Herefordshire Freemasons have continued their support for Breast Cancer Haven in Hereford, with a grant of £1,000 from the Herefordshire Masonic Charity Association (HMCA)
Rachael Manacchini-Godfrey, Community Fundraising and Events Officer of the Hereford Centre, showed the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Michael Holland, and Provincial Charity Steward, Nick Swan, around the premises in St Owen Street when they visited to present the donation.
The Hereford Centre was the second of five opened in various parts of the country, the others being in London, Leeds, Hampshire and Solihull. It provides a wide range of support services for women, and occasionally men, who are living with a diagnosis of breast cancer. The £1,000 donation will go towards helping local people at the Breast Cancer Haven centre in Hereford.
Anyone can call on the support of Breast Cancer Haven following a diagnosis – they don’t need a referral. Help is also given to husbands and partners, and other family members, of those living with the condition. On first making contact a visitor (as users of the service are termed) will be taken through all the wide range of options available, and a treatment programme mapped out for them.
The available treatments include a choice of one-to-one therapies, including counselling, aromatherapy, ear acupuncture, head massage, nutrition, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, reflexology, reiki and shiatsu, all designed to improve the well-being and ease the stress and anxiety of those living with the condition. There are also group classes, including tai chi, yoga and general fitness.
Each visitor is given up to seven free group or individual sessions, and the grant from the HMCA will pay the costs of one visitor going through the whole sequence of therapies available to them. They can take further sessions, for which a small fee is charged.
The Hereford premises provide a light and relaxing environment, which visitors are encouraged to use whenever they want some peace and support, not just when they have a class or therapy session. The small garden, maintained with the help of some of the visitors, provides a peaceful refuge.
Rachael Manacchini-Godfrey thanked the Freemasons of Herefordshire for their continued support, which would help ensure that the Haven’s very valuable services continue to help women and their families who are going through a difficult and stressful time in their lives.