The Amazon Breast Support Group

Working for Breast Cancer Patients at King’s Mill Hospital

News 2019
Thank you from the Chair
Beryl Perrin

Once again it’s time for me to report on another successful year for the Amazons, supporting & fund-raising for the benefit of local King’s Mill patients — specifically breast cancer patients but gladly often others too.

News 2019-1

Pictured right, in The Amazon Lounge, is Geoff, our Secretary, who has displayed the SFHT Staff Excellence Award we won in2017. We are very proud of it & share it with everyone who made it possible.

News 2019-2

2018 saw the forging of a close relationship with Stanton Hill Co op & becoming one of their adopted local charities. Their £1,000 donation helped towards the purchase of 20 Carers’ chairs in The Welcome treatment Centre &, as pictured above, we benefitted from a £370 donation when they had a fund-raising stall at The Ashfield Gala, Skegby. We are able to promote our Charity in store & they are continuing their support throughout this year. We say a particular “thank you” to store manager Tracy who has been so very helpful.

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We again accepted an invitation from Mr. Ali Jahan to the AGM of The Breast Service Multi Disciplinary Team. The meeting was very informative. Our Breast Services are already the 5th best in the country & the Team is moving forward to introduce new techniques, expanding the service and creating a centre of excellence which will provide greater patient choice in an area of high demand. As pictured, we were introduced to the newest member of the team, Mr Wisam Ismail, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, a much valued new addition.
My heartfelt thanks to all our supporters and fund-raisers, past, present & future. Our main project for 2019 is saving towards the new Tomosynthesis technology & helping where ever else we can within The Breast Services.

A BIG "THANK YOU". Bless you, Beryl Perrin

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COMFORT: The Welcome Treatment Centre needed 20 new comfortable chairs for Carers who sit with patients while they receive their, often lengthy, treatments. The Amazons (pictured top) were pleased to buy them. The cost of over £2,500 was greatly helped by a personal donation of £1,200 from Gilly & Brian Hagen and one of £1,000 from Stanton Hill Co op. Pictured botom is Stanton Hill Co op’s Manager Tracy Chapman presenting the cheque at an Amazon “Tuesday Evening Open Support Meeting”. A big “Thank you” to all those who supported those donations.
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CABINET: A safe place to keep clinical fluids over-night was needed in The Welcome Treatment Centre and the Amazons were pleased to provide it to help in the patient’s safe pathway though their treatment.

CAMERA: Mr. Jahan, King’s Mill’s Consultant Breast Surgeon has received a £800 camera to link up with existing technology needed in his work with breast cancer patients at King’s Mill.
CAN: the Amazons help to switch on a bright light with a new head-mounted lamp to be used in surgery? - once trialled, YES, we’ll pay for it!

TOMOSYNTHESIS is the way forward in breast screening. It is an imaging technique which obtains multiple X-rays from different angles which can be cross-sectioned and used to reconstruct 3-D images. Trials have showed increased detection rates of breast cancer (up to 40%) and reduction in having to recall patients. Amazons hope to help fund it for local patients in 2019!

BE (A)WARE! -WE’RE AROUND RAISING AWARENESS and funds with banners badges wrist bands & newsletters
News 2019-7 News 2019-7 Stanton Hill Co op, twice, raising £240!
News 2019-8 King’s Mill’s “King’s Street” for Volunteers’ Week
News 2019-9 the Xercise4 Less Gym with member of staff Tiffani Whitchurch (second on the right) who raised £280 for us in Liverpool’s Half Marathon! Marathon.
News 2019-10 News 2019-11 King’s Mill’s “King’s Street” in May & December with Tombola & newsletters, raising awareness & chatting to visitors & patients. Their generosity raised £345 as well!
Setting a Fund-raising Fashion!
News 2019-27

The Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group’s Annual Fashion Show, held at The Hosiery Mills Social Club, was a great occasion to relax, enjoy, spend and support! Kath, of The Complete Clothing Company, compered the event with lots of humour and lively music and the volunteer models really got the “feel” for the catwalk after a few quick fashion changes! There were table nibbles, a bar, a raffle and a free prize draw for a teddy, wine and pink balloons. The “Knitting Nannas” were there, fund-raising with chocolate eggs concealed in Knitted Easter Chicks, Bunnies and Ducks. The audience had plenty of time to choose and “try on” and the event raised £776 for the Amazons who work for local breast cancer patients at King’s Mill Hospital. Big “Thank you”s from them to Kath, the great models, the kind staff at the Hosiery Mills Club and anyone who supported with donations and raffle prizes. Pictured, left to right, are Kath and models Yvonne, Margaret, Carolyn, Celia, Sue and Carolynn.

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Named to honour one of the Amazon founder members, Liz Hunter, the event at Skegby’s Triple S Club included free nibbles, a Super Lucky Dip, a bar, 2 free prize draw “bears with booze”, an auction of guitar & quilted Advent Calendar & a raffle.

Terry Wiseman hosted the night brilliantly; Janet, Claire & Keith did a great job on the Tote (right) & the supporters raised a fantastic £1,584!

News 2019-16

In October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we had our Annual Tombola & Awareness stall in Sutton’s Idlewells Precinct. We exchanged lots of conversation & info, gave away Newsletters & sold badges. The event raised £251! A Big Thank you to all helpers & Lily’s Cards for balloons!

News 2019-17

..just like our other Monthly Open Meetings but with more food! It was great to share a festive evening with friends

HERE COME THE HEROS — OUR SUPPORTERS ! We couldn’t do without them
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John & Sharon Cooper’s 2 evening garden parties raised £365 & £442 this year — that’s more than £2,000 since they started supporting us. Huge thanks to them & the friends & family who supported them!
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One of our regular supporters, Julie Marriott, couldn't go on her second holiday this year to the Cambria Hotel, Paignton but the Hotel & friends still raised another £300 to add to the £150 raised on the first trip. Thank you Julie, Cambria & friends!
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Davinda Livingstone is a long-standing Amazon and a regular supporter. This year, at a monthly Open Support Meeting she presented the Charity with a cheque for £200 from “birthday” money. “Thank you” Davinda.
Still Knitting — still fund-raising!
News 2019-22

Some of the “Knitting Nannas” came once more to an Amazon Tuesday Open Support Meeting and this time presented the Charity with a donation of £1,970! They had produced & sold hundreds of brightly–coloured knitted miniature chicks and rabbits containing mini Easter Eggs as far afield as Norfolk. What a cracking effort! They even sold chic chicks at our Fashion Show. HUGE THANK YOU, NANNAS

News 2019-23

Saturday night entertainment was interrupted at Huthwaite’s Victoria Club when the Amazons were presented with donations of £260 & £330 from the families & friends of Peter Booker and Eric Sykes & Natalie. Thank you to them, Gary & Denise Waring at The Club & Jenny Chambers for helping.

News 2019-24

To celebrate 50 YEARS since her treatment for breast cancer, Jean Hoof hosted a “Line Dancing Evening” at The Victoria Club. The music was given for free & the event included a lovely buffet, raising £470 which Jean presented at the Amazon’s Open Meeting! THANK YOU!

K/M Breast Care Specialist Nurses met Mansfield Fire Fighters
News 2019-26

K/M Breast Care Specialist Nurses met Mansfield Fire Fighters for photos for a fund-raising calendar, depicting fire service life, after one of their female colleagues at the Station received treatment in the Breast Unit at K/M.

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