We’re sad to say goodbye to Fiona as she retires following a career spanning 4 decades in the NHS

After a nursing career spanning 4 decades we said a sad goodbye to Clinical Nurse Breast Reconstruction Specialist Fiona in June. Fiona was presented with a gift from her colleagues to mark the occasion and to say thank you for her dedication to the Breast Reconstruction service.

New City Girls WI

We are delighted to be a chosen charity of the New City Girls WI for 2020 and it was lovely to meet a couple of the members at our BRA meeting. They had a chat to our volunteers and patients and saw first hand how our charity supports patients through their breast reconstruction. They have also been very busy […]

Stella McCartney Cares donating 10,000 bras free of charge to breast cancer sufferers in need

For further information please follow the link https://stellamccartneycares.org/shop/mastectomy-bra

St Andrews physio raise money for BRA to support new Breast exercise class

On Wednesday 18th December, Emma Marshall and Marie Matanle (Breast Reconstruction physiotherapists) held a bake sale to raise money for the new Breast exercises class. The cake sale managed to raise £175 through the kind donations from the staff and patients of St Andrews. There is an over whelming amount of evidence to support physical […]

BRA charity buys new chairs for the ward

Thanks to the continued support and donations received through the ‘Breast Reconstruction Awareness’ charity, we have been able to buy 8 new chairs and footstools for the HDU bays on Stock Ward. Stock ward continually care for and support our breast reconstruction patients immediately post operatively. We hope that the new chairs will help improve the comfort of patients during their recovery period […]

Annual Ladies Lunch in aid of Breast Reconstruction Awareness 2019

On Friday 22nd November 2019 we celebrated the annual BRA ladies lunch in aid of Breast reconstruction awareness. The event attracted more than 100 ladies to Channels Golf Club where the day started with a glass of bubbly and entertainment by the fantastic voice of Nurse Asha Lawrence. There were many Christmas stalls to start Christmas […]

“Josie-Ann Bags” makes 200 drain bottle bags for the ward

In January 2019 Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent mastectomy and reconstruction. Due to having to carry her drain bottles round in plastic bags whilst on the ward, she decided  alongside volunteers to make and donate bottle bags to the ward. To date she has donated 200 bottle bags to help aid the recovery process, show compassion and […]

Patient Jacqui raises over £4,000 after ‘brilliant’ care at Broomfield and Southend hospitals

Breast reconstruction patient Jacqui Taylor raised £4,330 for Broomfield and Southend hospitals’ breast teams to thank them for their care. Jacqui was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram at Southend Hospital in July 2018 and underwent surgery at Broomfield Hospital’s St Andrew’s Centre. Jacqui held a fundraising afternoon at the Carousel children’s nursery […]

Patient Carol completes epic 400-mile cycle for BRA

Inspirational cyclist Carol Palmer completed a 400-mile solo ride to raise money for the St Andrew’s Centre’s Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) group before returning to hospital less than 48 hours later to have her last reconstructive surgery. Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2018 after a routine mammogram and has been treated at […]