This March 2018 we will be again running our 'Mum's the Word' fundraising campaign.

Last year Berrywood School raised an amazing £5,000. But no amount is too small and we would love lots of schools across the region to get involved.

The campaign originated from Archie, aged 8 who wanted to do something to help his Mum who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was a visitor at our centre. He approached his teacher at his school In Hedge End about holding a sponsored silence  in aid of our breast cancer support centre.  His school teacher was so impressed with his plans that they were only to happy to help him. Archie rallied his friends into action, and over the last three years has helped raised over £8000 for our centre here in Titchfield.

This year, 2018, we are hoping to involve even more schools with ‘Mum’s the word’. We have decided that as part of the campaign you may like to  run a competition either alongside or as well as the sponsored silence for schools and school children to take part in. This would be the children drawing a portrait of their Mum or significant carer before Mothers Day which falls on Sunday 10th March this year. The competition would be in age category and would involve a prize for the winning child and school. Sally Taylor, BBC has said she would be delighted to judge the entrants once we have received them all.

We have found that many of the children at the schools who have taken part, have a loved one who has been affected by the disease. They found it a  positive way of helping other people, and their families who had been in a similar situation.

Breast Cancer Haven is the charity that supports women through their breast cancer treatment. When breast cancer tries to rob a woman of her individuality, her confidence or her strength, we provide the tailored package of emotional, physical and practical support that helps her hold on to them. We support women and their families via a network of 6 welcoming centres around the UK and through an expanding network of other services. We’re there to provide women with breast cancer with the support that treatment alone can’t.

Our services are completely free.  From our centre in Titchfield, Hampshire, our counsellors, therapists and health professionals offer the support that people need to help them with their own personal challenges of living with breast cancer. There are no geographical restrictions and no need for a Doctors referral, in fact we have supported people from over 32 different hospitals here in the South.  There are 3000 people in treatment in the Wessex region, and many of them access our specialist support. They visit us from, Dorset, Hampshire, South Wiltshire, West Sussex, Channel Islands and The Isle of Wight.    

Do you have children/grandchildren or have contacts within local schools that would be willing to encourage them to take part?

We would be so grateful for your support. Approach school’s in your area to ask them if they could be involved. It is a lovely way for children to learn about their community and show support to people affected by breast cancer. 

If you think you can help, please contact [email protected] or on 01329 559297.

We would love to hear from you. 

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