Overview: It was wonderful to see old members Ruth, Nobbie, Rita, Helen, Chris, Gaynor and Wendy at our annual Christmas Party and the Hotel had come up trumps this year with their buffet, providing a really nice spread which was also gluten free. The party was fun, Val’s quiz was extremely hard this year and won by Ruth.... and we finished with a Secret Santa.
We started by catching up with each other’s news and then letting everyone know what our plans were for 2018:
Our History: PBCSG has been going for many years and seen many changes and we have all gathered a lot of insights and experiences. So next year we plan to see if it would be feasible to set up small local Breast Cancer Support Groups around the Peterborough area. We have formed a partnership with the Community Area Co-ordinator at the City College who will help facilitate a pilot project in the Ortons which starts in January.
Given the length of time the group has been in existence we all have an accumulation of photographs which illustrate our activities and events and provide the history of PBCSG up to the present day. So we have agreed to sort out our photos by February 2018 with the view of putting together our own story and if you have any old photos of the group, can you forward them to us please via Denise or Gill.
Other Ideas: We feel ready to help mentor women going through or after completing treatment by talking about our own experiences both physically and psychologically. And we are also interested in campaigning on raising awareness for mammography for the 70+ age group.
We’d like ideas, comments, suggestions or anybody willing to help provide support and friendship initially in a hospital or Cancer Centre setting.