Staff from Breast Unit volunteer to help with Pink Ladies’ coastal walk

BREAST UNIT staff have been wishing all women taking part in tomorrow’s Pink Ladies’ Sunset Coastal Walk the best of luck. More than 1,500 women have signed up to take part in this year’s trek along the west coast, with all the money raised going towards the Pink Ladies breast cancer awareness and support charity.

Among the helpers on the day will be a number of staff from the Princess Elizabeth Hospital’s Breast Unit, who will be marshlling and doing odd jobs around the course.

Lead nurse in cancer and palliative care Karen Leach said they were glad to help, as they appreciated the work done by the group. ‘The Pink Ladies have been there to support those with breast cancer and have been fundraising for over 10 years and we are very grateful for that support,’ she said.

One of the Pink Ladies’ latest projects has been to help fund the unit’s move to the former oncology unit, which will allow the department to have all the diagnostic facilities, treatment areas and consultation suites in the same place. It will also reduce waiting and response times for people newly diagnosed with the disease.

Mrs Leach added that group was also vital in giving support to women with breast cancer. As many of the members had experienced the disease, they were able to give advice about how to deal with treatments and provide a different kind of support to the medical professionals.

Article courtesy of the Guernsey Press & Star, picture by Adrian Miller

Karen Leach, left, the lead nurse in cancer and palliative care, and other Breast Unit staff members, left to right, Sharon Bodkin, Regina Luxon, Mandy Nash, Dr Anne Guilding and Melanie Dow will be joined by Wendy Batiste, who could not be present for the photograph, to marshal and carry out odd jobs for tomorrows Pink Ladies Sunset Coastal Walk.    

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