North London’s Breast Cancer Haven has received a cash boost


A North London project has received a cash boost to provide a much-needed programme of support to help people affected by breast cancer cope with the side effects of treatment.

Breast Cancer Haven, London received a £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes North London after being named as one of its Community Champions winners. Each month, the housebuilder gifts up to £2,000 to two groups or individuals through the match-funded scheme.

The charity provides a personalised package of 12 one-to-one sessions of support, which includes counselling, acupuncture, nutritional therapy, massage and money advice.

Alice Coombes, from Breast Cancer Haven, London, said: “Our sessions are led by professionals and are specifically designed to address the impacts and side effects of breast cancer treatment, such as nausea, hair loss, anxiety and insomnia. Our counselling is also extended to our visitor’s friends and family.

“As a charity, we receive no Government funding, so programmes like Community Champions are integral in enabling us to continue our work supporting people with breast cancer and their families. It costs the charity £1,000 to provide one person with a complete programme of support sessions, therefore we are very thankful for the generosity of Persimmon Homes.”

Damian Seddon, director-in-charge at Persimmon Homes North London, said: “It is fantastic to know that our Community Champions donation can support such a worthwhile project in this way.

“If people were unsuccessful in their Community Champions application, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next recipient.”

For more information about the programme and apply for a donation, visit