Sock it to lymphoedema!

Dame Judi Dench says Sock it to Lymphoedema!

Lymphoedema Awareness Week 4th-10th March 2018

See the 'Sock it to lymphoedema' photo gallery

See Gemma Levine's 'Sock it to lymphoedema' photo gallery

Each year the British Lymphology Society (BLS) and the Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN) use Lymphoedema Awareness Week to bring lymphoedema to the attention of the general public and healthcare professionals and to also raise funds to support the work of the LSN. This year the two organisations would like to make it an even bigger and better event! 

The LSN and the BLS will be working together to promote the LSN's annual 'Sock it to lymphoedema’ campaign, in collaboration with our members, to encourage them to raise awareness of the condition by wearing odd socks to ‘Sock it to lymphoedema’ on World Lymphoedema Day – 6th March. During that week, various awareness events take place and whilst the LSN isn’t able to organise individual events, due to lack of resources, many of the lymphoedema clinics do, so if you are asked by your clinic to help with a local awareness event, do try to support them.

For our part, the LSN has already been busy spreading the word about the ‘Sock it to lymphoedema’ campaign and would love you to raise money and awareness by doing all or one of the following things:

  • Film yourself, friends or family doing something funny, serious, exciting or mundane wearing odd socks in support of the ‘Sock it to lymphoedema’ campaign. Email your film to us at during February, so we can upload them onto our YouTube channel in the weeks leading up to awareness week or on the day itself on 6th March so we can share the fun.  Don’t forget to say ‘Sock it to lymphoedema’ and to also post your films onto your own Facebook pages, Instagram accounts and twitter feeds.
  • Hold an event during awareness week to raise funds for the LSN – get in touch with the LSN office for a free fundraising pack or go for an idea of your own - cake sale, sponsored knit, static cycle marathon, teddy bears' picnic! Posters are available below that you can download and personalise. There is also downloadable information about lymphoedema for both patients/members of the public and Health Care Professionals. Please do let us know about your event so we can support you.
  • Make a donation by going to the LSN donations page or JustGiving page, make a text donation by texting LSNS18 followed by the amount you wish to donate e.g. £10 to 70070.

The ‘Sock it to lymphoedema’ campaign is already hotting up; it will be supported by our Corporate Sponsors, several medics and surgeons in the field of lymphoedema and lymphoedema clinics, so watch out for some unexpected videos on our YouTube channel!! Please do try to support Lymphoedema Awareness Week in whatever way you are able. Thank you.

pdf  Easy to read information sheet for public and patients

pdf  Information for Health Care Professionals

pdf  Sock it poster

pdf  Editable Sock it poster to publicise your own events