. People can talk openly about their challenges and difficulties in a respectful, non-judgemental and confidential environment. Wigwam support groups are not therapy and not about pushing any agendas, solutions or products.

Wigwam is an initiative of the registered charity Yes to Life.

We are the UK’s integrative cancer care charity.

For 14 years we have provided support to people with cancer through the confusing options for care.

We offer straightforward evidence-based information, lifestyle choices, as well as financial support to help empower people to make their own choices about their cancer care.

Find out more by heading to


71-75 Shelton Street

Covent Garden

London WC2H 9JQ


0203 222 0587


© Yes to Life is a Registered charity with  no: 1112812