As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to make difficult strategic decisions to continue to provide our vital support to as many people as possible affected by breast cancer and for the survival of the charity. 

Since the first Covid-19 lockdown began in 2020, we were immediately able to transfer the majority of our services live online via Zoom and phone. Already in our strategy, we accelerated the start of our national Live Online programme. To date, we have provided over 7,500 appointments to more than 2,500 people affected by breast cancer. People can access this service by phone 0300 012 0112 or via [email protected] or via our website www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk

We also continue to provide support to many more people across the world through our popular network of support films and audio files available on our website and these films also available on YouTube.

Unfortunately, the financial impact of Covid-19 has affected the charity sector and we are no exception. Our fundraising income has fallen by two thirds and as a consequence, we have had to significantly lower our costs. This includes a reduction in permanent staff and we have been very sad to say goodbye to many wonderful colleagues.

Also, our physical Breast Cancer Haven centres have been impacted and we have recently made the difficult decision to sell our Hereford centre to generate much-needed cash to sustain the charity moving forward. Our West Midlands and Wessex centres are already for sale and our centre in Leeds is closed and not operating.

Post Covid-19, we intend to continue with this new model of Live Online support but in addition to this, we intend to operate from outreach locations across the country where we can provide acupuncture and hands-on therapies in local areas as we know how vital these services are.  The rollout of these will be both funding and Covid-19 dependent. As you can see, this pandemic has forced us to remodel our services to one with lower overheads.

In London, we are delighted to be partnering with and receive generous funding from the charity, Future Dreams, to enable us to keep going with the refurbishment of the new London centre in Kings Cross, opening later in 2021 when conditions allow.

We remain optimistic that these new ways of working provide the opportunity for us to give our much-needed support to many more people across the country.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr Caroline Hoffman OAM, Clinical and Research Director by email [email protected] or telephone 07572 637588.