On 1 February Westquay shopping Centre in Southampton proudly announced that they will be supporting Breast Cancer Haven Wessex as their Charity of The Year for 2017.

Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity, offering free emotional support, help with symptom control and practical advice to anyone affected by breast cancer from its network of centres. Everyone is welcomed; whether recently diagnosed, in treatment, or seeking help to lead a healthy life after that treatment has finished. 

Westquay General Manager, Andy Collyer said “We are thrilled to be working with Breast Cancer Haven, Wessex this year. We wanted to choose a charity that is making a real difference to the lives of people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Having seen the wonderful therapies they provide to women and men and how much it supports them through their treatment and recovery, we are delighted to choose them as our Charity of the Year for 2017”.

Breast Cancer Haven Wessex plan to organise a number of days at Westquay to promote awareness of their charity and engage with the public and staff at Westquay.

Sally Hillyear, Fundraising Manager at Breast Cancer Haven Wessex said “We are overjoyed to have been chosen by Westquay and are really looking forward to a great partnership over the coming months. It’s a great opportunity to allow shoppers and staff to learn more about the great work we do with people who have been affected with breast cancer and the free therapy services we offer. It will also give us an opportunity to raise awareness and vital funds to support the work that we do. We look forward to engaging with the public in a number of different ways from singing choirs, children activities to fun packed days with activities and stalls.

It’s also a great way to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 2017 and we plan to light Westquay up in pink”.

The partnership will focus around a number of events across the year, beginning with an awareness raising event on Monday 21 March. We will also be launching a campaign called ‘Mums The Word’, encouraging local schools to undertake a sponsored silence and make cards to someone special in their life to raise money.