Thinking Pink - a history

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01/03/2011

THE Pink Ladies was set up in 2001 when oncology nurse Sue Freestone asked six cancer patients if they wanted to meet up with others going through similar treatment.

Since then, it has been responsible for significant changes in the care of patients including improvements to the wig care service and installing asound system at the Breast Unit to create a more relaxed environment forpatients waiting for appointments and training.

Free beauty treatment workshops, in conjunction with national group Look GoodFeel Better, also proved a boost for those undergoing treatment.

In March 2005 the Ladies website was launched, together with a separate onejust for members.

In 2008 the UK Web Archiving Consortium picked the public website to beincluded in its long-term archive of culturally significant websites.

From 2007 the Pink Ladies have paid for local treatment for lymphoedema (anassociated condition) at the Longfrie Lymphoedema Clinic for all breast cancerpatients. The service has been made possible with money raised from its firstSunset Coastal Walk.

It is now part-funding the new post of a lymphoedema nurse employed by the HSSD.

The Group, supported not only by Karen Leach but also by breast care nurseSharon Bodkin, has funded numerous other services in addition to lymphoedematreatment for all breast cancer patients: it has donated money to Les BourgsHospice and Hope for Guernsey, bought equipment for the continued care ofpatients at Bulstrode House and paid for training for HSSD staff.

Full details of the Group's achievements can be found on their website
www.pinkladies.org.gg

Pictured are founder members of the Pink Ladies, Doreen Le Poidevin, Amanda Brown, Nancy Golland and Jo Allen.

GEP Article 1st March 2011



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