Two women who have faced breast cancer have held a successful pamper day at Moggerhanger for cancer patients and their loved ones.
Above & Beyond is a local cancer charity set up by Karen Chin and Jayne Proctor who met on a national forum while receiving treatment themselves - and discovered they lived near each other.
The pamper day at Moggerhanger Park House was supported by beauticians who gave their time freely.
Jayne, from Sandy, said: “We set up Above & Beyond because we didn’t feel there was enough support outside the hospital environment.”
Karen, who lives in Biggleswade, added: “Both Bedford and Addenbrooke’s (the hospitals that treated both women) offer magnificent cancer treatment and support groups, but they all take place within the hospital itself. Obviously, after hours of treatment, the last thing we wanted was to go back again, even for support – which gave us the idea of starting Above & Beyond, a place where we envisioned cancer patients could receive one-on-one support in a fresh setting. As we are not group based, everyone will have an opportunity to talk through their experiences and, more importantly, have someone listen to them.
“Because we had access to local resources such as beauticians offering massage, manicures and pedicures, we decided to hold a special day dedicated to cancer patients and their loved ones.”
Those offering treatments praised the event - they included Samantha Jackson from Aromatics in Potton and Baldock. She said: “The experience was as special for us as it was for the cancer patients. It was a pleasure to be involved and we look forward to being a part of the next event.”
Cath Bradey, from Cath Bradey Holistics in Sutton who gave Reiki treatments, also said: “Wonderful day, thoroughly enjoyed it and truly inspired by the charity Above & Beyond”.
Tracey Buchan, whose mum has just been recently diagnosed with cancer said: “After receiving diagnosis mum was understandably anxious, uncertain of what the next few months will bring – the pamper day was a lovely chilled time where she could forget all about her cancer and her only worry was what colour she should have her nails painted!”
A grateful beneficiary of the pamper day, Sally Jobson, said: “I felt well and truly pampered and it was wonderful that I could share the day with my mum who had been such a support through all my treatment.”
To all the beauticians and helpers who made the day so special, Karen and Jayne therefore offer a huge thank you because as Jayne said: “Without them, the day would not have been the success it was.
“It would not even have been possible without the incredible support we receive from the local community.”
Each year in November Karen and Jayne hold a fundraising event, and this year it will be a pub quiz and disco to take place on Saturday, November 21 at Biggleswade Conservative Club. The tickets are priced at £10.
Should anyone wish to contact Karen and Jayne at Above & Beyond regarding cancer support, or tickets for their fundraising event visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Above-Beyond-Cancer-in-Bedfordshire-234491553383621/.