It is with much regret that Bosom Pals announces the death of June Griffin, our President, on Saturday 31st October.
June was an active committee member for many years, having joined the group at the very first meeting in 1994. She was very passionate about Bosom Pals and very proud of all it has achieved. She was treasurer for many years and was instrumental in helping achieve charity status which put the group on a more professional footing. June had a wicked sense of humour, she even made her own chain of office when she became President
June had many artistic skills and would often give a craft demonstration at our November meeting. With her guidance members would take home a beautiful Christmas arrangement.
Even when she was no longer able to attend meetings due to her ill-health, she maintained an active interest in the group and its members. She will always be remembered as a lovely lady who always had a smile and kind words for our members on their cancer journey and beyond.
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.
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.
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