Meeting Feedback

This feedback will help members unable to attend a meeting keep up with what's been

happening, and give non-members an idea of what we do at our meetings.

January meeting 2018 

It was really good to see those who were able to make it tp outr January meeting. Although we were just a few, we met with Rob, who is going to handle our finances for the time being, and had a good chat about Zolodronic AQcid, which some of our members are on.  I have since emailed Jenny Glendenning as suggested and will bring her reply along on Feb 14th - our next meeting.

February meeting 2018

Hope that those of you were out for that special meal or evening celebrating Valentine's Day had a wonderful time. Great evening for us too, lots of chatting (of course) and we covered quite a bit of ground. We had a great email from Jenny Glendenning re Adjuvant Biphosphonates along with some information, which we discussed in detail. following our last meeting. Gloria thought it would be interesting to find out how many of those among us were on them - something for the next meeting maybe? Institute of Cancer Research want some volunteers to help them raise awareness of important advances against breast cancer and the need for more research. Unable to send a representative to come to one of our meetings, we received information by post which will be available to read at our next meeting or alternatively go to www.icr.ac.uk/shareyourstory  if you are interested or mail stories stories@icr.ac.uk Afternoon tea, seemed to be favoured by everyone as our annual outing - several venue suggestions were made and we'll be interested to hear anyone else's ideas too - so get your thinking caps on! Look forward to seeing you next month - Mar 14th

March Meeting 2018

Our speaker this month was Kathy Harmer from Touch of Glamour, Little Common - she brought along a few wigs, explained which were the best one to buy, gave us tips on wig care, but probably most importantly explained help with finances when obtaining one. So many of our members have used her service - we would definitely recommend her. We also discussed a summer social in June - afternoon tea at The Orangery, Ashburnham Place, which Gloria is going look into. Happy Easter all - see you April 11th.

April Meeting 2018

Stevie Collins, (yes some of you will remember that name from Radiology department) now Cranio-Sacral therapist, working both privately and for Sarah Lee Trust, came along to explain her therapy. She explained that we all go through knocks in life, both physical and emotional, all of which impact on our body and system. This therapy works by her laying her hands gently on the body (no massage or prodding) which in turn release tensions throughout the body, the effect is that it relieves pain and restores the body. The main aim of her talk was to explain what the therapy entailed, how it works so that we can offer this to our group. We have also been very lucky to receive another £200 cheque from a local social group who wish to support us regularly - isn't that fantastic? We are planning a trip to Nicola Jane, who specialise in mastectomy wear in Chichester. We will organise transport for those who would like to go along, look at their range of clothing - be measured up etc - all funded, Please let us know if you are interested. Afternoon Tea - an afternoon tea has been booked at Ashburnham Place. Gloria will be filling us in on the details soon. London Fashion Show - a reminder that Sheila Boniface needs to know numbers and £10 deposit by the end of the month. Tickets go on sale at the beginning of May and last year sold out within 48hrs!! Again we have some grant money towards this trip, which we decided tonight would be best spread out across everyone attending - that way everyone gets a discount! If however, you would like to join members of the group for this event, but are unable to finance it, please speak to either Pam, Gloria or myself confidentially and as with everything else we will try and arrange something for you. Which leads me to say that are in the fortunate position at the moment to have funds in our coffers, this has been given to us to help our members out where possible, so please don't be afraid to approach us if you have anything that we can help you with. One thing that we did discuss tonight is timings at our meetings. We all know that it is important that we have time to talk and support each other, but are aware that when we have visitors this isn't always happening. So we thought we'd give this a go:- Start meeting at 7pm, quick intro if we have a guest - their "talk" to last 20 - 30 mins allowing us to have time for questions and anything else we might like to discuss. Then coffee/tea and time to chat at 8.00. Someone suggested we didn't have as many speakers, or had them every other month - however there are others, especially the newer members who have said how much they have benefited from the people we've had along - lets see how it works out.

May Meeting 2018

Another super evening together tonight - well except tea/coffee debacle! Lovely to meet two new members too. Linda and Janet from the Bexhill Macmillan fundraising team came along to tell us a bit about their fundraising - which all gets spent locally, not put into the huge Macmillan pot! It was a reciprocal visit. Gloria, Pam and I spoke to their group in April as they were keen to hear of a local group funded by Macmillan, and they were keen to share how they raised their funds and to give us details of local fundraising events that we might like to attend or share with others. London Fashion Show - Tickets are not on sale at the moment, but are likely to be anytime now. If you would like to join the group for this fabulous day out, please contact Sheila asap. Once those tickets go on sale, they are usually gone in 48hrs!! Cream Tea - Gloria has now booked this for 3.00pm, Saturday 23rd June at Ashburnham Place. Please let Gloria know if you are interested as she will need an idea of numbers - at the moment it's booked for 30. This is open to all group members old and new, and those who either physically attend meetings or belong via the Facebook page. You can show your interest on Facebook or ring Gloria. Nicola Jane - Mastectomy wear Chichester. We are still working out the logistics of this trip, organising transport, a suitable time for the Nicola Jane team etc. Our best option transport wise at the moment would mean a Saturday, within the next 3 months. If you are interested, please again contact us via the Facebook page, email or ring Gloria. Data Protection - with new Data Protection regulations coming into play this month, you will all receive a letter from me, please tick and return asap. The letter will contain the info (data) I hold on you at the moment. Please tick the appropriate boxes to show whether you wish to share this info with the rest of the group ie on contact list OR whether you wish me to keep this info for admin use only. If you want to share all your details, please remember to tick each box under Group heading. If for instance if you just tick your name and tel number under the Group heading, that is all we will publish. As clear as mud? Well hopefully it will make sense when you receive the letter. Well having got that boring bit out of the way. Anyone got any ideas for our stall at the Rural Past Times Fair at Pestalozzi Village this August ? One idea is a pink tombola - pretty good one I think, but maybe someone has another idea other than a tombola.

June Meeting 2018

Well another super evening tonight girls - except for the tea/coffee urn debacle, for which I apologise. Had tried to sort it out with The Pelham and in fact they had set the urns for drinks at 7.45 as agreed, so that's when we'll have it next month. Two very interesting guests tonight; Jan Cutting RVA (Rother Voluntary Association) who was very pleased to get your feedback. Let's hope the platform that that they hope will be brought into the UK will work and be able to help support those in employment who are struggling with cancer. I have subsequently emailed Jan and if she has any more info to give us, we will get it out to you all. And then Janet Green, a personal trainer who herself had breast cancer back in 2004. Janet has recently been working alongside Pam to provide classes for us. Feeling passionately about fitness after treatment, Janet has been in discussion with Summerfields to organise a 6 week course for members of the group. Janet will be sending more details about this later. Cream Tea - Ashburnham Place 23rd June. Gloria has now collected names and will be confirming the numbers this week. "Tea time" is 2pm, but of course you are welcome to arrive early, or stay later to wander around the grounds taking in the lovely scenery. Gloria was able to hand out several of the lymphodeoma "beany" bags that she showed us at the last meeting and has since obtained. Not sure if she has any left - but we could order more if anyone wants them. Anyone who has paid their £10 deposit for the fashion show, now needs to pay their final £57.50 to Sheila who has kindly organised and paid for all the tickets. A special thanks Sheila, when you are going through such a tough time with your Mum at the moment. As we only have half a dozen names down for the trip to Nicola Jane, it seems more appropriate to pay for the train fare for members who wish to go, rather than hire a minibus. So it would probably be best if you organised that date between yourselves. Names on the list were Heather, Diane, Paula, Johanna, Carol and Pam. When you step off the train Nicola Jane is about 100 yards away so very easy to get to. If you also wished you could walk up the road into the town for a bite to eat or a cuppa and make a real day of it! Last but not least - 1066 Pink Ladies will again be running a tombola stall at the Rural Past Times event in August. This year our theme is PINK! There is only the July meeting to make a collection of items before the event - so girls, take a look around, it may be a bottle of pink pop, some pink sweets, a pink soap, just keep your eyes peeled for pink! (As Carol said pity it's not after October as there's a lot of pink around then!) If you can't find anything pink, then why not wrap it in pink!

July Meeting 2018

A lovely meeting again tonight girls, quite a number, considering it was semi-final night (what a blow that score was!). With no speaker we had a chance to do a "round robin" introducing ourselves to two new members, Jean and Helena. Janet had brought along an interesting article from The Times with information on Travel Insurance which she thought she'd like to share. It says: "Specialist insurers can offer more comprehensive cover, taking in the specifics of your condition into account when calculating premiums, and may employ a medical expert to assess the likelihood that you will need care abroad. These include All Clear MIA and Towergate Insurance." "Those who have suffered cancer should consider Insure Cancer which says it provides cover for active, metastatic and terminal cancer. Sufferers have to be clinically stable and deemed fit to travel by their consultant. Freedom Insurance is another option, although it is unable to cover people waiting for treatment. Cancer Research UK says you should be prepared for the rate to be higher if you have finished treatment recently. The longer you have been cancer free the more prices should fall." Although she wasn't present this evening Sheila wanted me to pass on her grateful thanks to everyone who has sent cards, and to say that if anyone is interested her mother's thanksgiving service will be at Beulah Baptist Church on Tuesday 24th July at 3pm and everyone is welcome, refreshments afterwards in the church. For those of you who have tickets for the London Fashion Show, we think we will have funds to cover the train fare for you all, if not Heather has been checking out the group rate which works out at £16.05 each. For those of you on our Facebook page, you'll know that Cath was asking if anyone was on the Add- Aspirin trial, well she has decided to take part and explained it all to us. You can take a look at their website for info. We collected some items for our Pink Tombola stall in August - but are looking for more contributions, if you have anything, please bring along to our next meeting 8th August. Other than that, we enjoyed treatments from our therapists and had a good chat.

August Meeting 2018

Some discussion tonight on "living with cancer"; we all of us experience the effects of it, anxiety, depression, fear, low self-esteem - but it's great to know that at least we are all able to meet together to share these feelings with others who understand. We are lucky too to have links with professional help through The Sarah Lee Trust and therapists who really do have a positive impact on our lives. As if to reinforce this, Janet Green came along to talk about the sessions that she is going to provide starting on 4th September. She will be putting her own post on here for you to read with final details. These fitness/well being sessions have taken a while to pull together, but I know those who take part will benefit tremendously - speaking to Janet later on she told me that this is something that Miss Shah fully endorses and has encouraged her to set up. We also heard that Sarah Lee Trust is holding a special, all day session next Wednesday at Powdermill Woods, Aug 15th, covering emotions, mindfulness and wellbeing - if you are interested, give Pam a ring and she'll put your name down to attend. Don't forget, this Saturday we have our pink tombola stall at Rural Past Times event at Pestalozzi Village, Sedlescombe; it's a great family day out. If you are interested in helping, give Pat Partridge a ring.

September Meeting 2018

Another month, another meeting, always different, always enjoyable. Tonight we talked about some of the fundraising opportunities that have fallen into place for the group, as we can't guarantee what we'll receive this year from Macmillan. First of all 2 events next week on Saturday 22nd September Gemma and her sister are organising their annual Coffee Morning for Macmillan, but this year Gemma would like to donate half of the money to Pink Ladies, So if you are free between 10.00am and 1.00pm, pop along to Sidley Working Men's Club, Holliers Hill TN40 2DD ( about 6 or 7 doors away from The Pelham) and support her. That same day, but in the evening, 7.30 - 10.30 is our Barn Dance at St Stephen's Church Hall, Down Road, Bexhill TN39 4HA. Bring your own drinks and picnic supper - some people like to get together with some friends and make it a grand affair, or alternatively, just bring along some nibbles. Guaranteed fun - even if you don't dance. Come along support us and have an enjoyable evening. Tickets available on the door. See our Special Events page for more info.

December 20th, Collecting at Tesco’s, Bexhill.

Do you now any musicians, singers? Do you belong to a choir? On Thursday 20th December we are looking for entertainers to enhance our collection day at Tesco’s, Ravenside. Tesco have given us this great opportunity to collect for our group, but advised us that we should make the most of the day (and make more money) by providing entertainment. If you know of anyone, please ask if they'd give their time to support our group - they will not be performing outside Tesco, but inside and we're looking for people to fill slots throughout the day. We already have 11.00 am - 2.00 pm covered and 6.30 - 7.00 pm. Obviously we'll also be looking for volunteer collectors too! Maybe you'd like to get your family or friends involved, children or grandchildren - people love seeing little ones collecting. Now onto other things: Our podiatrist Naomi was unable to be with us tonight, and will not be available for treatments for a few weeks, as she has been in hospital for an op. She says will let us know when she's back in action again. Those of you going to the London Fashion Show, 4th October - train tickets are all organised and paid for, all you need to do is meet at Battle station at 9:30. Don't be late, the train leaves shortly after that! Sheila Boniface has all the info if you have any questions. Everyone who attended our new fitness and well-being sessions with Janet Green thought they were fabulous. We will be running another set of sessions after these finish, and hopefully more after that providing we have the finances. Sally Lee, mother of Sarah Lee, is looking to set up a group for lymphodema sufferers. If anyone would like to be involved with this, please contact Pam. A couple of the local lymphodema nurses will be joining us at our next meeting, to give us the latest updates. 2017

November Meeting 2017

We were a cosy group of 13 and so were able to chat and give the usual support to each other. Unfortunately during the course of the meeting Diane our current treasurer advised us she was having to stand down for the time being, we hope she will pick up the purse strings in the near future. Lack of volunteers to fill the post meant we have enlisted the help of a gentleman well qualified in managing accounts and is happy to do so on our behalf; he will not be attending meetings and will liase with a member of the group prior to meeting days. Christmas is coming (oh yes it is!) We will be having our Christmas Party at the next meeting, we will be having party food and games, so glad rags on girls, don't eat before you come! All being well we hope to continue with at least two therapists throughout the coming year as most members have benefited from a treatment, we thank them for their support. X Pat Partridge rattled away loaded with booze for the fund raising tombola stall held yesterday, I'm sure we will hear the results in due course. Thank you Pat. x Last but not least we were joined by Janet Green a lady who Miss Shah suggested should talk to us. She has had breast cancer surgery followed by chemotherapy, radiotherapy and reconstruction. Following this she became focused on becoming as fit as possible resulting in qualifying as a personal trainer, her objective is to be able to provide a small group of ladies a personalised training session at Summer fields sports centre and hopefully at Freedom Leisure in Bexhill. Pam will be meeting with Janet and management of Summerfields and will be reporting to us in due course. Love and Health to you all Gloria

December Meeting 2017

What a smashing evening yesterday, delicious food, great fun, lots of laughter - what better could we ask for? For all those who couldn't make it we’d like to  wish you all a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. See you January 10th 2018
Hastings and Bexhill Area Breast Cancer Support Group

Meeting Feedback

This feedback will help members unable to attend

a meeting keep up with what's been

happening, and give non-members an idea of

what we do at our meetings.

January meeting 2018 

It was really good to see those who were able to make it tp outr January meeting. Although we were just a few, we met with Rob, who is going to handle our finances for the time being, and had a good chat about Zolodronic AQcid, which some of our members are on.  I have since emailed Jenny Glendenning as suggested and will bring her reply along on Feb 14th - our next meeting.

February meeting 2018

Hope that those of you were out for that special meal or evening celebrating Valentine's Day had a wonderful time. Great evening for us too, lots of chatting (of course) and we covered quite a bit of ground. We had a great email from Jenny Glendenning re Adjuvant Biphosphonates along with some information, which we discussed in detail. following our last meeting. Gloria thought it would be interesting to find out how many of those among us were on them - something for the next meeting maybe? Institute of Cancer Research want some volunteers to help them raise awareness of important advances against breast cancer and the need for more research. Unable to send a representative to come to one of our meetings, we received information by post which will be available to read at our next meeting or alternatively go to www.icr.ac.uk/shareyourstory  if you are interested or mail stories stories@icr.ac.uk Afternoon tea, seemed to be favoured by everyone as our annual outing - several venue suggestions were made and we'll be interested to hear anyone else's ideas too - so get your thinking caps on! Look forward to seeing you next month - Mar 14th

March Meeting 2018

Our speaker this month was Kathy Harmer from Touch of Glamour, Little Common - she brought along a few wigs, explained which were the best one to buy, gave us tips on wig care, but probably most importantly explained help with finances when obtaining one. So many of our members have used her service - we would definitely recommend her. We also discussed a summer social in June - afternoon tea at The Orangery, Ashburnham Place, which Gloria is going look into. Happy Easter all - see you April 11th.

April Meeting 2018

Stevie Collins, (yes some of you will remember that name from Radiology department) now Cranio-Sacral therapist, working both privately and for Sarah Lee Trust, came along to explain her therapy. She explained that we all go through knocks in life, both physical and emotional, all of which impact on our body and system. This therapy works by her laying her hands gently on the body (no massage or prodding) which in turn release tensions throughout the body, the effect is that it relieves pain and restores the body. The main aim of her talk was to explain what the therapy entailed, how it works so that we can offer this to our group. We have also been very lucky to receive another £200 cheque from a local social group who wish to support us regularly - isn't that fantastic? We are planning a trip to Nicola Jane, who specialise in mastectomy wear in Chichester. We will organise transport for those who would like to go along, look at their range of clothing - be measured up etc - all funded, Please let us know if you are interested. Afternoon Tea - an afternoon tea has been booked at Ashburnham Place. Gloria will be filling us in on the details soon. London Fashion Show - a reminder that Sheila Boniface needs to know numbers and £10 deposit by the end of the month. Tickets go on sale at the beginning of May and last year sold out within 48hrs!! Again we have some grant money towards this trip, which we decided tonight would be best spread out across everyone attending - that way everyone gets a discount! If however, you would like to join members of the group for this event, but are unable to finance it, please speak to either Pam, Gloria or myself confidentially and as with everything else we will try and arrange something for you. Which leads me to say that are in the fortunate position at the moment to have funds in our coffers, this has been given to us to help our members out where possible, so please don't be afraid to approach us if you have anything that we can help you with. One thing that we did discuss tonight is timings at our meetings. We all know that it is important that we have time to talk and support each other, but are aware that when we have visitors this isn't always happening. So we thought we'd give this a go:- Start meeting at 7pm, quick intro if we have a guest - their "talk" to last 20 - 30 mins allowing us to have time for questions and anything else we might like to discuss. Then coffee/tea and time to chat at 8.00. Someone suggested we didn't have as many speakers, or had them every other month - however there are others, especially the newer members who have said how much they have benefited from the people we've had along - lets see how it works out.

May Meeting 2018

Another super evening together tonight - well except tea/coffee debacle! Lovely to meet two new members too. Linda and Janet from the Bexhill Macmillan fundraising team came along to tell us a bit about their fundraising - which all gets spent locally, not put into the huge Macmillan pot! It was a reciprocal visit. Gloria, Pam and I spoke to their group in April as they were keen to hear of a local group funded by Macmillan, and they were keen to share how they raised their funds and to give us details of local fundraising events that we might like to attend or share with others. London Fashion Show - Tickets are not on sale at the moment, but are likely to be anytime now. If you would like to join the group for this fabulous day out, please contact Sheila asap. Once those tickets go on sale, they are usually gone in 48hrs!! Cream Tea - Gloria has now booked this for 3.00pm, Saturday 23rd June at Ashburnham Place. Please let Gloria know if you are interested as she will need an idea of numbers - at the moment it's booked for 30. This is open to all group members old and new, and those who either physically attend meetings or belong via the Facebook page. You can show your interest on Facebook or ring Gloria. Nicola Jane - Mastectomy wear Chichester. We are still working out the logistics of this trip, organising transport, a suitable time for the Nicola Jane team etc. Our best option transport wise at the moment would mean a Saturday, within the next 3 months. If you are interested, please again contact us via the Facebook page, email or ring Gloria. Data Protection - with new Data Protection regulations coming into play this month, you will all receive a letter from me, please tick and return asap. The letter will contain the info (data) I hold on you at the moment. Please tick the appropriate boxes to show whether you wish to share this info with the rest of the group ie on contact list OR whether you wish me to keep this info for admin use only. If you want to share all your details, please remember to tick each box under Group heading. If for instance if you just tick your name and tel number under the Group heading, that is all we will publish. As clear as mud? Well hopefully it will make sense when you receive the letter. Well having got that boring bit out of the way. Anyone got any ideas for our stall at the Rural Past Times Fair at Pestalozzi Village this August ? One idea is a pink tombola - pretty good one I think, but maybe someone has another idea other than a tombola.

June Meeting 2018

Well another super evening tonight girls - except for the tea/coffee urn debacle, for which I apologise. Had tried to sort it out with The Pelham and in fact they had set the urns for drinks at 7.45 as agreed, so that's when we'll have it next month. Two very interesting guests tonight; Jan Cutting RVA (Rother Voluntary Association) who was very pleased to get your feedback. Let's hope the platform that that they hope will be brought into the UK will work and be able to help support those in employment who are struggling with cancer. I have subsequently emailed Jan and if she has any more info to give us, we will get it out to you all. And then Janet Green, a personal trainer who herself had breast cancer back in 2004. Janet has recently been working alongside Pam to provide classes for us. Feeling passionately about fitness after treatment, Janet has been in discussion with Summerfields to organise a 6 week course for members of the group. Janet will be sending more details about this later. Cream Tea - Ashburnham Place 23rd June. Gloria has now collected names and will be confirming the numbers this week. "Tea time" is 2pm, but of course you are welcome to arrive early, or stay later to wander around the grounds taking in the lovely scenery. Gloria was able to hand out several of the lymphodeoma "beany" bags that she showed us at the last meeting and has since obtained. Not sure if she has any left - but we could order more if anyone wants them. Anyone who has paid their £10 deposit for the fashion show, now needs to pay their final £57.50 to Sheila who has kindly organised and paid for all the tickets. A special thanks Sheila, when you are going through such a tough time with your Mum at the moment. As we only have half a dozen names down for the trip to Nicola Jane, it seems more appropriate to pay for the train fare for members who wish to go, rather than hire a minibus. So it would probably be best if you organised that date between yourselves. Names on the list were Heather, Diane, Paula, Johanna, Carol and Pam. When you step off the train Nicola Jane is about 100 yards away so very easy to get to. If you also wished you could walk up the road into the town for a bite to eat or a cuppa and make a real day of it! Last but not least - 1066 Pink Ladies will again be running a tombola stall at the Rural Past Times event in August. This year our theme is PINK! There is only the July meeting to make a collection of items before the event - so girls, take a look around, it may be a bottle of pink pop, some pink sweets, a pink soap, just keep your eyes peeled for pink! (As Carol said pity it's not after October as there's a lot of pink around then!) If you can't find anything pink, then why not wrap it in pink!

July Meeting 2018

A lovely meeting again tonight girls, quite a number, considering it was semi-final night (what a blow that score was!). With no speaker we had a chance to do a "round robin" introducing ourselves to two new members, Jean and Helena. Janet had brought along an interesting article from The Times with information on Travel Insurance which she thought she'd like to share. It says: "Specialist insurers can offer more comprehensive cover, taking in the specifics of your condition into account when calculating premiums, and may employ a medical expert to assess the likelihood that you will need care abroad. These include All Clear MIA and Towergate Insurance." "Those who have suffered cancer should consider Insure Cancer which says it provides cover for active, metastatic and terminal cancer. Sufferers have to be clinically stable and deemed fit to travel by their consultant. Freedom Insurance is another option, although it is unable to cover people waiting for treatment. Cancer Research UK says you should be prepared for the rate to be higher if you have finished treatment recently. The longer you have been cancer free the more prices should fall." Although she wasn't present this evening Sheila wanted me to pass on her grateful thanks to everyone who has sent cards, and to say that if anyone is interested her mother's thanksgiving service will be at Beulah Baptist Church on Tuesday 24th July at 3pm and everyone is welcome, refreshments afterwards in the church. For those of you who have tickets for the London Fashion Show, we think we will have funds to cover the train fare for you all, if not Heather has been checking out the group rate which works out at £16.05 each. For those of you on our Facebook page, you'll know that Cath was asking if anyone was on the Add- Aspirin trial, well she has decided to take part and explained it all to us. You can take a look at their website for info. We collected some items for our Pink Tombola stall in August - but are looking for more contributions, if you have anything, please bring along to our next meeting 8th August. Other than that, we enjoyed treatments from our therapists and had a good chat.

August Meeting 2018

Some discussion tonight on "living with cancer"; we all of us experience the effects of it, anxiety, depression, fear, low self-esteem - but it's great to know that at least we are all able to meet together to share these feelings with others who understand. We are lucky too to have links with professional help through The Sarah Lee Trust and therapists who really do have a positive impact on our lives. As if to reinforce this, Janet Green came along to talk about the sessions that she is going to provide starting on 4th September. She will be putting her own post on here for you to read with final details. These fitness/well being sessions have taken a while to pull together, but I know those who take part will benefit tremendously - speaking to Janet later on she told me that this is something that Miss Shah fully endorses and has encouraged her to set up. We also heard that Sarah Lee Trust is holding a special, all day session next Wednesday at Powdermill Woods, Aug 15th, covering emotions, mindfulness and wellbeing - if you are interested, give Pam a ring and she'll put your name down to attend. Don't forget, this Saturday we have our pink tombola stall at Rural Past Times event at Pestalozzi Village, Sedlescombe; it's a great family day out. If you are interested in helping, give Pat Partridge a ring.

September Meeting 2018

Another month, another meeting, always different, always enjoyable. Tonight we talked about some of the fundraising opportunities that have fallen into place for the group, as we can't guarantee what we'll receive this year from Macmillan. First of all 2 events next week on Saturday 22nd September Gemma and her sister are organising their annual Coffee Morning for Macmillan, but this year Gemma would like to donate half of the money to Pink Ladies, So if you are free between 10.00am and 1.00pm, pop along to Sidley Working Men's Club, Holliers Hill TN40 2DD ( about 6 or 7 doors away from The Pelham) and support her. That same day, but in the evening, 7.30 - 10.30 is our Barn Dance at St Stephen's Church Hall, Down Road, Bexhill TN39 4HA. Bring your own drinks and picnic supper - some people like to get together with some friends and make it a grand affair, or alternatively, just bring along some nibbles. Guaranteed fun - even if you don't dance. Come along support us and have an enjoyable evening. Tickets available on the door. See our Special Events page for more info.

December 20th, Collecting at Tesco’s, Bexhill.

Do you now any musicians, singers? Do you belong to a choir? On Thursday 20th December we are looking for entertainers to enhance our collection day at Tesco’s, Ravenside. Tesco have given us this great opportunity to collect for our group, but advised us that we should make the most of the day (and make more money) by providing entertainment. If you know of anyone, please ask if they'd give their time to support our group - they will not be performing outside Tesco, but inside and we're looking for people to fill slots throughout the day. We already have 11.00 am - 2.00 pm covered and 6.30 - 7.00 pm. Obviously we'll also be looking for volunteer collectors too! Maybe you'd like to get your family or friends involved, children or grandchildren - people love seeing little ones collecting. Now onto other things: Our podiatrist Naomi was unable to be with us tonight, and will not be available for treatments for a few weeks, as she has been in hospital for an op. She says will let us know when she's back in action again. Those of you going to the London Fashion Show, 4th October - train tickets are all organised and paid for, all you need to do is meet at Battle station at 9:30. Don't be late, the train leaves shortly after that! Sheila Boniface has all the info if you have any questions. Everyone who attended our new fitness and well-being sessions with Janet Green thought they were fabulous. We will be running another set of sessions after these finish, and hopefully more after that providing we have the finances. Sally Lee, mother of Sarah Lee, is looking to set up a group for lymphodema sufferers. If anyone would like to be involved with this, please contact Pam. A couple of the local lymphodema nurses will be joining us at our next meeting, to give us the latest updates. 2017

November Meeting 2017

We were a cosy group of 13 and so were able to chat and give the usual support to each other. Unfortunately during the course of the meeting Diane our current treasurer advised us she was having to stand down for the time being, we hope she will pick up the purse strings in the near future. Lack of volunteers to fill the post meant we have enlisted the help of a gentleman well qualified in managing accounts and is happy to do so on our behalf; he will not be attending meetings and will liase with a member of the group prior to meeting days. Christmas is coming (oh yes it is!) We will be having our Christmas Party at the next meeting, we will be having party food and games, so glad rags on girls, don't eat before you come! All being well we hope to continue with at least two therapists throughout the coming year as most members have benefited from a treatment, we thank them for their support. X Pat Partridge rattled away loaded with booze for the fund raising tombola stall held yesterday, I'm sure we will hear the results in due course. Thank you Pat. x Last but not least we were joined by Janet Green a lady who Miss Shah suggested should talk to us. She has had breast cancer surgery followed by chemotherapy, radiotherapy and reconstruction. Following this she became focused on becoming as fit as possible resulting in qualifying as a personal trainer, her objective is to be able to provide a small group of ladies a personalised training session at Summer fields sports centre and hopefully at Freedom Leisure in Bexhill. Pam will be meeting with Janet and management of Summerfields and will be reporting to us in due course. Love and Health to you all Gloria

December Meeting 2017

What a smashing evening yesterday, delicious food, great fun, lots of laughter - what better could we ask for? For all those who couldn't make it we’d like to  wish you all a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. See you January 10th 2018
Hastings and Bexhill Area Breast Cancer Support Group