For many, adapting to life after treatment from breast cancer can be challenging. While support around diagnosis and during treatment is invaluable, there are also post-treatment health concerns, and adjustments to lifestyle and mental well-being, for which support can be just as crucial. This is why a helping hand from a charity like Breast Cancer Care is so important.
Last year, diners at 9 of Drake & Morgan’s London-based bars and restaurants gave their digital pennies to Breast Cancer Care during October, to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Card-paying customers opting to add just 50p to their bill using Pennies raised over £1,700 in 31 days. These precious funds help Breast Cancer Care offer its vital support services to people with breast cancer at every stage of their journey – including post-treatment with its Moving Forward courses.
Run in partnership with NHS hospitals, the charity’s Moving Forward courses offer help whether people are experiencing side effects of treatment, wondering how to adopt a healthier lifestyle or finding it hard to make sense of their breast cancer experience.
Usually taking place over half a day for three or four weeks, and delivered by a range of expert speakers, the Moving Forward course aims to provide information, support and professional guidance on how to cope with and adjust to life after breast cancer treatment.
Open to people who have had a primary breast cancer diagnosis and have finished their hospital-based treatment, the course covers topics from healthy eating, exercise and cancer fatigue to managing menopausal symptoms, lymphoedema, and intimacy and relationships.
Said one previous attendee:
“I found the course very informative and reassuring. It helped to know how others deal with similar problems. Thank you to Breast Cancer Care and all the people who have helped us on the course.”
It costs just £100 to fund a facilitator on a Moving Forward course for four hours, giving women who are struggling to get back to ‘normal’ somewhere to turn after their treatment. The £1,700 raised by Drake & Morgan customers last October could fund 70 hours of support on a Moving Forward course, an inspiring example of the difference a few pennies can make.