Breast surgery patients in Peterborough given support from WI

Peterborough City Hospital, Bretton. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph

Peterborough City Hospital, Bretton. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph

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Women who have undergone breast surgery at Peterborough City Hospital will now benefit from mastectomy pillows donated by the Bretton Belles Women’s Institute Group and other local WIs in Peterborough and Huntingdon.

The local WI branches have donated over 100 hand-crafted mastectomy pillows to the Trust’s Breast Unit. There are 54 WIs in the Huntingdon and Peterborough Federation who have been busy making mastectomy pillows and donating them to local hospitals.

The pillows are designed in the shape of a heart which allows women to fit the pillow under their armpit, between the arm and the chest, to provide comfort and protect any tender or damaged areas. The pillows are also commonly used to prevent seatbelts from rubbing against the chest.

Vanessa Hewick, Breast Care Nurse, said: “We are very grateful to the members of the WI for making these cushions. Women who have had surgery in this area use them to relieve pressure and find them of great comfort. We would like to thank the ladies very much for making them over the past year.”

Sally Dalley, Federation Chairman said: “As always, our members have stepped up to the mark and have overwhelmingly responded to the invitation to make these mastectomy pillows. We hope that they will bring some comfort to other women at a difficult time in their lives.”