On Thursday 16th May People 1st Lurgan, in association with Knitted Knockers, launched a campaign opposing the proposed model for Breast Assessment Services for people in Northern Ireland.
The current proposal will close the breast unit clinic at Craigavon Area Hospital, leaving the whole Southern Trust without this vital service.
Knitted Knockers of Northern Ireland, a registered charity that supply free handmade breast prosthetics for woman who have had a mastectomy due to breast cancer, all know too well how important it is to retain such services in the community.
Joanne Harris from Knitted Knockers and People 1st’s Literacy Tutor Jane Treanor came together to explore avenues to raise awareness of the closure and to help the public voice their opinion, thus the clinic was created.
The launch was attended by local councillors and politicians, all parties were represented at the event.
All those present were issued a Consultative Questionnaire to share with their own party members and ABC council stakeholders to assist their constituents to complete.
People 1st hairdressing students, who run monthly pamper sessions for the Knitted Knockers group, were on hand in their pink tops to help facilitate the event. People 1st catering students provided an excellent showcase of their culinary skills.
People 1st Lurgan will run a clinic, with the help and support of staff and students, every Thursday from 5.00 – 8.00 pm where members of the public can drop in for advice and complete the public questionnaire.
The clinic will run every Thursday from 23rd May until Thursday 18th July.