Last Friday Bill paid a visit to the Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre on St Owen Street, Hereford, in order to meet with CEO Pam Healy.

Speaking afterwards Bill commented, ‘Breast cancer is now the UK’s most common cancer and 1 in 8 women will develop this traumatic disease at some point in their life.

From diagnosis through to recovery or even recurrence, the Haven Centre is there for you every step of the way, offering a fantastic service which perfectly complements the essential – but sometimes lonely and detached – process of hospital treatment.

I was deeply impressed by positive, professional outlook of all the staff here today. Together with a welcoming environment and wide-range of complementary therapies it is easy to see how the name came about.

All types of cancer are likely to be emotionally and physically draining – not only for sufferers but also their partners, families and friends. In these circumstances simple things like a safe emotional outlet or expert advice on variety of practical issues can make a huge difference.

For more information on how you can help support the invaluable work being done at the Haven Centre please don’t hesitate to contact their dedicated local fundraising team on 01432 361061.

Alternatively, find out more about by visiting www.thehaven.org.uk.’

The Haven charity was founded by Sara Davenport in 1997 after her children’s’ nanny developed the illness. Believing that “no-one should have to face breast cancer alone”, Sara sold her art business and set about making this vision a reality.

Seven years later the second, Hereford, branch of Haven was opened by HRH the Prince of Wales. Today it offers a comprehensive programme of care extending from acupuncture and aromatherapy through to counselling, creative writing workshops and advice on post mastectomy lingerie.

Each year around 50,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer, of whom roughly 300 are men. Treatment may involve surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy or any combination of these – often leaving patients physically and emotionally debilitated.

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