A new support group offering a lifeline to children whose parents have been touched by breast cancer is being launched.
The Primrose Foundation has joined forces with Bobtails Nursery to offer a support group which helps children of all ages to understand that they aren’t alone and will give them an opportunity to play and interact with other children who are going through the same experience.
The Primrose Foundation is a breast care charity based in Plymouth, which reaches out to people who might be suffering around the South Hams as well.
The group will meet on a monthly basis, usually the first Monday of each month from 6.30-8pm at Bobtails Nursery, in Laira and begins on September 10. The group aims to be welcoming and relaxed. With no agenda, no pressure to talk if people don’t want to. It is meant to be a safe space for children to play and have fun while parents & grandparents can have a cup of tea and a chat with others who understand what they are going through.
Glenn Jordan, chairman of Bobtails, said: “We know cancer hits families very hard so we were honoured that the Primrose Foundation chose to work with us on this very important project.”
Rachel Dix, Bobtails childcare manager added: “We have had experience of parents and staff that have suffered from cancer and were surprised that there wasn’t a support group like this up and running, so when the team were asked about this we jumped at the chance to help”.
Madeleine Matthews, fundraising co-ordinator for the Primrose Foundation said: “I recently attended a well women clinic we hold at the Gaia Spa, in Boringdon Hall where I met some amazing young women, currently battling breast cancer. We sat and they shared their experiences and the difficulties a woman faces when she is going through treatment.
“One incredibly brave and inspirational lady said that after everything she’d gone through, all she wants, is to know her children are ok and know that she isn’t the only Mummy who has lost her hair. This touched me and made me realise that there is gap in supporting the families and children of those going through breast treatment and that is how this idea was born.
“Teaming up with Bobtails and their incredible generosity, we’re now able to offer families a place to meet and talk, to understand what and share. I couldn’t be prouder to support this fantastic project that I hope lots of people will use and benefit from.”