A breast cancer group in Northern Ireland has teamed up with a pharmacy chain here to offer free cotton prosthetics to women who have had a mastectomy.
Joan Harris founded Knitted Knockers of Northern Ireland in 2016 with Linda Ferguson, Hope Graham, Anne Thompson, Janice Greer and Lauren Harris.
Women found that many women who have had a mastectomy struggle with their silicone breast prosthetic, which makes it bulky and uncomfortable.
Joan looked for a lightweight natural fiber alternative and came across knitted knockers. Knitted Knockers is free, 100% cotton, hand-knit, breast prosthetics that can be worn in any bra.
Now thanks to a new partnership with Gordon Chemists supplying FREE hand-knit, 100% Cotton Breast Prosthetics are now available at selected Gordon Chemists across the province, while individual orders are delivered to any Gordon Chemist near you in Northern Ireland can be done.
Everyone volunteers at Knitted Knockers of Northern Ireland. They provide a place where people can come together to help and support breast cancer survivors, to gain comfort, confidence, and provide peer support. They work closely with breast care clinics throughout Northern Ireland.
They connect with volunteers through workshops, teaching the traditional skills of knitting on 4 needles, crochet and stitch, resulting in free, soft, 100% cotton, hand-knit breast prosthetics, crochet swimming knockers, post-surgery cushions and more. Drain bags are provided. By fulfilling orders from individual and breast care clinics, their services bring comfort and confidence to many breast cancer survivors – delivering 2500+ orders per year.
Joan explained: “The overwhelming response we’ve had from women who use woven knockers is that they’re lightweight, comfortable, and that they’re able to wear tops of any style without being mindful of their prosthetic. Huh.
“We are so grateful to partner with Gordon Chemist because it means our free knitted knockers are more readily available to the people of Northern Ireland. We cannot thank Gordon enough for all his help and support We are happy to stock sizes A – E 8 cup sizes at the Gordon Chemist flagship store Antrim, Newry Street Bainbridge, Belfast Cornmarket, Scotch Street Dungannon, Enniskillen, Limavady, Londonderry/Derry and Newcastle.
“We encourage everyone to just call-in to the store and collect your 100% cotton, lightweight breast prosthetics. Many thanks to Gordon Chemists as well, as we are now able to place individual orders across their province These can be ordered in their store or through our email address.
Melanie Talbot (Marketing Manager at Gordon Chemists) said, “We are delighted to partner with Knit Knockers of Northern Ireland. An average of 1400 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Northern Ireland. supports all cancer patients, and we were very happy to help this worthwhile cause by increasing the profile and reach of their knit knockers throughout Northern Ireland by stocking them in our stores.
Knitted Knockers of Northern Ireland is currently in the process of opening a health and wellness breast cancer and community center in Lurgan and is currently seeking funding and sponsorship. If you are interested in helping, please email them here firstname.lastname@example.org
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