Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer
“We are your friendly person to go to if you need any help or support ”
Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer (LFBC) was established in 2000 by Veronica Kumeta and the late Sue Macmaster, after their friend Carol Knaggs was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Carol sadly lost her battle with cancer, as did Sue when she was later diagnosed with the disease. But their legacy lives on through the outreach, fundraising and community care provided by LFBC. The charity that was set up to support Carol and Sue, has now supported hundreds of women in their loving memory, for more than two decades.
What is Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer?
Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer supports more than 250 women, and their families, every year; they also have an active social media presence with a reach of more than 5,000 followers and strong engagement.
LFBC has been successful in establishing relationships and connections with women within BAME communities, where often breast cancer appears to be more prevalent, with diagnosis often late due to cultural or religious reasons (hence the importance of constant and regular interaction and messaging – especially on the topic of early detection).
LFBC developed their Hug-In-A-Bag initiative in mid-2020, as a direct response to conversations and feedback from service users within LFBC’s core support groups. The result was the provision of durable, reusable bags to women undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy in hospitals across the West Midlands. They have been running this initiative since late 2020, and are currently working with six hospitals, and in talks with three more across the region.
The bags contain items that a woman will either need or be appreciative of when they attend their first session. The branded bags would contain the following base items: water bottle, small blanket, hat, notebook, colouring/puzzle book, reading book, pens, colouring pencils, hand sanitiser, hand cream, nail polish, tissues, lip salve and a mask. Depending on donations, they do also sometimes include other extra items, but the bags always contain these stated items.
Some of these items were ‘common-sense’; others less so as was discovered after talking directly to the Women – e.g. nail polish was requested, because chemotherapy can turn nails black, and fleece blankets and hats because of the extreme cold experienced by those undergoing treatments.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
£2000 would be used to drive the hug in a bag initiative. £2000 would help provide over 50 bags for Women going through treatment.
Where can people go to find out more about Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer?
Veronica Kumeta, Founder
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LadiesFightingBreastCancer/
Twitter – @LFbreastcancer
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ladies-fighting-breast-cancer/