A brief overview of our journey:
Bosom Pals MK was established by two breast cancer patients with the support of a breast care nurse at Milton Keynes University Hospital. At the time, information and awareness of breast cancer was very limited and there were very few people available to talk to for breast cancer patients. A diagnosis of breast cancer is an extremely frightening experience.
Bosom Pals MK recognises the need to support patients of gynaecological cancer, so the group opens its doors to those patients, as previous support was limited, and gynae patients have no existing support groups in the local area.
Bosom Pals MK starts providing goodie bags for all breast and gynae patients undergoing surgery in Milton Keynes University Hospital, which was something to help at a difficult time. The goodie bags contain small items of toiletries, cosmetics and other gifts, including details of how to access support from Bosom Pals MK. The goodie bags are very well appreciated by patients happy to receive an unexpected gift as a small reminder of “normal life” whilst undergoing treatment. Following a request from the breast care nurses we now also provide a goodie bag suitable for men having breast surgery.
Bosom Pals MK celebrates its 30 year anniversary - quite a milestone! Our work continues and we hope to help many more people in the future. Our anniversary will be celebrated in 2022. Our meetings were held via Zoom due to the pandemic, which enabled us to keep in touch and enjoy talks and activities.
Bosom Pals MK proudly receives the Queen's award for voluntary service, after nomination by Milton Keynes Community Foundation, in recognition of almost 30 years of service to the breast cancer community. The award was presented at a small ceremony by the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire with the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and the Mayor of Milton Keynes in attendance. Although numbers attending were restricted by Covid-19 regulations, it was a moment of immense pride for Bosom Pals MK.