The Amazon Breast Support Group


Working for Breast Cancer Patients at King’s Mill Hospital
Latest News
January 2016
THANK YOU FROM THE CHAIR
Beryl Perrin

Who would have thought that from such small beginnings the Amazon Support Group is still in existence 20 years on still working to support local breast cancer patients. I’m proud to have been part of it all. I can only be thankful for the small, loyal dedicated and hard-working group of people, some of whom are founder members.

Looking back we have donated over £160,000 worth of equipment to the Breast Care Unit and Welcome Treatment Centre. QUITE SOMETHING! We have, over the years, built up a reputation and consequently folks have fund-raised on our behalf. Local businesses such as Caunton Engineering, our stalwart sponsor from the outset, and, more recently, Transvac, Bon Marche and others have added their support, but it’s individual people like you who read our Newsletter that make it possible for the Amazons to support local breast cancer patients at King’s Mill. For all your donations and fund-raising efforts I thank you.

There have been changes within the group over the years and I welcome our new Specialist Breast Care Nurse Kersten Hardy and Amazon, Lesley Naylor, onto our committee.

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Not only do we offer support to patients, we interact with other groups. Three of our committee are members of the Mid-Trent Cancer Carer Forum and attend their monthly meetings which gives us a link with MacMillan. This year we attended the Breast Care Unit’s Multi-Disciplinary Team’s Presentation Day. Pictured below is Senior Radiographer Pamela Lanckham showing us around the Unit’s Ultra-sound area and explaining its role. Other professionals gave informative presentations and the Amazons were able to explain their role in the patients’ care pathway.

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Our Amazon “Open” meetings are popular, social occasions. We are fortunate in having a Breast Care Nurse in attendance, who is always available to talk to anyone who may have a concern. Bless them. They work all day and give up their free time to be in the Amazon Lounge with us for our “Open” monthly meetings. They are also members of the Committee and so are committed to attending those regular meetings too. How’s that for dedication!

We are lucky in Ashfield and Mansfield to have such a successful, hard-working and caring Breast Care Service in our local hospital and I extend my thanks to all involved in this service, and long may it continue. I also extend my thanks to all involved in and with the Amazons for making it a success.

CONGRATULATIONS! Here’s to celebrating the next 20years!

Bless you all, Beryl Perrin (Amazon Chairperson).

January 2016
"YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN US OUT AND ABOUT . . . .”
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We took the Amazon Newsletters to MacMillan Cancer Support Mobile Service’s “Betty’s Bus”, in Mansfield, for interested readers to learn more.

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We put the Amazon information boards in King’s Mill’s “King’s Street” for National Volunteer’s Week. Pictured centre is Joy, the Volunteers’ Manager, with Angie and Beryl left and right.

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In October we took the information boards and a Tombola into Sutton’s Idlewells Precinct to raise Breast Cancer Awareness - & £210 for funds!

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But at Christmas we were “at home” in the Amazon Lounge, in King’s Mill Breast Unit, for the Amazon “FUDDLE”. Pictured are just some of us making merry! That evening we also celebrated receiving a £50 donation from “The Friends of Brierley Park” and £450 from Amazons Arlene and Pauline who had been busy making and selling i - pad cushions. A big “Thank You” to them and all Amazon supporters!

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"THE LATEST PROJECT”
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Mr. Jahan, King’s Mill Breast Surgeon, has received a 3D scanner and accessories from the Amazons. The donation includes an i-pad and camera and produces 3D “real time” pictures. The information can be used to calculate breast implant volume more accurately and patients can see the projected images and make decisions, while in consultation with the surgeon, that can affect the outcomes.

"THE VICTORIA CLUBBERS. . . ."
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After a year of fund-raising activities based at the Victoria Club, Huthwaite, Jenny Chambers presented the Amazons with a donation of £2,015. She had organised Fun Days, book and jumble sales, raffles and more! Thanks everyone

"THE ALL SAINTS FOLLOWERS. . . ."
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Members of Stanton Hill All Saints Church donated £1,000 to the Amazons to benefit local patients. Thank-you (and for the coffee and cake at your Coffee Morning!)

"THE GENEROUS GIVERS. . . . ."
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Amazon Jen Lynn enthusiastically raised funds for the Amazon Charity. Pictured first and third left and far right are her father, mother and husband making a further donation of £750. Fifth left is Jen’s friend Amy donating £300 raised by their work colleagues at Transvac. Thank you to everyone involved

"THE COOKIE and CAKE BAKERS. . ."
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. . . . Last year Jen’s work mates at Transvac were “pretty in Pink” for a day! This year they had a cake competition to raise that £300 donation. Jen’s “odd socks” are a legend and it was captured in these cookies! Thank you

"THE WATER WIPE-OUT RACERS. . . ."
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In two hours these members of the Nottinghamshire Police did two laps of a 5km run including water-based obstacles (a swim in the Trent, crawling in mud-baths, water slides, fast water/rapid swimming and climbing walls!). Pictured are competitors Paul Kingston, Michael Bowman, Gareth Hopkins, Sophie Elphick, Jessica Witton, Paul Jenkins and Michael Colley who raised £260 for the Amazons! Thank you

"THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS . . . "
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The duo “Spirit” held two “60’s Music Nights”. Amazons Janet and Geoff (pictured enjoying themselves!) held raffles at the events and raised £395 for the Charity. Thank you to everyone.

"THE “LOCAL” RAFFLERS. . . ."
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Locals at the Maypole Pub, Skegby, generously provided prizes and bought tickets for the Christmas Raffle organised by licensee Jane Grafton and her husband Paul. It raised £200 for the Amazons! Thank you to everyone involved

". . and the PARTY ORGANISERS"
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“Party lovers”and “charity supporters” John and Sharon Cooper held an evening “charity” garden-party, providing everything a party-goer could want! - and donated over £200 to the Amazons!

"HUTHWAITE’S JULIE MARRIOTT RAISES ANOTHER £1,000 +”
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Picture 1 shows Julie at the “Open” Amazon meeting donating £300 raised from her weekly Friday night Huthwaite Bingo Sessions. Picture 2 shows Marilyn (right) and Julie (left) presenting a donation of £300 to the Amazons from family and friends of Josie, one of Julie’s bingo “regulars”. Picture 3 is The Cambria Hotel, Paignton, where the proprietors always support Julie’s holiday- time fund-raising! And Picture 4 is at Huthwaite Leisure Centre at the Christmas Bingo Fuddle (standing: left to right, Beryl, Ken, Barbara, John, Julie and Laurence: sitting, Joyce, Santa - that’s James, and Hilda).

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"BON MARCHE” ON THE AMAZON CAT-WALK"
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Bon Marche, in Sutton’s Idlewells Precinct, was the venue for Spring and Christmas Amazon fashion shows this year. With games, refreshments and a lot of fun the events raised £375 for the Charity! Pictured right are Jean, Maureen, Celia Tracey, Sally-Ann, Shelley, Beryl, Cheryl, Maureen and Andrea.

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A big thank you to Shelley, to the “Amazon models” and all the events’ supporters!
"MEET ... THE STRUTTERS. . "
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Thank you to the helpers and supporters

Pictured are Margaret, Melanie, Scarlet, Becky, Lianne and Carolyn posing on the Hosiery Mills Catwalk for the Amazon “Complete Clothing Company” fashion show. The event with raffle and nibbles raised £450!

". .and THE PUNTERS"
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Thanks again to everyone who supported the event

The Amazon Race Night at The Hosiery Mills Club, organised by Liz and promoted by Terry Wiseman, included racing excitement with a raffle and pie, pea and chips supper. It raised £566! Pictured are tote operators Janet and Carolynn and hopeful punters Ann and Jed