Here at CareCo we’re always looking for ways to give back to the community, so we were honoured to team up with Breast Cancer Haven back in December 2015 to present a brand new range of mobility products, donating money from every purchase to help them carry on their fantastic work.
Breast Cancer Haven centres are as far away from a hospital environment as you can imagine, so whether you’re battling stress and exhaustion or dealing with things like money and work, there is always somebody to talk to.
We’re proud to have developed a range of products in partnership with Breast Cancer Haven.
With each sale of one of our Haven affiliated products, we’ll make a donation to help them continue providing their invaluable programmes of care and support.
Lightweight. Versatile. Functional. The Aspire Transit Wheelchair is designed to be everything you need from a travel chair.
The foldable design of the Aspire will slot easily into the boot of even the most compact of cars, and the aluminium frame is sturdy yet more than light enough to lift. You'll also find an easy-clean nylon seat, attendant-operated brakes and swing-away footrests for easy access.
We'll donate £10 from every purchase of an Aspire to The Haven, so that they can continue the fantastic work they do for families dealing with the impact of breast cancer.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 42. My mother had breast cancer when I was a kid and my diagnosis brought back painful memories as well as fear of the illness ahead. Sadly, mum didn't survive breast cancer so it was difficult for me to conjure up a positive outlook and I felt angry that I would cause worry and heartache to my family and friends. I just felt an enormous sense of helplessness.
I have a muscle movement disorder called Dystonia and it is a daily challenge coping with the pain this causes and it also makes me feel rather vulnerable. I thought, "well, if I've found a way to live with this over the past 13 years I can handle the cancer journey by myself". During treatment I just wanted to be in charge. I wanted black and white answers and found it frustrating when I couldn’t get them. I soon found that the cancer journey is a totally different kettle of fish - the strange side effects from the treatment, the fatigue which just creeps up on me suddenly and the emotional turmoil it all creates. I felt very unsteady when changes were made to my treatment and I felt physically drained dizzy, exhausted and emotionally strained. I realised that I did need some support.
A friend told me about The Haven and I came along as my radiotherapy was ending which was actually when I needed it most. Being a very private person, I wasn’t sure about going at first but the emotional and physical 'fallout' from my diagnosis and treatment was just hitting home and I desperately needed to talk to people who understood breast cancer and could help me deal with it all.
The staff and therapists at The Haven really understood what I was going through and the centre is a warm and comfortable place to come and recuperate. The Introduction Day was incredibly informative. I wasn’t very well when I attended but was able to cope with the gentle pace of the program and it was good to talk to other people in the same situation.
As well as my programme of support which included counselling and nutritional advice there are lots of interesting courses and talks. The Living Well, Moving On course gave me some really effective techniques to use in my life and Eve created such a safe and inspiring environment for the group.
I'm still going to hospital for appointments and have to accept that this is part of an on-going journey. The people at The Haven have been incredible - friendly, passionate, dedicated and so inspiring and they have given me an invaluable tool-kit to help me build my new life.
- Lynda Sullivan