Article from Docklands News March 1996
URI GELLER has given a young cancer patient extra confidence to fight the disease and fight her way back to normal health. The spoon-bending healer had a chance meeting with waitress Lesley Adams when he and his wife visited Dockmasters House on the Isle of Dogs for a meal.
After hearing how Lesley, 23, was suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and in the midst of a gruelling course of radiotherapy Uri took her aside for a private chat “He simply put his hands on my neck and talked to me,” said Scots-born Lesley. “He is an extremely kind and caring man, and at the end he looked into my face and told me he had a really good feeling about my cancer. He said he was certain I would get better. I left the room glowing, and absolutely sure I would be all right.”
Shortly before Uri’s visit Lesley had noticed an extra lump on her neck, and doctors had warned it might need to be syringed. Three days later doctors examined the lump again, found it had reduced by 75 per cent and decided it needed no extra treatment.
Lesley said: “It may be the lump went down because of the radiotherapy, but I can’t help feeling Uri had something to do with it!”
Lesley, who lives in Limehouse, found she had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma just before Christmas.
She fits in her radiotherapy appointments between working 11 am-3 pm and 5.30 pm – 11 pm shifts at Dockmasters House.
Landlady Barbara Liddell said: “Since the visit Uri has telephoned to see how Lesley is getting on, and he has given us his telephone number in case we need to contact him. He is such a kind and genuine person, he certainly gave Lesley a boost. I was really vary impressed with him.”
Barbara, and a bunch of Dockmasters House regulars, were also impressed with Uri’s spoon-bending abilities. He first bent a spoon in the restaurant and later agreed to do a repeat performance in the packed bar.
Seeing is believing
Barbara said: “This is one of those things where seeing is believing. You don’t believe in ghosts unless you see one, at least I don’t, and I wouldn’t have believed this unless I’d seen it with my own eyes.
“In the restaurant he simply touched the spoon and it bent, and carried on bending. He did the same thing in the bar, but this time he passed the spoon to me and it carried on bending as I held it. It gave me a very strange feeling. A friend of his, a doctor, explained to me that we all have these powers and that they peak in the teenage years. He said Uri was exceptional, we might sing in the bath but he was a Pavorotti. I thought that was a good way of explaining it!”
The two bent spoons are on display to customers at Dockmasters House, West India Dock Gate, Hertsmere Road, Isle of Dogs.
Lesley Adams who met Uri Geller at Dockmasters House where she was working with the crystal he gave her.
Landlady Barbara Liddell with the inevitable result, by request, of Mr Geller’s visit.
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