About Us

The Beginning…

Hug in a Bag is a charity that was started in Sunderland in October 2006 by three women who met, laughed, cried and supported each other during their treatment for Breast Cancer.

Hug in a Bag Blackpool was launched in 2012 after the positive effect of receiving a bag was experienced first hand. Since its launch Hug in a Bag Blackpool continues to go from strength to strength.

The Aim

Our aim is to give one more hug in the form of a bag containing gifts and information leaflets to people diagnosed with Breast Cancer in the Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde area.

After all, everyone likes a hug!


We are very proud and pleased to announce that Notarianni’s Ices, Blackpool have agreed to be the official sponsors for Hug in a Bag.

Notarianni’s Ices

When their Mum Rita was given a Hug they took the charity to their hearts and have donated over £4000 to date and supported us at events such as the annual ball.
The ice cream parlour make Hug specials and donate 50p for every one sold.
Lucas, Rita’s son has embraced Hug by assisting our fundraising team every year, getting us fantastic prizes for the ball, and this year very kindly agreed to be one of our guest speakers.
As our official sponsors, Notarianni’s will provide valuable funding to ensure the ball is a very special and spectacular event.

Notariannis continues to support Hug at the recent afternoon tea, where they sold out of their world famous ice cream, raising us a massive £178!!

A big thank you to Co-op members

The funding period for your project on the Local Community Fund finished on 8 April.
Hug in a Bag, Blackpool have been awarded £1,601.26. We were one of more than 4,000 causes across the UK who’ve benefited from the Local Community Fund and are making a difference in their communities.
The local Co-Op funeral care also nominated us as the main charity to receive monies raised at the annual World Indoor Bowling event, held at Staining Indoor Bowling Club. They raised us a further £431.51 during the week.
Many thanks go to Karen and her colleagues who have supported Hug in a Bag.

Marks and Spencers, St Annes

The St Annes branch of Marks and Spencer chose Hug in a Bag as their charity of the year. Organised and co-coordinated by Janey Hodge, the store raised us a whopping £3482.59! Many thanks to all the staff and customers.

Heart Cushions

AS you may know along with our Hug in a Bag, people are given a heart shaped cushion to support them after surgery. Of all the feedback we get, the cushion seems to be the most talked about. However we rely totally on these cushions being made for us and we would like to give a special thanks to ? who continues to sew these cushions with such care and love. We couldn't do it with out you, ?
If there are any groups of stitchers or anyone handy with a needle, please contact us, as we would like to give ? some help.


At out recent Afternoon Tea we served 170 people a delicious array of cakes and sandwiches. These were served on a wide range of beautiful china that has been collected over the past few months. We have now a cacophony of cups, saucers, plates etc and would like to hire these out to anyone who would like to borrow them to make their event an extra special one.
We are happy to hire for a small donation, please contact us if you are interested.


As you may know Linda Nolan our patron has recently been diagnosed with secodanry breast cancer and is at present fighting a battle. Linda is a strong person and will give it all she can to beat this disease. She is a very dear friend to both Debby and Jacqueline, and they would like to send her lots of love and hugs.

Linda has always moaned that she has never received a bag, as the one we gave her went to Bernie Nolan, so after much nagging (LOL!) she eventually got her wish and received a Hug.


Our Afternoon Tea took a slightly different look this year. We offered supporters an opportunity to have a traditional tea, including sandwiches, pastries, cakes, prosecco and of course tea and coffee.

Held on 11th June at Weeton Village Hall, 170 people crammed in and sat at decorated tables and were served on traditional china by an amazing team of helpers. There were stalls including the famous Notarinnis ice cream, and of course the obligatory raffle and tombola. However the highlight was the entertainment provided by Scott who sang his way through the afternoon. Heralded as an overwhelming success we will be repeating the event next year. However we will be only taking bookings to ensure everyone gets a lovely tea in a lovely atmosphere.

Tea Tea Tea Tea Tea

Many thanks to all those who supported us, and we hoped you had a lovely afternoon. We raised an amazing £2300 on the afternoon and couldn't have done this without our supporters both in the kitchen and front of house who battled their way under, over and outside, through a table packed room to serve the tea. People worked tirelessly on the day and the days leading up to the event, setting the room up, making the sandwiches, and endless cups of tea, and of course the WASHING UP!!!!

As a thank you to those people who helped on the day and on the days leading up to the event , Debby and Jacqueline invited all the helpers to their very own afternoon tea which was held at Jacqueline's house. Unfortunately the August sunshine let us down and forced us inside but 18 supporters along with Big Hugo and Little Hug were served sandwiches and cakes and of course prosecco, and they didn't have to wash one single cup! It was a lovely afternoon and gave an opportunity to discuss how we can put on an even better event next year.

Tea Tea Tea Tea

Upcoming Events

Hug in a Bag Charity Ball

Hug in a Bag Charity Ball