October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and apart from Team ASPH doing our bit to promote the importance of breast awareness and raise money by ‘Wearing Pink’. Our Haematology team received a special donation this week.
Sally Monaghan, clinical nurse specialist, Mariana Silver, deputy sister and Juliet Nkansa, sister at Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust received 40 chemotherapy care pouches from Sarah Mason and Amy Mann.
Sarah and Amy both live in Ashford and wanted to support their local community, as they both had families affected and treated for chemotherapy at St Peter’s and the Royal Surrey. Sadly, Sarah’s father passed away at St Peter’s.
Sally Monaghan, clinical nurse specialist said: “we treat 25 – 30 new patients ever month; this is a wonderful compassionate gift to give them.”
Sarah and Amy have been sponsored by friends and family and other local sponsors as well who have all been affected by cancer, either themselves or family members. Sarah said: “We really want to improve as many peoples experience of having to go through chemotherapy. The care pouches will let them know someone cares and hopefully see it as an act of kindness, as well as aiding the physical effects”.
Pouches contain various items such as socks, scarfs, gloves, hat, tissues, and lip balm etc. Pouches are available for both men and women and contain different items appropriate for both. Some of the pouches contain notes inside from sponsors with well wishes.
Sarah and Amy are preparing to donate more pouches to Ashford & St Peter’s hospitals for Christmas.
Pictured above from left to right – Juliet Nkansa, Amy Mann, Sarah Mason, Mariana Silver and Sally Monaghan