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A charity which offers support to people with breast cancer in Bromsgrove has received a £4,000 boost to coffers thanks to the former Council Chairman’s charity.

Cllr Caroline Spencer, who was in office from 2018/19, raised the money for Bosom Friends - Redditch and Bromsgrove with a variety of events including a Civic Dinner, Caribbean and Thai nights and fish and chips on a barge.

She said: “Unfortunately cancer touches so many people’s lives, whether you are a patient or a family member.

“To have this support group in Bromsgrove is marvellous and I am delighted to have raised so much money for them – thanks to everyone who supported me over the last year.”

Bosom Friends are planning to use the money for nipple tattooing equipment and to support  the on-going costs.   

One of the Breast Care nurses has recently done her training in nipple tattooing and at the moment all patients have to go the Worcester. The plan would be to be able to run tattooing clinics at Princess of Wales, Bromsgrove.

The other thing the charity would like to do, pending permission from the Trust, is to refurbish their counselling room at the Alex hospital which is in desperate need of a facelift.

Bosom Friends is run by the Alexandra Hospital’s breast care specialist nurses who are at each meeting to provide practical advice and support, up-to-date information and links to other health care professionals.

A Bosom Friend’s spokesperson said: “A breast cancer diagnosis can be daunting for males and females of all ages. We know it may be hard to walk through the doors for the first time. So, if you are considering giving Bosom Friends support group a try, but feel anxious about taking that first step, do not hesitate to contact us. 

“We will happily arrange to have a familiar, friendly face to greet you so you are not entering alone.”

The Bosom Friends support group meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. 

The venue alternates monthly between the Alexandra Hospital (Education Centre, Redditch), Primrose Hospice (Help Centre Aston Fields, Bromsgrove) and Bromsgrove Hotel.