BRCA Kent News

17th October 2018


A very big thank you to Anita Ralph from The Medicine Tree Herbal Centre for a fascinating talk on herbal medicines. It was especially interesting to actually taste some of the wonderful products produced by Anita. She runs two clinics; one in West Malling and the other in Canterbury.

5th October 2018


BRCA Kent attended the Genetics Seminar at Maidstone Hospital today. It was an opportunity to see some of the surgeons who regularly support us, as well as catching up with the Breast Care Specialist Nurses in our region. It’s so important to take a multi disciplinary team approach, to get the best for us, the patients. BRCA Kent work hard to help spread awareness alongside the support groups.  

4th October 2018

Elizabeth Leech and Suzannah Fitzgerald attended the Guy's Hospital - BRCA Update Day. They were busy promoting the group to newly diagnosed ladies from Kent. We are so looking forward to welcoming some new ladies soon. X

6th June 2018


Nipple Tattooing


We were lucky to have Camilla Seton, a wonderfully talented medical tattooist, come to visit our group for this months meeting. It was great to see examples of work she had done and it certainly gave us lots to think about.  We had loads of questions for her and she will no doubt be seeing some of us paying her a visit soon! Thank you Camilla. x 

14th November 2017


Genes for Jeans day 


St Peters Junior School in Broadstairs did a fantastic job fundraising to help support us. A brilliant £288.14! This will help us to continue to fund our website and provide our support materials. A big thank you to all those children. 

31st October 2017


BBC Radio Kent


Elizabeth & Jo went along with Jane Warriner from Macmillan to meet host Steve. N. Allen. They pre recorded a short piece on BRCA mutations and the work the lovely BRCA Kent group do to support each other. 

BBC Radio Kent (1)
A short clip of Elizabeth and Jo being interviewed for BBC Radio Kent
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BBC Radio Kent (2)
A short clip of Elizabeth and Jo being interviewed for BBC Radio Kent
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26th October 2017


Kent Messenger Gazette 


Lovely article in the paper this week about Natalie Savage & her sister Danielle Gawler. Lovely to see a mention of our group and the memory of Caroline Langman. 


To read the full article, see the link under "About Us/Natalie"

19th October 2017


John Lewis - Bluewater


Thank you to John Lewis for inviting us to their pamper/lingerie evening with the charity Restore.  

Left to right: Claire Shelley (Restore), Caroline Migo (Restore), Susan Buhagiar (John Lewis), Karen Sallnow, Sarah Hopper, Jeanette Turell and Elizabeth Leech.

18th October 2017


House of Commons - Ovarian Cancer Action


Elizabeth & Jo were lucky enough to be invited to the House of Commons for the launch of the report “Acting on BRCA: Breaking down barriers to save lives. It was great to hear they are aiming to assess every woman with Ovarian Cancer for a BRCA mutation. It could save 1000 extra lives per year. Also to change protocols for future generations to access BRCA testing. 

October 2017


GP Event at KIMS Hospital


BRCA Kent attended the GP Update Event at KIMS Hospital. We are determined to get our message out to everyone!

4th July 2017


Ovarian Cancer Action Event


Ovarian Cancer Action hosted the first UK screening of "Pink & Blue: Colours of Hereditary Cancer.


Elizabeth and Suzannah went to this screening in London.


Here they are with Jo Stanford, Cancer Prevention Officer and Katherine Taylor, Chief Executive at Ovarian Cancer Action.


(Left to Right - Suzannah Fitgerald, Elizabeth Leech, Katherine Taylor and Jo Stanford.)

6th July 2017


Guy's Hospital London - BRCA Update Day


Elizabeth looking for Kent Ladies to share our group with. She also bumped into the lovely Caroline Presho from BRCA Umbrella.


6th March 2017


John Lewis - Bluewater


They kindly organised for a group of BRCA Kent ladies to visit them in the lingerie department to discuss and try on post-surgical bras.

17th January 2017


BRCA Kent goodies!


Excited to have received our new merchandise!  You will receive a mug, pen and information pack on your first visit to a meeting. If you decide surgery is the best option for you, Elizabeth will be in touch once you have your surgery date.  You will then receive a hospital wash bag and goodies to take with you.  You never need to feel like you are doing it on your own. x

28th March 2015


Jo is featured on the front page of The Times Weekend Magazine this week. In it she talks about living with the BRCA gene, the effect on her family and making decisions to choose preventative surgery. 


To read the full article, see the links under "About Us/Jo"

A special thanks to Macmillan whose grant has supported our group.