About our group
Our support meetings held in Cheltenham are informal, relaxed and open to those who wish to gain more information about breast reconstruction as an immediate procedure after a diagnosis of breast cancer or due to an hereditary risk alternatively it may be that you are considering it after a previous mastectomy.
There is the opportunity to meet and talk with other women who are considering, undergoing or post reconstruction. Family & friends are very welcome plus there’s always refreshments and often a speaker and raffle.
If more convenient for you, meetings are also held in Bristol on Wednesday evening, details of which you can find here
One of our volunteers Jacky, has been speaking about her experiences regarding her own breast reconstruction to WI groups around the South West. Here is some comments from a recent visit;
Where we meet:
Maggies in Cheltenham,
The Lodge, College Baths Rd,
Cheltenham, GL53 7QB
Get directions here >>
Pay and display available at Sanford Lido nearby.
Doors Open: 10am for 10:30am start (unless otherwise stated)
In addition we are also pleased to announce a new bra fitting service for pre and post-surgery mastectomy and breast reconstruction ladies.
Jackie Poole, Breast Care Fitting Specialist, from Nicola Jane Lingerie will be available in the Apple Room in the Macmillan Centre at Southmead Hospital Bristol, twice a month on a Friday afternoon. Appointments on the dates below are limited, so please call 07919 280144 or email [email protected] to book an appointment. The appointment will be between 45 minutes to an hour long so ladies can try on a variety of bras to see which suits them.
Saturday 14th September – Understanding Lymphoedema
Thursday 24th October (No Saturday meeting) – OctoBRA Evening Event, Guest Speaker: Philippa Jackson, Southmead Consultant
Saturday 9th November – The benefits of Healthy Eating
Saturday 14th December – Christmas Pampering Session
Saturday 11th January – Health and Wellbeing Hypnotherapy
Saturday 8th February – John Lewis, personal styling/Bra fitting
Saturday 14th March – Q&A session re Breast Reconstruction
Saturday 11th April – Getting and Staying Fit
Thursday 14th May (No Saturday meeting) – “Reconstruction choices” guest speaker Richard Hunt, Cheltenham Consultant
Saturday 13th June – Breast Cancer and positive Body Image
Saturday 11th July – Macmillan Information Hub/Next steps
Want to help?
As a small group we are on the look out for a number of volunteers to join us to help run the group so we can offer support to more women considering and undergoing breast cancer. Ideally we are looking for some previous reconstruction patients who would be willing to talk to others about your journey, and also some individuals to help with the administrative side of things too. If you might be interested please contact the Keeping Abreast Head Office on the numbers above.
Get in touch:
Chairperson: Jacky Robertson
Phone: Jacky – 07531 712804
Email: [email protected]
Breast Reconstruction Nurse: Caroline Oates
Phone: 01174 148700
Email: [email protected]
Don’t forget, to keep up to date with what we are doing including our upcoming support groups you can follow the Keeping Abreast South West Groups on Facebook here.
To follow the Keeping Abreast charity page visit www.facebook.com/keepingabreastbreastreconstruction
Nick of Time:
As well as supporting women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and looking to have an immediate or delayed reconstruction, Keeping Abreast also support those women looking to have elective reconstruction surgery due the discovery of a breast cancer gene.
This support is provided by our sister group ‘Nick of Time’. It is likely that there will be elective surgery patients at your local group but if you would like specific information or further details please contact Nick of Time.