WHAT WE DID
Sara was concerned by the lack of emotional support and information available at that time to anyone diagnosed with the disease. Believing that “no-one should have to face breast cancer alone”, Sara sold her art business and put all of her energy into creating Breast Cancer Haven.
Prior to March 2020 people affected by breast cancer would visit one of our five welcoming support Centres based in South-West London, Leeds, Solihull, Hereford, and Titchfield, Hampshire or our two hospital-based outreaches in Worcester and North London.
These Centres, our Havens, were well appointed, peaceful and safe. They were designed to be tranquil spaces where visitors could relax, focus on putting their lives back together and meet others.
Our core provision was delivered through our free face-to-face support programme to people who were able to travel to one of our locations. This was made up of 12 hours of one-to-one appointment time and would include two hours with an experienced healthcare professional and up to 10 hours of intensive one–to-one therapy time.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 our Havens were closed, our fundraised income was greatly depleted, and the expense of running indefinitely closed buildings was not viable, nor deemed to be a worthy use of charitable funds
We are authentic
Both our people and our services are trustworthy
We give accurate and reliable advice
We are always realistic about what is achievable
Our staff and therapists are fully trained and expert in their field
We are accessible
We never discriminate on who can access our services
Everyone in our workforce is approachable
We will produce information and advice that is easy to understand
We are compassionate
We connect and empathise with people
Everyone we come into contact with is treated with dignity
We are person-centred
We value every individual
All views are heard and respected