UK Freebies to help you Live Better With cancer

Everyone deserves a treat once in a while and if you’re living with cancer then you’ll be glad to know there are lots of people out there who think you deserve to get as many treats as possible. So we’ve put together a list of charities and individuals offering free products and services to help you on your cancer journey.

We’ll be adding more free stuff to the list as we find them and if you’ve come across any freebies that you think should be on the list too then do let us know by emailing theteam@livebetterwith.com.

 

Hair loss

Cancer Hair Care

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Cancer Hair Care is a charity that offers free hats and scarves for children. The hats are designed for maximum comfort and include features such as easy to tie scarves and hats with fake hair attached. They also offer free, specialist services for teenagers and ‘Happy Hat Boxes’ full of bespoke specialist hair loss items to suit the individual needs of each. Currently, this service is offered in hospitals in London and the South East, but they hope to reach out to the rest of the UK too.

 

Good Wishes

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If you’ve lost your hair as a result of chemo, then get a ‘hug for your head’ in the form a beautiful scarf. Good Wishes will provide you with a selection of 3 fabrics to choose from and will then send you a scarf or wrap along with a card full of the good wishes from their staff! They are based in the U.S. but have provided over 50,000 scarves worldwide; they simply ask that you cover the cost of shipping. 

 

Mind and Brain

Odyssey

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Odyssey holds brilliant five-day residential courses set in peaceful, beautiful, outdoor surroundings to help you deal with the psychological and emotional impact of living with cancer. They draw on the natural beauty of their outdoor environment, the Arts, and unique adventures to help cancer patients of all ages and backgrounds regain their confidence and zest for life. It is an amazing experience, and you can be referred to them by your doctor or nurse.

 

Sail 4 Cancer

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Sail 4 Cancer offer fantastic water based respite days and holidays for families affected by cancer. From day trips to murder mysteries aboard yachts and even holidays too, you and your family or friends can head to the water and escape the stresses of living with cancer. The charity also makes grants to cancer care centres and supports research into the benefits of exercise (e.g. sailing) and how it can help prevent cancer and aid recovery post diagnosis.

 

Give A Book

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Give A Book is a charity that provides free books to help you unwind, relax and take your mind off ‘other’ things. They distribute their books via charities such as Maggies and Ellie’s Friends.

 

Ellie’s Friends

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Ellie’s Friends is a charity with a whole host of freebies donated by generous people, businesses, and organisations. They change every week and work like a raffle, so you apply to for the one you want and see if you win it. There are all sorts of things from spa days to cinema tickets to aromatherapy products and yoga passes, so take a look and see what tickles your fancy!

 

Treatment Planning

Flossie Teacakes

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Flossie Teacakes has a great free pattern and step-by-step instructions on how to make a wiggly bag (the bags children use to keep their Hickman line wires in). The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and there are also some great photos to help too.

 

4Freddy Covers

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If you don’t want to make a wiggly bag yourself, then you can get them for free from 4 Freddy covers on Facebook who hand make beautiful bags on request.

 

Feeling confident

Knitted knockers

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Knitted Knockers provide free knitted breast prosthesis for women who have had a mastectomy or lumpectomy. These soft, lightweight, washable knockers even come in a safe swim variety. The aqua knockers are hand-made using a soft acrylic yarn and stuffed using shower scrunchies and look natural under swimming costumes. 

 

Look Good Feel Better

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This is a fantastic organisation to help women learn more about managing the visible side-effects of cancer treatment. Their free confidence kit is full of expert advice and practical tips on skincare, makeup, wig styling, hair care, headwear and nail care. It does have everything you could ever want to know about how to look good and feel better! They even run free workshops where trained beauticians guide you through a 12 step makeup programme and give you a bag of free goodies to go home with so you can perfect your technique at home. Check out their website for lots of helpful free online tutorials too.

 

In pain

Jen’s Friends

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If you’ve had a mastectomy, then your chest area can be sore which is why the lovely ladies at Jen’s Friends handmake free heart shaped cushions to help protect and provide comfort post mastectomy. They are great for in the car, to stop the seatbelt from causing pressure, or for getting into a comfortable position for sleeping.

 

Bowel and bladder issues

CliniMed

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You can order free ostomy samples from CliniMed who have a range of products including ostomy bags with manuka honey, barrier sprays, foam cleansers and deodorant sprays. So whether you’ve got a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy there’ll be plenty of freebies to choose from.

 

Having Sex

Yes!

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Yes! make natural based, organic certified personal lubricants, moisturisers and washes for intimate wellbeing. They come with lots of recommendations from members of our community who’ve bought the product from us. So we thought we’d give you the chance to try it for free. We’ve managed to get hold of 50 free samples of their oil based and water based lubricants for you try. If you want one, just email theteam@livebetterwith.com stating whether you want an oil or water based sample and we’ll pop one in the post for you. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Comments

  1. Adam Lindsay on

    Not much for men then !

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