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Helpful Products & Services

Whether newly diagnosed with breast cancer or post treatment, we want to share with you the products and services which some women have found to be helpful. We would love to hear from companies who offer something which may be beneficial or from ladies who have recommendations, please CONTACT LISA ALLEN: enquiries@pinkribbonfoundation.org.uk

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HIDDEN by Annabel Chown

Published by Blue Door Press

Annabel lies awake in the early hours after a night partying. She’s not worrying about how to get rid of an unsuitable man in her bed, but what to do about the hard lump she’s found on her left breast. An absorbing story of what happens when life swerves in unimaginable directions. At the age of thirty-one – a successful architect and a single Londoner – Annabel is diagnosed with breast cancer. Overnight, her quest for love turns into a fight for life, and more. Plunged into a world of treatment, which she keeps hidden from all but those closest to her, she learns a new way of living in London, a city whose moods and seasons reflect her own. Hidden is a memoir of great courage and determination, told with wry humour and an architect’s eye. The story of how Annabel rebuilds her future will bring hope to anyone who has been forced to radically change direction in life. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Annabel Chown was born in London and read Architecture at Cambridge University. She has worked as an architect in Berlin and London, and currently teaches yoga in London. Her writing about breast cancer has been published in The Daily Telegraph and Red magazine.

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Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Charity Crystal Brooch

Wear your support: Show your support for the Pink Ribbon Foundation (Reg. Charity No. 1080839) and support those living with breast cancer. This stunning crystal pink ribbon brooch is fully covered with three rows of dazzling crystals in clear (diamond), pale pink and dark pink. Length 3.5cm and width 2cm. 100% profits from the sale of each brooch sold help the Pink Ribbon Foundation to support those living with a breast cancer diagnosis. Available now via our shop

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BelleTurban

BelleTurban is a growing fashion brand that specialises in designing and manufacturing turbans and scarves. Their mission is to offer customers a way to identify and maintain their distinctive styles. BelleTurban pride themselves on their expertise and commitment to deliver exclusive, high quality and fashionable products. All products are 100% designed and manufactured in Spain, fulfilling European technical regulations, offering the highest levels of comfort and adjustment creating the perfect fit, while incorporating latest fashion trends in every collection. All fabrics have been carefully selected based on their quality, breathability and anti-allergic properties, choosing natural fibres such as bamboo, viscose or cotton. Customers are the greatest source of inspiration to BelleTurban and they strive on encouraging femininity, elegance and individuality through a varied assortment of customisable models. Their creativity allows them to continuously explore new patterns and designs and further develop a growing palette of products. BelleTurban products highlight your inner radiance and are best worn with a smile! #beautyisonyou

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Counsellingwithcancer.co.uk

As well as her own private practice, Claire is a counsellor for Macmillan and the Princess Alice Hospice where she sees the effects of Cancer and COVID19 first hand. Although Claire has been told she works very differently from others she will offer you a person-centred approach which is client lead and believes the client is the expert. She understands how cancer affects you mentally, emotionally and physically. Claire has a willingness to hear another's self-identification, she will create a confidential space and here is where a trusting therapeutic relationship is built between herself and her client. Claire is a warm emphatic counsellor who offers you a non-judgemental approach, will support and hold you throughout your therapy so you do not feel alone. With her diverse knowledge and understanding of real life she offers a wide variety of therapies in many areas and offers your first Consultation is FREE

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Curve.life

Created by leading cancer doctors, Curve.life is a 10-part video course intended to re-empower patients and their families after diagnosis. The videos provide vital information for patients / families and focus on answering the number one question asked of oncologists: “what can I do to help myself?”. The correct answer is “a lot” but that is not always the response patients receive.

The videos demystify cancer by explaining in easy to understand terms what it is, how to think about it and what patients / families can do alongside their medical team to help. Particular focus is given to diet, exercise and stress management as emerging evidence indicates that these factors are fundamentally important.

“The video course is 50% discounted for Pink Ribbon users – use code ‘pinkribbonfoundation’ at checkout.”

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Breast Cancer Rehabilitation DVD

Following treatment for breast cancer many women experience problems with shoulders, neck and back including lack of function, movement and strength. These issues can occur soon after treatment or develop over time.

This Breast Cancer Rehabilitation Programme will guide you through exercises that have been designed to improve your posture, range of movement, shoulder and upper back strength, redress the balance in your upper body and reduce the risk of Lymphoedema.

This step by step guide is broken down into short workouts that will allow you to take control of your recovery and give you the confidence to continue your rehabilitation at home.

Ladies who have completed the programme have reported a greatly improved range of movement with less tightness around their scars and a reduction in pain and discomfort, enabling them to get back to doing what they enjoy.

The DVD is priced at £15 and available to purchase via the button below and £1 will be donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation for every DVD sold using our unique code: pink-ribbon-donation

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Dear Cancer

‘I can’t bear not to be with these three most important people in my life. I can’t bear not to be there alongside Mark as my children grow up. My bright, funny, affectionate boys who are never embarrassed to say, “love you mummy”, and say it ten times day.’

Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015 she found herself at the heart of the news, with a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that encouraged thousands to seek diagnosis and help.

Victoria has kept a diary since she was nine years old and in DEAR CANCER she shares her day to day experiences of life following her diagnosis and coming to terms with a future that wasn’t planned. From the moment she woke up to find her right breast had collapsed, to telling her partner and children, through to mastectomy and chemotherapy. From wearing a wig to work and hiding it from her colleagues, to the relief and joy of finishing treatment before immediately flying to Glasgow to present a debate on the European Referendum.

By sharing her story, she became the person that mums, daughters, sisters, husbands, boyfriends and family members contacted to thank as they tried to find ways to cope with their own and their loved ones’ prognosis and needed to know that they were not alone.

Victoria’s story is an affecting and at times heart-breaking one, but it is so often laugh-out-loud too. Moving, wonderfully heart-warming and ultimately uplifting, this is a powerful account of a brave struggle told with honesty, courage and emotion that gives strength to anyone touched by cancer.

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FVCK CANCER bandanas and caps

The faces behind FVCK CANCER - in December 2018 the lives changed of Luke and Amelia changed. They got news. CANCER .....

The couple met in Dubai whilst both working out there early in 2018 and they completely fell head over heels for each other. Then they got the news and so they both made the move back to the UK. After a grim prognosis and with the unconditional support of Luke, Amelia started to get better. One thing she took like a champ is her hair loss. She had long, black, thick hair, eyelashes of a camel, and a set of decent eyebrows. Over time the chemo took its toll and all the above began falling out - Luke whisked her off to the barbers to buzz it all off. So, this came next.

Head freshly shaved, Amelia didn’t want to hide it under the head scarves and hats that scream CHEMOTHERAPY. She wanted something funky, quirky and brightly coloured to wear. She could never quite find what she was looking for. So, Luke suggested they start designing their own headwear and VOILA with his business experience FVCK CANCER came to life.

Now cancer warriors and fellow FVCK CANCER supporters all across the globe rock their beautiful heads alongside giving back to the community (a percentage of sales go to two cancer charities, the Pink Ribbon Foundation and Teens Unite). Their mission is to encourage you to feel confident and unique. With FVCK CANCER you can do good, as well as look good. Because FVCK CANCER.

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Hospital Bra

‘The original bamboo Hospital Bra is a post-surgical antibacterial fibre concept compression bra, with unique support and ultra-comfort meaning that it can be worn immediately after breast surgery.

Post-Operative Compression Garments are a vital part of the recovery process. A high quality, properly fitted post-operative compression garment can aid in body contouring and skin retraction while helping to reduce swelling and flushing your body of potentially harmful fluids. Compression cups are also very important for your comfort. In addition to help reduce swelling immediately after the procedure; the compression provided by the garment makes you much more comfortable during the healing process. These compression cups are also designed to help shock absorb the tenderness and pain you may incur after surgery. These bras have been worn and tested by real women after having surgery.

For every Hospital Bra sold, £5 is donated to the Pink Ribbon Foundation to help fight breast cancer.

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Hummingbird Lingerie

Hummingbird Lingerie holds a unique collection of luxurious intimates specifically designed for women post-surgery. We are a new and innovative brand changing the way women experience lingerie post-surgery.

Inspired by a breast cancer survivor Hummingbird focuses on sheer comfort, the luxurious feel of a perfect fit with absolutely no compromise on style. We aim to bring back confidence, femininity and re-empower the women that need it most.

Handmade in London, each piece is skilfully handcrafted with the finest fabrics designed for lightweight exquisitely fitting lingerie. We understand that no journey is the same, and offer a bespoke service tailoring each item to your every need.

Prices start from £27. Shop our Pink Ribbon collection online, donating 20% of profits

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IMYJ

The cancer journey attacks everything that makes women feel feminine and can undermine your self-confidence, so it’s imperative to have items available which make you feel whole again.

As a breast cancer survivor, Pauline found the cost of post-surgery bras, wigs etc quite extortionate and it became obvious that some women would not be able to afford the prices asked so, after reconstruction, she came up with the idea of recycling now unwanted items such as bras and wigs and selling them at very reduced prices online.

What to do with the money? Well, some is taken for overheads and at least 50% of the amount charged to customers is donated to breast cancer charities.

Pauline believes that every woman on their cancer journey has the right to look and feel as ‘normal’ as possible and she hopes that Imyj will enable this to happen.

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Littlelifts

Every year approximately 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, making it the most common cancer. The team at littlelifts is on a mission to support them by offering a littlelifts box at the beginning of their chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment.

They do this by working directly with hospitals in East Anglia, where boxes are given out to patients during treatment planning or review meetings with their Oncology/Radiology Team or Breast Care Team.

Littlelifts understand that every woman’s experience of breast cancer and its treatment is different, but each littlelifts box is hand-packed with love and is full of carefully selected items all chosen to provide practical and emotional support for the journey through treatment.

Recently, they have launched an online shop so that individuals can purchase a box for a loved one who is not receiving treatment at one of their partner hospitals.

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Ms Pomelo

Ms Pomelo are a UK lingerie brand with one goal: to let fuller-chested women feel the freedom of comfort and confidence with a beautiful well-fitting bra. They make beautiful and comfortable everyday bras for fuller-chested women, especially sizes 38C+, which are traditionally scarce. Ms Pomelo bras make women open their shoulders, stand tall, put them into a good mood, and make them feel they can conquer the world.

They also provide education about bra health to enable women to choose well for themselves. The knowledge that they teach empowers women. It also stimulates social engagement as it revives the tradition of sharing and fostering relations with family and friends.

Ms Pomelo sell through their website and free workshops and also ship free Fit Kits that allow women to accurately establish bra size, as well as touch the materials that the bras are made of.

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Myogenes

Myogenes is an advanced molecular diagnostic company centred on personalised health and genetic testing. They work jointly with medical doctors, genetic experts and with genetic laboratories located worldwide and distribute genetic tests through doctors’ clinics and directly to patients’ homes. They provide full and personal support to their patients and doctors via professional experts.

Faulty mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are responsible for breast cancer in nearly half of families with multiple cases of breast cancer and up to 90% of families with both breast and ovarian cancers. There are also mutations in a number of other genes which have been associated with hugely elevated risks of breast, ovarian and prostate cancers.

Myogenes offer a comprehensive genetic breast cancer test which identifies 15 types of genetic variants which increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer; including BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2 and TP53. Especially if you have a familial history of cancer, detection of these genes is vital, as you can then undergo preventative measures like surgery and screening to stop cancer development in its tracks!

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My Hair Wigs UK

There are many options when shopping for wigs and hairpieces, but we can guarantee that you made the right choice because My Hair Wigs UK offer:

World class service with a heart. Their aim is to help you in looking and feeling your best therefore transforming your life and your loved ones’ lives. The majority of their team works in the NHS and have their own experiences with cancer, that is why they are all passionate in making sure that everyone is served with kindness, care and integrity.

Intuitive website for a simple and stress-free online shopping experience for you. They have taken care of everything for you.

Great and notable service. They offer free shipping on all their products and can accommodate the request for fast delivery in London.

Social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs are highly inspired people like those at MHWUK with amazing products that will help other people like you in difficult situations.

MHWUK are delighted to offer a discount to people shopping their site after seeing their services on the Pink Ribbon Foundation website. For a 10% discount please enter the code MHWUK-PRF at checkout.

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MyCrowdSafe - Re-usable Hi-Risk Awareness Face Mask

MyCrowdSafe is a company that was set up in March 2020 to help provide Centrepoint Partners and Trussell Trust volunteers with facemasks and hand sanitiser through the sale of hi-risk awareness badges and masks on their website. MyCrowdSafe have now launched a ‘Pink Ribbon’ edition hi-risk awareness facemask with a 20% donation to the Pink Ribbon Foundation for each one sold. These masks help notify those around you that you’re at a higher risk and therefore require the 2m social distancing. The mask is a machine washable, 2ply polyester which makes it very comfortable and has a PM2.5 filter included – also included is a free hi-risk awareness badge.

The Pink Ribbon facemask is £5.99 but you can get 20% off when you use the code PinkRibbon20 The masks come in small (children), medium or large. For every mask delivered 2 masks are donated to masks4all supplying Trussell Trust volunteers and Centrepoint partners with free masks.

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OWise Breast Cancer

OWise is a free app for people with breast cancer, helping them to regain control of their lives from the first day of diagnosis. OWise has been designed to empower patients with personalised information and self-management tools.

The app provides the user with personalised medical information based on the user’s profile details, as well as a tailored list of suggested questions to help them improve conversations with their clinicians. Patients can also actively monitor their treatment side-effects over time and share their progress with their clinical team and loved ones. Additionally, OWise enables patients to store, enter and visualise all the information about their cancer treatment in one secure place (appointments, treatment plan, notes, photos and audio recordings).

"I used the OWise app to record daily stats throughout my primary diagnosis & treatment. It was invaluable for helping my care team to review any changes in my treatment & effects. It took all my fear away."" - OWise User

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Rebound UK

Rebound Fitness, established in 2005, designs & manufactures a range of high quality, folding, professional mini-trampolines (rebounders) to suit all budgets, for use in the home and in the gym, with a full warranty and ongoing spare part service. Experts in the field of Rebounding they offer rebounder equipment and workouts for a safe, effective, fun, low impact and accessible exercise regime to suit people all over the World, regardless of their location, age, gender or fitness level. Workouts are available on DVD and online, and the Instructor Certification programme trains free-lance instructors who offer in-person or online live classes.

Rebounding research emerged over 50 years ago and the proven health and fitness benefits are achieved by using a high-quality mini trampoline. These include; lymphatic drainage, burning 100s of calories, activating deep core muscles, strengthening bones and joints, improving posture and balance, and improving mood and promoting a positive outlook. Benefits can be achieved in as little as 5 minutes a day, with the most gentle of health bounce to stimulate circulation and improve mood, and the workouts are suitable for a complete beginner through to an advanced athlete. Based in the UK, Rebound Fitness is committed to ongoing investment in all things rebounding and offers a personal and high standard of customer service.

Add the code Pink Ribbon at checkout to generate a 10% donation to the Pink Ribbon Foundation AND receive a free DVD and Grip Socks for you. (On the Fit Bounce Pro and Maximus Pro rebounders only - expires 31 March 2021).

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Scars of Hope

Breast cancer survivor, Ejiro Ideme bares all in her debut book ‘Scars of Hope’ where she shares her breast cancer story in the hopes that it will be a source of inspiration and faith for other women battling the disease.

Nigerian born London based accountant, Ejiro Ideme was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2012. During a traumatic 14-month battle she felt the Lord tell her to write a book and share her experience – even with the risk of being stigmatised within the Nigerian community, particularly as a single woman. Scars of Hope is a selfless yet self-reflecting book that sees a passionate worship minister’s faith tested in the darkest hours as her world is turned upside-down.

A self-published author, Ejiro wrote the book in the midst of her treatment. She says: “I’m glad to write even from my place of struggle and faith during treatment to encourage you that you can go through Iife strong if you put your mind to it. Dare to be optimistic even in your darkest moments. Make your challenges count by bringing hope to the hopeless.”

Since the release of the book in 2014, Ejiro has been passionate to support women going through breast cancer by sharing her story with others, offering advice and speaking out about her story – something she believes is her mandate for this time.

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Transform Method (yoga)

Created in partnership with those we love recovering from breast cancer, Transform Method yoga classes or one-to-one sessions are offered online, and focus on bringing peace on the journey to reclaiming mind, body and self-connection. Gentle yoga is tailored to the pace and specific needs of clients, without ever over-reaching; the result aims to be a progressive journey for clients towards self-reclamation both physically and emotionally. To achieve this, the method incorporates luxuriant stretches and breathing based on powerfully inclusive Kundalini. Global yoga, designed to support the release of hormones responsible for reducing anxiety, moving the body into the parasympathetic system, our ‘rest and restore’ system, combined with gentle yet expansive movements.

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Ticking Off Breast Cancer

“Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a candid, thoughtful account of the way Sara dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis. She is one impressive woman.” – Victoria Derbyshire

Previously an expert multi-tasker in her capacity as a busy, married, forty-two-year-old mother of two, and part time lawyer commuting into London, Sara managed her life by to-do list after to-do list. However, when breast cancer appeared on her list, Sara’s life was thrown upside down and she had to make a few changes.

With the combination of medical appointments, scans, and harsh treatment, Sara’s dignity, grace and composure all flew out the window, but she did retain the ability to get herself organised and make a few lists to help her through the treatment. Armed with a multitude of shopping lists, to-do lists and checklists, she made it through eighteen months of gruelling cancer treatment to the other side, where, for the past couple of years, she’s been basking in the glow of hair regrowth, new eyebrows and a renewed love for life.

Ticking Off Breast Cancer is a chronological narrative of Sara’s life from the day of her diagnosis and throughout her treatment. It follows Sara as she deals with the physical, emotional and mental challenges thrown at her by cancer and provides an honest insight into the treatment given to a breast cancer patient together with the impact that this has on someone’s life.

By sharing many of her to-do lists in the form of checklists at the end of each chapter, Ticking Off Breast Cancer provides thoughtful, helpful advice for every step of the way. Whether read as a companion for someone going through cancer treatment themselves, or as a guide for someone with a loved one or friend going through cancer treatment, Ticking Off Breast Cancer provides support and encouragement throughout.

The book accompanies Sara’s website of the same name, which provides practical help and support for those going through breast cancer treatment.

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Yoopies

As parents, we're busy juggling household responsibilities, childcare, and work commitments. Sometimes life is so busy that we struggle to find the time to balance everything! With Yoopies, find and manage your childcare needs on one online space.

Trusted childcare is at the core of what we do, with babysitters, nannies, and childminders available for regular care, last-minute, and emergency care. We verify profiles to check certification and qualifications to ensure you’re never in the dark when it comes to safety. Gone are the days of long searches, with Yoopies 50+ search criteria, you can filter caregivers based on availability, distance, experience, and qualifications to directly find and book someone that suits you and your family’s needs.

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are offering Mums 2 hours of free childcare. Whether it’s for a GP appointment, to seek support, or for a mammogram, we’re here to help you prioritise your health. Find more at https://yoopies.co.uk/info/readysetcheck/

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Need some fundraising ideas?

Have a look at our A to Z of Fundraising ideas leaflet. It’s full of over 100 great things to do from Aerobics and Kiss-a-thons, to Zombie parties. There’s bound to be something right up your street.

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Who can apply for a grant?

We are delighted to have awarded grants to many and various charities concerned with breast cancer. Any charity working in the field of breast cancer both nationally and internationally can apply.

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