Breast Cancer Services

Breast Cancer Services is Whiston and St Helens Hospitals’ Charity’s dedicated charitable fund for supporting
patients living with breast cancer, helping to improve women’s lives every single day.


STHK goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

STHK turned pink in October thanks to Jules’ Pink Army, led by fabulous fundraiser Julie Lynan in her quest to raise money for patients living with breast cancer and provide specialist post-surgery bras and drain bags to support
patients after reconstructive surgery.

As part of our fundraising efforts for Breast Cancer
Awareness Month, a grand total of 700 pink piggies were
adopted in October to be fed pounds and pennies towards our Breast Cancer Services Fund.

Julie said, “I am bowled over by the generosity of everyone who has jumped at the chance to pick up a pig, it’s just a fun idea to catch people’s attention and raise as much money as possible to help our patients during difficult times. I really cannot thank everyone enough for their


Where your money goes
Thanks to the incredible efforts of Julie and her fabulous fundraisers, we have raised an extraordinary £9099.63 for breast cancer services and now provide every breast cancer patient with a FREE post-surgery specialist bra and drain bag.

This fantastic total could not have been achieved if it was not for Julie’s amazing dedication and her fantastic pink army who shook pink buckets, held pink parteas and fed over 700 little piggies lots of pennies and pounds.


Meet Julie


Our amazing fundraiser and breast cancer survivor Julie Lynan is a Patient Advice and Liaison Officer at Whiston Hospital and a ‘Pink Lady’ – when she’s not at her desk she’s a lady on a mission to raise
thousands of pounds to benefit patients who are living with breast cancer.

Following on from her own treatment for breast cancer at the Trust, Julie has set out to say thank you to everyone who cared for her at Whiston and St Helens hospitals and raise funds for the hospitals’ charity.

Julie is also the Commander of Jules’ Pink Army and
annually recruits troops to get involved in her fundraising
activities every October for our breast cancer services as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Julie is also a member of Pool of Life and takes part in dragon-boat paddling to help raise breast cancer awareness and demonstrate that survivors can lead full and active lives.

Dragon-boating has been shown to benefit breast cancer survivors, with a significant improvement on quality of life, as well as physical, functional, emotional and spiritual
well-being, breast cancer-specific concerns and
cancer-related fatigue.

Find out how you can get involved in Pool of Life here.





Nicola’s Story
Julie Lynan, Nicola Hayes-Roberts and Anne-Marie Stretch, Deputy Chief Executive pictured with a post-surgery bra and drain bag

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2016 and wanted to come to Whiston as I knew their reputation for breast reconstruction surgery was outstanding. And I was completely right to come so far from home. They have been nothing short of exceptional. I have felt so calm here, I
actually asked “are you sure this is a hospital?”

I have received complementary therapies, which are paid for by the charity, and now I have received this amazing
reconstruction bra and drain bag following my surgery. It has meant such a lot to me that they think of all the little details like this.

I didn’t know where to look for the right supportive bra and what would be best for me. That they have thought about how they can make that extra difference and the charity fund these for all breast reconstruction patients is truly fantastic.

I couldn’t be happier with the results of my reconstruction surgery, I really have nothing but praise for the staff and the hospital for the care I have received.
Nicola Hayes-Roberts, Breast Cancer Patient