This registered charity (No. 1164960) was founded in 2015 by Fiona and her husband Andy.  Fiona and her daughter Francesca who has now joined the charity, met with some of the Bosom Pals committee for a coffee recently when they told us about themselves and the aims of the charity.

They have set up a comprehensive website where people and their families affected by cancer can access a variety of free offers donated by companies and these include things such as restaurant meals, hotel stays, theatre tickets, beauty/spa treatments, theme park tickets and much more.

To qualify for one of the benefits you need to be within 3 years of your diagnosis of any form of cancer and still be in possession of the letter telling you the bad news.  You have to send a scanned copy of this letter together with your application which is on their website.  Once your registration is approved you can choose your treat from the wide range offered all over the country.

If you, or someone you know, would like to take advantage of the things offered by this charity then go to their website www.somethingtolookforwardto.org.uk.  They also have a facebook page – Something to Look Forward To – and twitter – @look4W2 – where benefits such as theatre of event tickets are sometimes available at short notice.

Any members who wish to proceed but do not have access to a scanner or computer can contact me, Pauline, and I will help in processing the necessary online application.

Since the charity was launched in December 2015 it has given more than £40,000 in gifts and experiences to more than 800 people affected by cancer and their families.

Fiona went with her family to the Palace of Westminster on 6 July to receive the British Citizen Award in recognition of her outstanding efforts to make a change to communities.  Bedford Bosom Pals wish to congratulate her and say a big thank you for thinking of us all.

Donation: Give as you Live – New stores added

You can now purchase cards for in-store or on-line use or as a gift for someone else, with donation’s of various percentages ranging from 2.5% to 6%  donated to Bosom Pals as your nominated charity.

Argos, Cineworld, Marks & Spencer, , Starbucks, Tesco, B & Q, Boots, Mothercare, Topshop, River Island, Debenhams, Gap, Ted Baker, New Look, Primark, Sports Direct, Ticketmaster, Fat Face,

Beaverbrooks and National Book Tokens are now participating in this scheme.  Please go to the Give as you Live website for further details.

Casting for recovery is a non-profit support and educational programme for women who had or have had breast cancer. Casting for Recovery provides retreats designed to promote and support mental and physical healing. It combines fly fishing, counselling and medical expertise. The retreats offer a respite, support and information in beautiful and peaceful settings. Any women who has experienced breast cancer is eligible to apply to attend a retreat (with medical clearance from their doctor). Retreats are usually at the weekend and include accommodation, meals, counselling and professional casting and fishing instruction, all at no cost to participants. Trained medical staff and fly fishing instructors are on hand at all times.

Two retreats are being advertised at the moment one in Kimbridge-on-the test on 25 July and a second one in the Republic of Ireland on 12 September. For more info follow this link: Casting for recovery retreat dates and venues.

Or write to:

Casting for Recovery
PO Box 3611
Slough
Berkshire
SL3 3BY

Why Blue and Gold?

Surely the colour for cancer charities is pink? 

There have been comments and questions from many members as to why Bosom Pals, Bedford, have blue and gold as the Group colours instead of the universal pink.

We chose our colours before pink became the universal colour.

This goes back many years.  The Group have held many fund raising activities such as sponsored walks and cake stalls in the past and we decided that we needed something that identified us.

Creating sashes to give us identity

Adriana’s mother offered to make sashes for us.  Several members went shopping for fabric.  We went to several shops in the town and settled on the royal blue as it was the one colour that a shop had sufficient material for our needs.

Adriana’s mother made about thirty sashes and Adriana and I took the sashes to a printer with the idea that we would have Bosom Pals printed in white but the printer suggested that gold was a better contrast on the blue.

So the blue and gold was adopted as ‘our’ colours.

Our daisy logo came about in a similar way

The committee of the time decided that we should update our posters.

Along with several other people, Margery Price’s granddaughter, Helen, submitted several designs and the common feature on all of her designs was the daisy on a blue background.  We liked the idea of the daisy and our President, June, said that she felt that the Group members supported each other in the same way that a daisy chain supports the one on either side of it.  And so was born our logo of a daisy chain on a blue background.

What about the pink ribbon?

The pink ribbon became the symbol of Breast Cancer charities by accident.  October has been Breast Cancer Awareness Month for many years. One year, one of the large cosmetic companies in America decided to raise funds for breast cancer charities by selling pink ribbon bows in some stores.

The idea took off and soon became the international symbol of breast cancer awareness and charities.

So many things we take for granted come about quite by chance.

Janet Ibberson