The Haven ~ A Charity You Should Know About
Posted on 24th April 2017
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In 2014 over 50,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer; that’s over 150 people being diagnosed per day.
Over the summer, some of my friends and I took part in some fundraising for The Haven, a charity which offers support to those that are suffering or have suffered from breast cancer and to their families. With only six centres across the UK, Hereford is lucky enough to have one. We chose the charity as one of my friend’s family members had been affected. Once they were well enough to leave hospital, they found The Haven helpful for their rehabilitation, so we all felt it was necessary to give something back.
Aiming to give a more homely rather than clinical atmosphere, the charity is based on St Owen’s Street in a large terraced house, and offers a large variety of activities to get involved in, ranging from yoga and meditation classes to one-to-one support for those suffering and their families. However, it is worth mentioning that The Haven relies on volunteers and donations in order to keep giving support to those in need.
It is easy to donate on their website. You can either make a single donation or regular donations each month, selecting the amount you would like to donate, when you would like to donate it and suggesting any further comments you would like to give to the charity. Alternatively, you can also bring in cash or cheques to The Haven’s front desk, if you would prefer to donate that way instead.
It is often forgotten that breast cancer can be present in both women and men at any stage in their lives. I think it is important to remember that Hereford is lucky enough to have such a generous organisation specially designed to help care for those suffering from the most common cancer in the UK. It could be helpful to College students who are looking for support if a family member has been diagnosed, or could recommend the charity to a loved one going through or who has recently been through the process of breast cancer.
Eleanor Crump (Studing A Levels in English Literature, Government & Politics and Modern History)