With the summer holidays approaching and a chance for a break, our staff have been reflecting on what we have achieved so far this year. It turns out it’s a lot! As well as running clinics at our centre in Elmsleigh Drive, over the phone and online, and our brilliant staff and volunteers running our ever popular charity shop in Tilbury, we’ve done so much in the community! We’re proud of what we’ve done so far so we thought we’d share it with you.

At the start of the year, we opened our wedding and prom dress shop in The Royals Southend. We had people queueing out the door on opening weekend and provided brides, grooms, teenagers and children with affordable prom and wedding wear. In addition to this, our nurses ran clinics in the shop providing much needed advice and support to those who wanted to discuss breast cancer. They also spoke to customers opportunistically when the subject arose. This shop is still open by appointment.

We had our lovely nurse Natalie and her husband run for us in the Maldon Mud Race and our devoted volunteer Dawn braved the London Marathon to raise funds. Big thanks to everyone else who has also raised money for us this way.

We’ve given talks and presentations to staff at The Houses of Parliament, the Asian Women’s Network and workplaces such as Mercedes Lakeside. We’ve visited schools and colleges, care homes, mum & toddler groups, GP surgeries, WI groups, care agencies, and gyms to tell people about our work and the importance of the early detection of breast cancer. We’ve had stands at Chelmsford Races Ladies Day (where we met Bradley Walsh who posed in one of our knitted boobie scarves. We also threw one to Gok Wan on stage, but he declined to wear it!) and a health day at the Puzey Practice in Rochford where we spoke to around 80 people. We’ve had collections at the Sound of Music production at The Palace Theatre and a quiz at Sweyne school in our name. We’ve also held regular clinics at the Bra Consultancy – a wonderful bra shop and fitting service in Maldon. Over the summer we’re set to be The Royals again but this time in our new project Selfie on Sea. Here you will find 11 selfie stations to take photos with your friends, raising breast awareness in a fun and light-hearted way.

So, you can see, our nurses and other staff don’t just work in our clinic setting, we are always adding to our skills! We are regularly arranging talks and presentations to spread our message to as many diversities as possible. If you’d like one from one of our friendly staff, please do get in touch.