Celebrity Wish List

Episode 3 - South Gwent Breast Cancer Support Group

South Gwent Breast Cancer Support Group was formed in March 1994, with the help of the South Wales Argus, and became a Registered Charity in 1996.

Episode 3 - South Gwent Breast Cancer Support Group

South Gwent Breast Cancer Support Group was formed in March 1994, with the help of the South Wales Argus, and became a Registered Charity in 1996.

The Group hold informal upbeat monthly meetings at a local hotel with guest speakers on both medical and non-medical subjects.  The meetings give ladies who have had breast cancer the opportunity to talk with others who have experienced, or may be experiencing, similar feelings. 

The women are aged between 30 and 80; men are welcome, with some who have suffered breast cancer grateful for the support the group offers. There are also regular shopping and theatre trips, and fundraising events. 

With close links to the Breast Cancer Unit at the Royal Gwent Hospital, the group provides a ‘Pink Pack’ of information to those diagnosed with breast cancer, and they have donated gowns, chemo caps and computers to the hospital.  Every two months they also take two breast cancer sufferers for a pamper day after their treatment has finished.

The Group's biggest undertaking was opening a specialist shop, Lavender Lingerie and Swimwear, in Newport in June 2003.  It sells specialist underwear for breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy.  The service offered by the shop is unique in Wales, and believed to be one of only a few in the UK; women from all over South Wales have visited, with many saying it’s more of a support service than just a shop.  Operating on a not-for-profit basis, it offers a personal and confidential service to ladies who have undergone all types of breast surgery.

On Celebrity Wish List, we hear Shirley and Jean, who talk movingly about the support given to them by the Group after they were diagnosed with breast cancer. Terri surprises the group, and meets Doreen and Glenda, two members who are still active in the group 17 years after they helped with its initial foundation.