A message from our CEO, Sally Hall

We are all deeply concerned about the current situation and there is no doubt that together we are facing one of our biggest challenges yet. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is profoundly affecting each and every one of us, and for people with breast cancer it is an especially worrying time.

Inevitably, delays have begun to cancer treatments, as patients are reprioritised ahead of NHS capacity becoming overwhelmed. It is therefore crucial that Breast Cancer Haven remains accessible to both our current visitors, and to those who are newly diagnosed.

Dealing with breast cancer can be a lonely journey even when surrounded by people. It takes a huge mental toll: increased suicidal tendencies, depression and anxiety are all common. The uncertainty and isolation of what we are facing today only exacerbates this. The need for our charity’s work to continue now and into the future has never been more important.

For the first time in our history, we have been forced to temporarily close the doors of our centres, but we remain absolutely committed to providing support to all those that need it. We have quickly adapted our programme and continue to give vital care and one-to-one support virtually and over the phone. In addition, we are running a range of online classes and support groups.

First and foremost, we are keeping people affected by breast cancer at the heart of all we do. We want you to know that our professional teams are here to speak to anyone who needs us during this difficult time. If you, or somebody you know has been affected by breast cancer, please call us on 0300 012 0112. We’re still here to help.

Even in these uncertain times, we remain tirelessly committed to our vision to ensure that everyone affected by breast cancer gets the help they need. We do not receive government support for our services and are reliant on the generous support of donors.

But there is no escaping the reality that the postponement and cancellation of so many of our fundraising events, as well as our flagship annual fundraising campaign, will have on us. We now face a situation where £900,000 of our fundraising income will be lost due to the coronavirus crisis. Breast Cancer Haven now faces an uncertain future.

Now, more than ever, we need your help. If you are able to, please consider donating to our urgent fundraising appeal to ensure we are still here to help the people who need us the most, when they need us the most.

We will get through this together.

Stay safe,

Sally Hall
CEO, Breast Cancer Haven