On Saturday 11 March residents of Knowle showed their support for a new breast cancer support centre in Solihull, West Midlands.


The West Midlands Fundraising Committee for Breast Cancer Haven, the national breast cancer support charity, held one of the charity’s signature ‘Big Tea Cosy’ events at the Guild House in Knowle to raise funds and awareness for the local support centre which will open this October.


Guests at the event included Dame Caroline Spelman MP, and former Knowle resident and Great British Bake Off contestant Jasminder Randhawa who had baked plenty of cakes for everyone.


The new centre – which will be located on St Bernard’s Road – will provide vital one-to-one support for people affected by breast cancer in the West Midlands, of which there are currently 12,500 in the region. This is a service currently unavailable locally. The Breast Cancer Haven team works closely with NHS partners to go beyond medical treatment, to help service users and their families cope with the wider impact of breast cancer through free personalised, specialist emotional and physical care. The centre will also offer drop-ins, welfare and money guidance, support groups and Welcome Days, a variety of workshops, meditation and exercise group classes, emotional freedom technique sessions, and other group activities.


Amanda Elliott, West Midlands Fundraising Manager for Breast Cancer Haven said, “It was fantastic to see so many people turn up to support our Big Tea Cosy in Knowle. The event raised over £550 for our West Midlands centre which will ensure that more local people can benefit from our vital support services.


Demand for a centre in the West Midlands is clear from the support received following recent oversubscribed outreach days in the area run by the charity’s Hereford centre. We expect to support 750 people with breast cancer

on an annual basis which will equate  to over 6,670 hours of free therapy appointments in the first year alone”.


The charity is currently refurbishing a former guest house to create a true ‘home from home’ for those accessing support. Breast Cancer Haven now needs to raise more than £600,000 annually to ensure the centre can deliver its services.


Breast Cancer Haven West Midlands are inviting everyone to take part in The Big Tea Cosy and ‘make a brew for breast cancer’.


Anyone who would like to get involved should visit breastcancerhaven.org.uk/forms/order-your-free-tea-cosy-kit or contact Amanda Elliott on 0121 647 6930 or email [email protected]