Nowadays, technology is improving which means that more people are surviving cancer, and at Jo’s Hope, we believe that as a society it is important to give back to those who have fought and won the cancer battle. Unfortunately, recent NHS cutbacks means that fewer provisions are available for you and your family. At Jo’s Charity, we offer counselling services for your friends and family to help them deal and comprehend the effects of cancer. Our team at our cancer charity are always on-hand to support you!
We have worked hard to create a charity that directly helps you. Our charity is exactly like our founder: ‘straight to the point’; ‘no nonsense’, and ‘practical’.
Examining breast cancer within the Milton Keynes breast care remit, there are several crucial provisions not available to those diagnosed due to funding cutbacks. They are as follows:
a) If you are suffering from Breast Cancer and require surgery, you will not be provided with the 'Crucial' post-surgery bra required to help wounds heal.
b) There is an extremely limited supply of Psychological Assistance needed for cancer patients, and we are not aware of any services that are currently available for the families of non-bereaved members.
c) There are NO none medical therapeutic provisions available to cancer patients that don’t involve a waiting list of up to 6 months.
These findings are shocking, and at Jo’s Hope, our goal is to help you return to the person you once were before your diagnosis.
There are a variety of emotions that you feel when diagnosed. Everyone goes through the ‘why me’ scenario. Find below some of the feelings we felt prior and post diagnosis. Please note, these are labels and scenarios we have created to express how cancer affected us, and how we coped with the ‘why me’ feelings.
Pre-Cancer Self: Everyone acted normal around you. You received a text message once a week from family and friends if you were lucky. Work colleagues expected you to be able to move heaven and earth in a day. No one cared if you needed a cup of tea or coffee and travel insurance was £19.99 for an annual subscription.
Post-Cancer Self: Bandanas and head wraps are your new best friends (because you lost all your hair through the horrid chemo). Family and friends you had forgotten about call and ask how you are, so much so that taking a nap and leaving the phone on silent can prompt a love one to call the police, ambulance and fire brigade to knock down your door in fear they have lost you. Work colleagues look at you with pity and still expect you to move heaven and earth in one day. Suddenly filling in the pre-questionnaires about health and medicine requires you to leave home half an hour earlier, and oh travel insurance is astronomical, so if you decide to travel you either don’t tell them about your pre-existing or you just lie.
Cancer has a significant impact on your life, and it also affects the people around you, including your friends and family. At Jo’s Hope, we offer counselling services for your family, so you can enjoy those precious moments with your loved ones. Plus, by doing this, as a society, we can obliterate many of the obstacles that arise later, including sick leave, depression, and anxiety.
In addition to supporting you and your family, we also provide programmes for ex-offenders to help them find employment when released from prison.
Jo’s Hope is a charity whose primary aim is too raise funds for Post surgery bras for breast cancer patients. However within its remit is to support the local community by breaking cycles and inspiring youth. As such Jo’s Hope has established, Jo’s Hope Musical Theatre club. The theatre club will be a mixture of singing, dancing and acting and is available to anyone aged 9 to 18 years old. At Jo’s Hope we understand the costs of after school activities and as such we are proposing that the sessions will be FREE of charge.
This is not an opportunity for children to come and hang out, but it is a chance for young people to make new friends and learn new skills, and additionally enhance the skills that they already possess.
Classes will run from 4.30-7.30pm every Thursday at the Lakes Estate Community Centre, Bletchley. There will also be other commitment opportunities for the children for example a number of weekend workshops, fundraising opportunities and mini events.
The spaces available are limited and it will be celebrated with an end of year Showcase.
I see this project being run year after year providing we can get the funding for the equipment so the children can actually perform.
I see this project as something that will continually grow and hopefully become so popular that we need to have two to three days a week dedicated to the cause.
I believe this project will inspire the youth and hopefully build self-esteem. It is hoped that the young people will build new friendship circles and pass on their knowledge and skills to other youths. Furthermore, that they will learn how to be active citizens and work long term with the charity.
If you want to get in touch, either contact the number on the poster or send an enquiry form in
Contact our cancer charity for more information about how we can source counselling services for your friends and family.