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Giving hope to those affected
by secondary breast cancer

Research. Support. Education.

Generous grant from National Lottery Community Fund will help support services in Northern Ireland

22nd May 2024 by Clare Cox

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Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been awarded a grant of £18,157 that will help to support our monthly Tea & Chat friendship support group in Northern Ireland and enable 22 women living with secondary breast cancer to attend our two-day 2nds Together Retreat in Antrim in July for rest, relaxation and peer-to-peer support.

Claire O’Donnell, our Support & Patient Engagement Manager, said: “The retreats
enable long-lasting friendships to be formed, helping to ease the pressures of living with secondary breast cancer. For me personally, it's always wonderful to watch the bonds of friendship forming knowing that we are supporting those friendships and helping patients in their daily life with secondary breast cancer. As a patient within the community myself, I know how important that is.”

This substantial funding marks a pivotal moment in our ongoing mission to provide
assistance to patients navigating the complexities of secondary breast cancer, and further
expanding our services in Northern Ireland.

Kate Beggs, Northern Ireland Director of The National Lottery Community Fund, also shared her enthusiasm and, when referring to Make 2nds Count's mission, remarked, “We’re delighted to support Make 2nds Count with an £18,157 National Lottery grant to provide support groups and improve wellbeing for people with secondary breast cancer in Northern Ireland. National Lottery players can be proud to know the £30 million they raise each week for good causes, is making such a difference to people in Northern Ireland.”