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Getting to know...After Breast Cancer

August 2, 2018

With every order, we donate 5% to one of three projects in women's sport. We've recently started working with three new organisations, one of which is After Breast Cancer, a charity which offers a fitness programme for women who have had cancer. Here's some more information about them to help you decide where you want your donation to go.

Tell us about the fitness programme.

The classes started as a 12 week course every Tuesday 4.15-5.15pm after attending a health talk between 3.30-4pm to gain knowledge on all aspects of health e.g. pelvic floor, nutrition, physical activity to name a few. Each sessions consists of three sections, a warm up, main and cool down. The warm up focuses on mobilisation around the upper body, moving onto the main section that is a circuit based format followed by a cool down, finishing with a brief relaxation. Classes are very flexible to individuals ability levels, pace and range of movement with a Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist.

The classes have now been running for 1 year 7 months. We have developed the classes further by now offering a Pilate class on Thursdays 4-5pm for all ladies who have completed the 12 week course. More recently I have just started an evening exercise class for those ladies who work, 7.15-8.15pm Wednesdays. I am really hoping these classes will continue for as long as possible as I see such a difference in all the ladies who attend, their self confidence, range of movement and openness to talk about what they have been through.

Tell us a little bit about the group.

ABC Jersey is a local breast cancer charity which started in 1999 and they are here to support people before, during and after treatment.

ABC can help not only emotionally but financially by offering practical support during treatment with:

  • Flights to the UK for appointments or treatment (ABC will also pay for a friend or family member to accompany you)
  • Cleaning & ironing services
  • Assisted Childcare costs
  • Wig purchases
  • Lymphoedema sleeves
  • Tattooing after reconstructive surgery
  • Post operative bras
  • 12 week fitness program

Who is the group run by?

Our group is run entirely by volunteers who have either experienced breast cancer or are family or friends of cancer sufferers/survivors.  Our ages run from ladies in their late 30s right up to one lady who is 86 and an original member from 1999!

How will the Boudavida donation be spent?

We would like to use the funds to continue our exercise classes. We would like to supply the ladies with water bottles, towels and mats so that they can exercise comfortably.

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