I am honoured and delighted to be a patron of ‘Hug in a Bag’.
As a breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2006 before ‘Hug’ was available in Blackpool, I remember only too well the terrible day of diagnosis. That terrible feeling of helplessness and the panic of “what happens now?” I know that had I received a bag, those feelings wouldn’t have been so overwhelming because it would have let me know that someone cares and that I wasn’t alone.
The ladies that run the charity are fabulous women. Some have been touched by this terrible disease, some have seen friends or family go through it. They expect nothing in return – they themselves don’t even give out the bags, and consequently don’t get to see what it means to women and men at this terrible time. They work tirelessly to achieve their goal of making sure that everyone diagnosed with breast cancer receives a ‘hug’ and they hope it helps in some way to let them know they are not alone.
My younger sister Bernie was diagnosed in 2010. She had all the treatment but in 2012 her cancer returned. I asked the ladies at Hug in a Bag Blackpool if I could take her a bag and she was absolutely thrilled with it – and used the makeup bag right up until she could not do her makeup anymore!!