Why we need your help
It’s no secret that the NHS is overstretched. That’s why it’s not unusual for a doctor to be able to spend only ten minutes telling a woman she has breast cancer. Breast care nurses do their best to offer support and advice but their time is also limited.
A patient may have been told they have just months to live. They may face the ordeal of a total or partial mastectomy. And months of chemotherapy, then radiotherapy. Fears and questions may cloud their minds but often they are too shocked to voice these feelings at the time of diagnosis.
The medical profession recognises that emotional support and ways of managing the side-effects of treatment are vital in helping to cope with breast cancer. So where do these women turn?
The Haven makes a huge difference
Did you know that 50,000 are diagnosed with breast cancer every year and breast cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK? We are the one and only breast cancer charity providing places where people can go for a free programme of in-depth support to improve their quality of life. Specialist nurses and experts in nutrition, exercise and emotional support provide tailor-made programmes for each person that comes through our doors.
Since the first Haven opened in London in 2000, we have helped over 10,000 people living with breast cancer, along with their families. Every year we provide approximately 12,000 appointments in our three Havens in London, Hereford and Leeds as well as help people over the telephone, throughout website and via our Haven at Home DVD and CD. 89% of our Visitors say that the therapies they received at a Haven were essential to their recovery from breast cancer.*
You can too
You may think about death when you hear the words breast cancer. But in reality, there’s a lot of living to do during and after treatment. With your help, there’s so much that can realistically be done to improve the quality of that living. The chances are that you know, or will know, somebody who has breast cancer and your support could mean so much to them.
We don’t receive any Government funding so are entirely dependent on charitable donations and fundraising events to meet all our costs. It costs around £1,000 to provide the Haven programme for every person who comes through our door but our care and support make a huge difference to their lives at this difficult time.
We also want to open new Havens so that we can support as many people as possible and our Wessex Appeal aims to raise £2.5 million to open a Haven in the Wessex area.
“My whole life turned upside down when I was told I had breast cancer. My biggest fear was dying and not seeing my children grow up. The counselling and complementary therapies I received at The Haven helped me to cope with the trauma of the intensive treatment and see that there is life after breast cancer.” Marie
Read what other Visitors say about The Haven
Please donate today to help us support more people affected by breast cancer.
* Measure Yourself Concerns and Wellbeing (MYCaW) study 2010, a self-report method used by leading cancer organisations.