CUH Charity calling on volunteers to knit breast prostheses for Breast Clinic patients

Posted on: 4th April, 2016

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Cork University Hospital Charity is calling on knitters to help knit alternative breast prostheses called Knitted Knockers for patients who have been diagnosed and treated for Breast Cancer in CUH.

A Knit-in event in Vibes and Scribes in Cork recently welcomed a fantastic group of individuals who joined Ann Cooke from Knitted Knockers Ireland along with representatives from Cork University Hospital Charity in making these prostheses, which have become a much-sought-after alternative to traditional breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.

Traditional breast prosthetics can be expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable and beautiful; when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast.

Miriam Forde, Fundraising Manager at CUH Charity spoke about the need for more volunteers to knit these prostheses for CUH patients, “Dealing with breast cancer can be a traumatic experience for many patients. For those who have had to undergo mastectomies or other procedures to the breast, soft comfortable prostheses, such as Knitted Knockers are a discreet option. We are calling on volunteers across the county to help knit prostheses for patients.”

Volunteer knitters provide Knitted Knockers free of charge to CUH Breast cancer patients and all those requesting them. If you would like to enquire about becoming a volunteer knitter email maeve@cuhcharity.ie or call 021 4234529.

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