From London to Paris or bust! Here we go ladies and gentlemen! Today is the day my husband and his three partners, Nancy, Neil and Suzanne, will ride their bikes from London to Paris to raise money for The Haven – a Breast Cancer Support Centre that offers individual and family counselling support, nutrition advice, and complementary therapies for FREE for those who cannot afford them. It is what it claims: a Haven of safety.
I should know, I have been there and am involved in many capacities. First as a visitor having been diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October 2010, searching for answers, comfort, and security. Their counsellors and nurses helped me understand about Breast Cancer, what to expect during treatments, and guided me to rebuild my life by re-educating me in nutrition, useful exercise techniques and the importance of rest.
Second, as a Volunteer. I was asked to become a part of the Carolling Committee for their annual Christmas Carolling Concert St Paul’s in Knightsbridge on 9th December 2011. It’s a small committee that assists with fundraising, marketing and bringing more awareness to The Haven. I look forward to becoming a bigger part in this fabulous organisation!
And Third as a Donor. My husband and I are avid supporters and are only sorry we hadn’t heard about The Haven until my Breast Cancer came along. We now raise money and awareness by taking part in challenges like this one today and carry this banner for everyone to become involved.
I became a proud Haven Guardian for the very first time at The Haven and I hope that another victim will benefit as I have from this wonderful organisation and experience. And subsequently from my own experience, I was encouraged to start a charity. It is called The Pink Pom-Pom Project (PPPP) – we make hats and scarves for Breast Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The PPPP has organised approximately 75 (and counting) volunteers to make hats, scarves and other comfort accessories from all over London ages 5 to 80 years! The Haven became our very first beneficiary in March and we hope to spread to other cancer support centres across the UK.
I know that cancer can be a very lonely disease but it doesn’t have to be. The Haven offers help in every way and should be supported for all women going through this terrible time of their lives. Please join me and our fabulous team of cyclists and help support The Haven TODAY! Just £5, $5, or even ¥5 can go a long way!
Please Please Please donate today!
CLICK HERE: The Haven Donations Page
CLICK HERE: Just Giving Page – AWBWC – Beating Cancer Team