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A children’s lifeline opens in Plymouth, thanks to The Primrose Foundation

The Primrose Foundation

The Primrose Foundation, a registered charity based at Derriford Hospital, has joined forces with Bobtails Nursery to offer a lifeline to children, whose parents have been touched by cancer. A new support group is being launched to help children of all ages understand they aren’t alone and will give them an opportunity to play and interact with other children who are going through the same experience.

The group will meet on a monthly basis, usually the first Monday of each month from 6.30pm- 8pm at Bobtails, in Laira, although the first is being held on Monday 10 September. The group will be welcoming and relaxed. There is no agenda, no pressure to talk if people don’t want to. It is just a safe space for children to play and have fun while parents & grandparents can have a cup of tea and a chat with others who understand what they are going through.

Glenn Jordan, Chairman of Bobtails said: “We know cancer hits families very hard so we were honoured that The Primrose Foundation chose to work with us on this very important project.” 

Rachel Dix, Bobtails Childcare Manager added: “We have had experience of parents and staff that have suffered from cancer and were surprised that there wasn’t a support group like this up and running, so when the team were asked about this we jumped at the chance to help.”

Madeleine Matthews, Fundraising Co-ordinator for The Primrose Foundation adds. “I recently attended a well women clinic we hold at the Gaia Spa, in Boringdon Hall where I met some amazing young women, currently battling breast cancer. We sat and they shared their experiences and the difficulties a woman faces when she is going through treatment. One incredibly brave and inspirational lady said that after everything she’d gone through, all she wants, is to know her children are ok and know that she isn't the only mummy who has lost her hair. This touched me and made me realise that there is gap in supporting the families and children of those going through breast treatment and that is how this idea was born. Teaming up with Bobtails and their incredible generosity, we’re now able to offer families a place to meet and talk, to understand what and share. I couldn’t be prouder to support this fantastic project that I hope lots of people will use and benefit from.”

If anyone would like to join the group or needs more information please contact Madeleine on madeleine@primrosefoundation.org or call (01752) 975217. Please note that this is not a drop in session and we need you to book your place in advance. So please just call or email with your name along with the child/children’s name(s) and age so that we can arrange some fun activities suitable for their age.

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