Bras Highlighting Awareness Month

Bras Highlighting Awareness Month

Unwanted bras are hanging in our Resource and Information Centre and other shop windows to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Christine Smith, the Macmillan information and support specialist at Beaumond House Community Resource and Information Centre, on Stodman Street, Newark, adopted the idea from a similar project in Bawtry, where bras were strung together and put up in the town.

“They said it was a bra-vellous idea,” Mrs Smith said.

“I thought if we could do something similar it would be a good way of drawing attention to the fact that this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

More than 100 bras have been made into bunting and put in a dozen shops along Stodman Street.

They will be in place throughout October before the Flamingo Foundation, which supports under-privileged people, sends them to Africa.

Pink cards provided by Breakthrough Breast Cancer are available in the shops.

They encourage people to Touch Look Check ­their breasts for anything unusual.

Mrs Smith said the resource centre had information about breast cancer including how to reduce the risks.

Mrs Joyce Bennett, 67, of Balderton, a founder member of Newark Breast Cancer Support Group, said it was vital that both men and women carried out checks and attended screening appointments.

She was diagnosed with non-hormonal breast cancer in 1988 after finding a lump. She underwent a lumpectomy and 30 sessions of radiotherapy.

In August 2011 she had routine screening and it was found that she had hormonal breast cancer. That time she needed a mastectomy and a reconstruction.

Mrs Bennett said when she was diagnosed for a second time she sought support from the hospice resource centre.

“I don’t know what I would have done without their help,” she said.

Mrs Smith said 350 men and 55,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer each year but survival rates were improving. There are about 550,000 people in the UK who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The resource centre is open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm and on Saturday mornings.