Keeping Abreast
About Us... Keeping Abreast was established in September 2007 by patients Anna Beckingham and Beverley Birritteri and Breast Reconstruction nurse specialist Ruth Harcourt. They recognised there is a great need for women, both newly diagnosed with breast cancer facing the possibility of mastectomy, and also women further down the line who are also considering reconstructive surgery, to be able to meet and talk to other women who have been through similar experiences. Who attends? Meetings are held every other month and are open to women who are considering either immediate or delayed breast reconstruction. They are also attended by women who have already had surgery and those at various stages of econstruction, including nipple reconstruction and related procedures. Many of those attending are happy to speak openly of their experiences and show the results of their surgery. You are welcome to bring along a friend, husband or partner for support. Light refreshments are provided. What are the meetings about? Although the plastic surgeon will have explained all the details of the surgery it can often be very difficult to absorb the information and formulate the questions you may want to ask. Many women have said they feel more at ease when they are able to ask questions and express their concerns to another woman. We aim to have a different speaker at each support group meeting covering topics both directly related to breast reconstruction and also covering areas of general wellbeing. We also aim to proactively fundraise to support women post operatively through their recovery. Where are the meetings held? There are currently support groups in Norwich, King's Lynn, Bristol, Cheltenham, East Grinstead, Worthing, Dartford, Leicester, Liverpool and Herts & Beds, with our Nick of Time group supporting people across the country. For more information on the your nearest support group please visit:
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Rebecca's Pink Ladies's fundraising page

Rebecca Mayhew, Michelle Hills, Rhian Westcott, Ceri Young, Bridget Keeble, Roberta Bennett, Sian Aldis

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Hi, thanks for visiting our page.

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in August this year and although it has been a bit of a kick in the teeth, I'm determined to fight it, beat it, and raise some money for charity along the way.

So, my wonderful friend Michelle suggested (as I had already decided to cut my hair short for charity), that she dye her hair pink, along with anyone else who felt similarly minded.

I was so blown away by her kindness and support that I thought I'd go pink as well. My sister is going to dip dye her hair pink, Ceri is going to dye her hair pink, Bridget is going to have pink highlghts put in (and maybe a new style!) Bobby is going pink, and Sian is also going for a dip dye. Lots of other fabulous ladies are going to dye their hair (work rules dependant), wear pink clothing, paint their nails, in order to raise some money for my chosen charity, Keeping Abreast and generally help raise awareness about this horrid disease.

Keeping Abreast is a Breast Cancer Reconstruction Support Group, founded in Norfolk 5 years ago, but word is spreading, and further regional groups have also been started. You can find out more about them by going to their website:

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We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

A big thank you must also go to The Gallery Haircutters in Norwich and Scruffs Hairdressers in Cambridge for their time and help creating some hopefully, fabulous pink hair do's.

Recent donors

10.02.13 Well done girls.

05.01.13 I'm in awe. Not only are you in the process if winning the battle with the big C on a personal level, you're also funding the war effort while you're doing it. I'm really proud to call you one of my friends. Big hugs. Xx

06.12.12 with very best wishes


05.12.12 With Love from The Streets! xx

23.11.12 we will be back for the 10th Ann & Arthur


21.11.12 The medicine is horrible but it will make you better. KBO as Mr Churhill would say


18.11.12 Good luck next week -

18.11.12 Well Done Ladies - I never though I would see Michelle with bright pink hair - and it really suits her!

17.11.12 Great cause and pleased to be able to provide some support. Very best of luck.

17.11.12 Well done Rebecca. Thinking of you.

16.11.12 Hey Rebecca Sorry to hear your news - and good luck with the treatments. It's brilliant what you and your friends are doing for the charity.


15.11.12 Once again, this isn't my money but donations handed to me!

15.11.12 It makes a great statement for a brilliant cause. You even look good with pink hair! We all love it!


14.11.12 Brilliant idea! Good luck - hope you raise lots of money! x


13.11.12 You are all amazing x

13.11.12 Harry loves the pink hair!

13.11.12 Such a good cause, we shall miss your shocking pink hair - it still shocks me every time I see you! x


12.11.12 This isn't my money but money that has been handed to me by other people.


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