Ladies Lunch 2017 in aid of Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA)

Ladies Lunch 2017 in aid of Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA)

On Friday 24th November 2017 we celebrated the 11th year of the BRA ladies lunch in aid of Breast reconstruction awareness.

It was organised by Jayne Knight and Annette Palmer who welcomed many patients, family and friends to the day’s events at Channels Golf club.

The lunch was originally started as a fund raising event and although it still does raise money for the charity, it has become over the years a way of thanking the many women who attend the BRA group (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) They continually support newly diagnosed women who are about to go through mastectomy and are considering reconstruction at the same time. Our ‘show and tell’ group literally show their scars and reconstructions to our new patients and talk candidly about their experience in a supportive and reassuring environment.

We run these meetings every two weeks and some have attended almost every one since we started them in 2004. They volunteer because they say they want to give something back and this is a way they can support other patients making the journey they themselves have already taken. We all know that there is never anything more valuable than speaking to someone who has been through the same experience as you especially a traumatic one and the reassurance that it gives to know you are not alone.

The day started with a glass of bubbly and the fantastic voice of Nurse Asha Louise Lawrence who delighted the audience with her 40’s renditions. She even looked the part. There were many Christmas stalls to start Christmas shopping followed by a two course lunch which Channels continue to deliver to a very high standard.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Jayne Knight and Lymphoedema therapist Annette Palmer congratulated the patient support group and explained what the charity had accomplished this last year. Annette explained about the trip she took to Malmo in Sweden, taken earlier this year along with consultants Matthew Griffiths and Mary Morgan to learn from leading experts on the new lymphoedema treatments for breast cancer patients.

The day finished raising in access of £1,300 and a large number of gift bags and boxes full of Christmas treats were taken home by many happy ladies.