We are part of the Keeping Abreast support

network in the South West. We are here for you.


We are part of the Keeping Abreast support

network in the South West. We are here for you.

Local Groups


About our group:

Our support meetings in Bristol are informal, relaxed and open to those who wish to gain more information about breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

There is the opportunity to meet and talk with other women who are considering, undergoing or post-reconstruction. Family and friends are very welcome, plus there are always refreshments and often a speaker and a raffle.

Meetings are also usually held in Cheltenham on Saturday mornings if this is more convenient for you.

Where we meet:

Macmillan Wellbeing Centre,
Beaufort House, Southmead Hospital,
Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym,
Bristol, BS10 5NB

(Unless stated otherwise)

Doors open: 7pm
Meeting: 7.30 to 9pm

2021 meeting dates:

**CANCELLED** Please note that, due to the current Coronavirus situation, our actual Support Group meetings have currently been cancelled until further notice. However, you can still contact us via email at:, via Facebook at: Keeping Abreast – South West Support Groups and via our Central Services office on 01603 819113.

Once our face-to-face Support Group meetings are back up and running, we will be pleased to re-instate our bra fitting service for pre- and post-surgery mastectomy and breast reconstruction ladies. Before Covid-19, Jackie Poole, Breast Care Fitting Specialist, from Nicola Jane Lingerie, was available in the Apple Room in the Macmillan Centre at Southmead Hospital Bristol twice a month on a Friday afternoon. Appointments cannot currently take place, but you can still contact Jackie on 07919 280144 and at

Want to help?

As a small group we are on the look-out for a number of volunteers to join us to help run the group so we can offer support to more women considering and undergoing breast cancer.  Ideally we are looking for some previous reconstruction patients who would be willing to talk to others about their journey, and also some individuals to help with the administrative side of things. If you might be interested, please contact the Keeping Abreast Head Office on the contact number or email address above.

Alternatively, you can send us a message via our Volunteers Page here

Get in touch:

Co Chairperson: Tina Robinson and Sue Stokes

Breast Reconstruction Nurse: Caroline Oates
Phone: 01174 148700

Don’t forget, to keep up-to-date with what we are doing, including our upcoming support groups, you can follow the Keeping Abreast South West Groups on Facebook here.

To follow the Keeping Abreast charity page visit:


Amoena Balance Shapers

For perfect breast symmetry and restored confidence while you’re waiting for reconstructive surgery, Amoena offers a range of soft, life-like partial shapers that can be worn in the cup of your bra. Partial shapers can also help balance your figure after surgery, for an ideal outline in clothing every day.

The right bra can make all the difference to the way your breast form fits, and can also help with symmetry and comfort after surgery. Amoena offers a range of beautiful lingerie to give you all the support and performance you need – now and later – in a gorgeous range of fabrics, colours and styles.

For further information, please contact Caroline Oates or Lewis on 0117 41 48700.

View the full Amoena collection at

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Nick of Time:

As well as supporting women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and looking to have an immediate or delayed reconstruction, Keeping Abreast also supports those women looking to have elective reconstruction surgery due to the discovery of a breast cancer gene.

This support is provided by our sister group ‘Nick of Time’. It is likely that there will be elective surgery patients at your local group, but if you would like specific information or further details please contact Nick of Time.


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