Welcome

Chemogiftbags charity is for ladies and gents undergoing chemotherapy for Breast Cancer and are based in Reading, Berkshire. We operate in the whole of the Thames Valley.

Introducing our new patron

We are delighted to welcome Kerri Godliman as our new patron. Kerri told us, on accepting the role, "I’m very happy to be asked to be patron for this wonderful charity. The value and comfort the chemogiftbags provide for the men and women receiving chemotherapy is such a simple and kind gesture. They offer a reminder that friendship and comfort are what’s needed to support people through their treatment and time of need".

Nominate someone

If you would like to nominate someone to receive a Chemogiftbag, please email or contact us on Facebook. We then contact the Ambassador for that area and then they in turn will make contact with the nominee and arrange to meet at the hospital on their next appointment.

All of our items are donated by members of the public or local businesses.

What's in a Chemogiftbag?

At such a difficult time, we hope to bring some comfort to those undergoing chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer by offering Chemogiftbags. Each bag has been prepared by people who care and includes useful items such as…

How you can

Get involved​

Chemogiftbags has many ways that we can use your talents, if you would like to volunteer; in the first instance you can contact us by email or via Facebook.

  • Perhaps you can knit, crotchet, you're a quilter or can sew fleece blankets? These are the staple requirement for our Chemogiftbags and are always required no matter what time of the year it is.
  • You could make our heart shaped cushions, which are always requested.
  • You may be a crafter and could make items suitable to go into a bag that you'd like to donate.
  • You may be a jeweller and would like to donate a small token of jewellery.
  • Perhaps you are a marathon runner or a cyclist and would like to run/cycle and ask for sponsors for Chemogiftbags through Wonderful.org

Every bit of help is appreciated

How you can donate

You might be a corporate company reading this and would like to sponsor us? – please contact Chemogiftbags by email. Donate by doing a dress down day at work, or by holding a Coffee & Cup Cake event. Perhaps your forte is marketing or asking for donations. You might like to help pack the bags, or be an Ambassador for an area in which we do not have a representative? There are so many ways you can help. Finally, we would be happy to receive any suggestions you have; if we think they could work, we will implement them.

Sponsor a Chemogiftbag

Another way you could get involved is to sponsor a Chemogiftbag.
Click the button below to find out more.

Events

22nd November 2019

Tickets available from
blanche@1stop-events.co.uk

01344752161/07801916443

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Past Events

28th September 2019

Although the forecast for the last Saturday in September looked bleak, we turned up with fingers crossed that the weather would be kind to us. In contrast to the wet conditions we expected to face we were pleasantly surprised to meet bright sunshine, albeit a bit windy.

Today was the first attempt at our Charity Cricket Fundraiser, our chosen venue was Windsor Cricket Club with a wonderful view of the Queen’s favourite residence.

Its not all doom and gloom

Life is better with cake

By Rachel Watts For several years now, I have seen the Chemogiftbags poster at the Royal Mail sorting office. I never thought I’d ever contact

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Foreign Currency "Amnesty"

Have you got any unwanted foreign currency that you could donate to Chemogiftbags please? Don’t throw it in the back of your cupboard unwanted after your holidays, we now have the opportunity to be able to convert foreign coins into pounds sterling. Please contact us for details.

Amazon Wishlist

We have added some items that we require to go in our Chemogiftbags to our Amazon Wishlist. These are suggestions only, but if you choose to purchase through Amazon, you can simply buy the products and have them delivered straight to Chemogiftbags. It’s a very quick and easy way of purchasing an item for Chemogiftbags, all done in the leisure of your own home. You will be helping to make a difference to Breast Cancer patients in the Thames Valley area. It has been donated “From People Who Care”. Thank you.

Our Supporters and Sponsors

myHRdept

myHRdept is a standalone ‘HR department’ with 16 years’ experience of supporting SME businesses. myHRdept feel extremely proud to have built this website for Chemogiftbags.
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The Earley Charity

The Earley Charity is a local grant-making charity serving Earley and east Reading.
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Finn Hair

Finn Hair salons provide drop off points and are supporters of Chemogiftbags. Now with three professional salons in the Thames Valley area, why not check them out?
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The Handmade Craft Company

The Handmade Craft Company are a small business specialising in unique, quality handmade products. Please find out more at their
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The Lions Club of Windsor

Covering Windsor, Eton, Datchet, Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale, Windsor Lions Club is part of Lions International, the largest community service organisation in the world.
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Hipheadwear

Hipheadwear is designed especially for women affected by medical hair loss. They supply a variety of beautiful, feminine headscarves and headcovers for women and children with temporary baldness.
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Active FM

Active FM provide clients with a range of workplace services. We thank them for their continuous support and allowing us to pack our bags in their warehouse.
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RG10 Marketing

RG10 Marketing helps SMEs, charities, clubs and interest groups raise their profile locally through a range of print and digital media including the bimonthly RG10 magazine.
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The items that we put in the bags are :

All Natural Products

  • Body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Black nail varnish
  • Pill box if available. Many patients have various amounts of tablets to take.
  • Note book and pen, as you become forgetful (Chemo Brain)
  • Beanie hats/head scarves to keep head warm as of hair loss
  • Cosy fluffy socks. Chemo can cause cracked skin. So the softer the better for gentleness to your feet.
  • Blankets – fleeced, crotchet, knitted or patchwork
  • Toiletry bag… for an over night stay
  • Face cloth
  • Thermometer
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth brush (child’s) gums can be very sore and bleed.
  • Natural lip salve
  • Wide toothed comb
  • Anti bac, keep those germs away
  • Mouth wash. MUST BE NON ALCOHOL
  • Crafts that have been donated by Crafters

All subject to availability.

So if you would like to donate any natural product please do, that have no alcohol, perfume and are paraben free (as much as we are aware).

We also have an Amazon Wish List :

You can also make a cash donation if you prefer. Please ask for bank account details or, you can also sponsor our events and make a donation through our website :

Before you enquire for a chemogiftbag please make sure you know the following:

1.Date.
2.Time
3.Place of chemotherapy
3.A contact phone number.
4.Persons name.

Please contact us if
appointments have changed.

1. Any number of persons from 1 to ? until a collection of donations has been reached to the sum of £50.00 for each Chemogiftbag.

2. You will then be offered the chance to have your name(s) in a "Thinking of you" card.

3. This will go in the Chemogiftbag with a very short message if possible.

4. It allows donators to connect virtually with the recipient of the chemogiftbag

5. Please donate now by using our "donate now" and post via private messsage to Chemogiftbags with a very short message to inform us you have sponsored a bag.

6. Finally, it's from "People Who Care".

Sponsor a Chemogiftbag

Charity Cricket Match, Windsor

28th September 2019

Although the forecast for the last Saturday in September looked bleak, we turned up with fingers crossed that the weather would be kind to us. In contrast to the wet conditions we expected to face, we were pleasantly surprised to meet bright sunshine, albeit a bit windy.

Today was the first attempt at our Charity Cricket Fundraiser, our chosen venue was Windsor Cricket Club with a wonderful view of the Queen’s favourite residence.

When we came up with the idea of raising money for charity, Chemogiftbags came straight to mind. As organisers we have both experienced diagnoses of breast cancer within our close family, we therefore wanted to focus our efforts on raising money to support this cause.  Both being from the Windsor area we wanted to support a local charity in the Thames Valley area, Chemogiftbags thereby seemed the perfect choice, a charity that supports breast cancer patients by supplying personalised giftbags to individuals undergoing chemotherapy. 

After an impressively quick set up ,and some negotiation between the wind and reams of bunting, we were ready to start the day’s events. The day was full of positivity and fun, our volunteer cricket players (nearly all who hadn’t picked up a bat in over 10 years), put on a great show which resulted in a well deserved draw. Our amateur bakers gave Mary Berry a run for her money and drew in the crowds to our bake sale. All hands on deck, from some wonderful friends ,meant we were able to offer some additional entertainment during the day, including a tombola and face painting. Our raffle was particularly successful with some generous prizes donated, including a signed Liverpool Shirt, Lewis Hamilton signed print and NFL tickets. 

The presence of Lynne Shipton on the day, who set up Chemogiftbags, meant the world to us. We couldn’t have organised the day without her support. After a long tallying up we are proud to announce that we were able to fundraise over 5K from the day’s events, with all proceeds going to Lynne and her wonderful team. We are hoping to continue supporting the charity through further events in the future so watch this space……

Chemogiftbags would like to express its deepest thanks to Steph, Aaron, Ryan and Annie for organising the Cricket match and taking the time to write about it for the site.

 

 

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