Each bag has been prepared by people who care and includes useful items such as. . .
“Many people go through chemotherapy isolated and alone and even for those who have support it is a very daunting time. It’s all about letting breast cancer patients know that others care”.
Well, we all say that sometimes, simple ideas are the best. It all started when Lynne Shipton was compiling a list of necessary items to help and support breast cancer patients. The list got bigger and bigger, and subsequently, the concept of putting it all together, Chemogiftbags was founded. Back in 2015, with its main objective to create goodie-bags with products for Breast Cancer patients, Lynne had no idea how it would grow and today, Chemogiftbags is available within the Thames Valley area.
Chemogiftbags became a registered charity in 2016 and won an award for Organisation Champions 2016 Against Breast Cancer – This brought the media attention and soon after they appeared on national TV.
Lynne says, “Many people go through chemotherapy isolated and alone and even for those who have support it is a very daunting time. It’s all about letting breast cancer patients know that others care”. As well as receiving money, they also have an Amazon wishlist that people can purchase items to put in the Chemogiftbags.
Friends, family and breast cancer patients can request a Chemogiftbag via their web page.
www.chemogiftbags.org or www.facebook.com/Chemogiftbags.
Chemogiftbags’ Ambassadors will arrange with the patient for the bag to be delivered to them during their hospital appointment.
Their strapline says, “From People Who Care”, meaning not just our volunteers, but the public and businesses that donate.
An example of just some of the goodies in the Chemogiftbags:
n Natural products such as body wash and shampoo
n Deodorants/natural products
n Tropic donations All-Natural Products. (if you would like to donate any natural product free from chemicals (no alcohol, perfume and are paraben free), please get in touch
n Pill box as many patients have various tablets to take
n Note book and pen
n Beanie hats/head scarves and cosy fluffy socks as chemotherapy can cause cracked skin
n Blankets can be fleeced, crotchet or knitted and quilted, over 1mtr square
n Toiletry bag for overnight stay; face cloth, toothpaste and non-alcohol mouth wash
n Children’s toothbrush as gums can be very sore
n Wide toothed comb
n Anti-bacterial wipes, to keep those germs away
n We also provide a heart shaped cushion for mastectomy use and chemo/rads and other operations
Please contact Lynne Shipton to volunteer and/or donate
LinkedIn – Lynne Shipton Chemogiftbags
Instagram – Lynne Shipton Chemogiftbags1168095
Twitter – @ChemogiftbagsUK
Charity No. 1168095