Liz, Clare, Emma, Jo and Helen presenting Birstall BAGS’ first cheque donation to Mike Turner, Chairman of Charities at Glenfield Hospital. He was chairman of an appeal to build a breast care centre at Glenfield Hospital and helped to raise £1.4million for its opening in 2001.

Clare Wells, founder of Birstall BAGS, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. Her determination to encourage all women to be vigilant, to self examine and access medical care as soon as possible inspired the formation of BAGS, a local fundraising social group.

Clare’s cancer recurred and sadly she died in 2003 but her close friends Rachael Boyall, Helen Carnan, Liz Darlison, Lesley Merry, Jo Preston and Emma Shaw, have carried on with her vision and to date over £50,000 has been donated to local cancer services.

Since September 2010 the Birstall BAGS have funded the running of ‘Time Out’, a coping with cancer drop-in complementary therapy group held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 1.30-4.30 at the Wanlip Church and Community Centre next to Wanlip Parish Church, Wanlip, Leicester, LE7 4PJ.

Currently, the group hold a variety of annual events to bring the community together to have a bit of fun and raise funds; events include a sponsored walk/run, a pink ladies night and a live band evening. Local businesses and clubs have continuously supported us too, including Birstall United, Advanced Labels and Print, The White Horse, The Dining Room, The Earl of Stamford, Birstall Social Club, Unique Hairdressers and Aroma Spice.

Registered Charity: 1160190

I would like to say Thank you for the amazing work Birstall Bags do. Since being diagnosed the time out group, and the therapists have been a lifeline, to me and many others. Thank you ?

Rosie Rollings