The Bosom Buddies have had another great year, raising a wonderful £300 for the Breast Care Charitable Fund as well as supporting more women who have experienced breast cancer.

The group started life more than 20 years ago as a social group, becoming Chesterfield Bosom Buddies a few years later to give ladies with a shared experience the chance to talk about what’s happened to them with someone who genuinely understands.

Ann Holmes is part of the group and said: “It’s not always easy to talk about your experiences with close relatives and friends. It’s sometimes easier to talk it through with someone who knows what’s happened to you, someone that you initially don’t have any emotional attachment with. When we get someone new to the group, we try to sit them next to someone who we think has been through a similar experience and they will frequently become friends because they are able to talk to each other freely.”
The group meet every third Wednesday of the month, apart from August and December, usually in the Education Centre at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital. They have several planned events as well, including speakers and Pamper Days.

“We also offer support for men,” explains Ann, “as we know that this terrible disease affects them as well, not just as a husband, father or son but they can receive a diagnosis themselves so we’re also here for them. We have guest speakers and talk about specific subjects as well as what we call Natter Days which give us more of a chance to talk things over, have a bit of a giggle and bond with each other. We also hold a Pink Day which is when we have a stall at the front of the Chesterfield Royal Hospital and raise money for a cause very close to our hearts which is where we raised the £300 this year.

“In the past we’ve raised the money for Breast Cancer Care, but this year we decided to bring it closer to home and do it for the Royal’s Breast Care Cancer Charity where we have all had excellent treatment. We spend a couple of weeks collecting tombola items, always with a pink theme and then hold it in the main entrance where we can raise awareness of Bosom Buddies and what we’re about. It’s a great opportunity for us to say thank you for the wonderful work they do on that unit and everything they’ve done for us personally.”

The £300 was raised specifically for the Breast Care Unit with the money presented to the Breast Care Unit’s charitable fund. That amount includes money raised from pink roses donated by Sue Glazebrook and her sister, who also carry out Reiki treatments on our annual Pamper Day.