Breast Friends Chairman asks Town’s MP to become Patron of Campaign to Build Satellite facility to assist Good Hope
The Chairman of Sutton’s foremost breast cancer charity Breast Friends, Jackie Benzecry, met Sutton’s Member of Parliament Andrew Mitchell to lobby for his support to provide a satellite facility for Good Hope Hospital to complement its care services.
Mr Mitchell’s keen support for the project saw him accept the Patronship of the fundraising campaign which is now underway. Andrew Mitchell has been a Patron of
Breast friends is a self-help group run by unpaid volunteers who have all been diagnosed with breast cancer and have undergone surgery. Their aim is to help local women with breast cancer through the difficult time by offering friendship, support and practical help.
Jackie Benzecry, the Charity’s Chairman put forward a proposal which would see a satellite facility constructed on Lindridge Road and providing essential services which are currently undertaken on the Hospital’s main site.
Vital treatments such as blood transfusions, line flushes, bone strengthening injections and other infusions will be provided from the newly established facility.
St Giles Hospice have offered to partly fund the ongoing costs in conjunction with Breast Friends who have agreed to pay for the unit as well as funding for nurses to be on site.
Following the meeting Mr Mitchell said, “Under Jackie’s leadership Breast Friends has contributed immensely to our local health community and their latest initiative is a testament of the generous Suttonian community spirit.”
As the Patron of the campaign, Mr Mitchell made immediate representations to the Chief Executive of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in support of the project who in turn will raise the matter with Birmingham’s Clinical Commissioning Group.
Photo: Andrew Mitchell MP together with Jackie Benzecry