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100 local women “supported” by força

One hundred local women have now benefitted from our “Support” initiative. Launched in August 2019, Support by força directly assists women who have undergone a mastectomy.

força - strength against cancer, working with the Princess Anne Hospital, offers specialist post-mastectomy support bras free of charge to anyone having mastectomy surgery in Southampton.

The Support bras, made by Macom, are specially designed for use after a mastectomy, and work much like compression socks, helping promote circulation for a better recovery. They are also designed to promote comfort and are super easy to put on. Best of all - they are great to use as exercise bras afterwards.

“We are delighted to have been able to help one hundred women in our local community at such a difficult time in their lives,” said Donna Gittins, a Trustee of the força – strength against cancer charity.

“Thank you to everyone who has donated to força. Your generosity enables us to continue our Support and Nourish programmes, helping to those in our community who are living with cancer.

“We are now raising funds to be able to extend the programme further and hope soon to be in a position to provide support bras to women undergoing mastectomy surgery at other hospitals in Dorset and Hampshire.”

The força team receives some lovely letters of thanks from those who have received a bra. For some, support arrives following their second surgery and they tell how previously they found it hard to find a suitably supportive bra.

“Thank you so, so much for the Macom bra, which I have worn for the first time today. It has brought me comfort not just because it is really comfortable to wear, but also because força is helping me at such a tough time in my life. Thank you.”

If you would like to request a support bra, please contact the força team at


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