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Supporting people affected by cancer in the Pendle, Ribble Valley, and Craven areas

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Our Trustees

Sally Lambert
Born in Skipton and brought up in Carleton Sally moved over “the border” to Barnoldswick 36 years when she married her husband Ian. Still living locally in her spare time loves spending time with her family and friends, walking and patchwork quilting.
Sally’s life was touched by cancer when she was diagnosed with breast cancer 17 years ago and she has since had two lots of skin cancer.
Sally’s reason for joining Bosom Friends eight years ago was because she felt that she had been very fortunate and had lots of support from family and friends but she knew other people who had had to face their diagnosis and treatment on their own and had very little support. Sally’s experience had also shown her that to get any financial assistance to help, you have to jump through hoops and some of the DSS departments are not always very compassionate in how they deal with you.
Sally says “So when the Group started, I wanted to be on board to help in any way I could. I had been a local councillor for many years, and been involved with lots of local groups, so I felt I had something to contribute to the success of the group. I am very proud to be the Chairperson of the Group. The support we get from the local community has helped us to grow and become the successful group that we are today. My fellow trustees are a tribute to what local people can do, especially Mary, who we call the Mother Theresa of Barlick”
Mary Brennan
Founder of the Group
Mary as founder of Bosom Friends has put her heart and soul into the Group. Following her cancer diagnosis and treatment in 1994 Mary went on to make a full recovery and had a vision to help and support other cancer sufferers locally and so in 2000 the Bosom Friends Group was formed. Mary’s aim was very clear and simple – with the resources and manpower available she wanted to help as many people as possible who were affected by cancer in the area and she didn’t want them to experience a sense of loneliness and worry outside the hospital environment
Mary is very much the figurehead of the Group and she is the person who has leant a much needed listening ear and helping hand to many a worried, upset, anxious cancer sufferer. There are many people in the area who have benefited from Mary’s telephone support and home visits and who are indebted to her for her care and empathy at a much needed time in their life. Mary’s dream of helping others has far exceeded her hopes and expectations and even after 13 years Mary continues to be amazed by the huge following, support and generosity of local individuals and businesses who have made donations and contributed to the Group in many many ways.
Mary’s determination and hard work has gained her much respect and she is often asked for contributions to, or quotes for, local and national press. In particular she is a CAN (Campaign and Advocacy Networking) member of Breakthrough Cancer – giving her an opportunity to meet with MPs to promote any concerns or causes relevant to the Group.
Mary’s enthusiasm is contagious and she strives to pass on her passion to new younger members of the team who she hopes will ensure that her dream lives on for many years to come.
Gus Brennan
Angus fondly known by his family and friends as “Gus” originates from Scotland but has lived in Barnoldswick for the majority of his life. Married to Mary he is certainly her right hand man and not only keeps her in check but can also be found by her side at any events and presentations she is invited to! Gus describes himself as a Gofer – helping with deliveries and collections to and from the Bosom Friends Charity Shop and co-ordinating the recycling.
In his role as Treasurer he liaises with the book keeper and accountant. For 10 years Gus was also responsible for organising the renowned Bosom Friends England versus Scotland Charity Football Match which raised funds for the Group.
Gus has a keen interest in photography and as well as being official photographer for the Bosom Friends Group he is also a well-known and recognised character within the community – if there is something happening watch out as Gus will be there with his camera!
When not out and about doing his impression of David Bailey, Gus escapes to his allotment for a bit of peace and quiet.