Alison had no idea how much she loved writing until she began to write letters to a friend diagnosed with cancer.
Her letters were only ever meant to cheer him up but they led Alison to leave her City career and pursue a Master’s in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University.
From there she went on to work with short-story champion The Word Factory, was runner-up in the inaugural SASH Writing Competition and has had stories published in several anthologies.
In 2016, together with Brian Greenley (the recipient of her letters), she set up From Me, To You, a national campaign which encourages us to write letters to friends, family and strangers suffering with cancer – keeping them connected at a time when they feel most disconnected.
In 2017, with her life now full of letters, she received a Point Of Light Award from the Prime Minister in recognition of the work the campaign does to tackle social isolation.