Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - 2016 YOUR GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS -

FIF­TEEN fam­i­lies con­fronting breast can­cer this Christ­mas were sur­prised at their door with a fes­tive ham­per pre­pared by Bel­mont Fo­rum on be­half of Breast Can­cer WA.

Shop­ping cen­tre staff hand­de­liv­ered the ham­pers filled with per­son­alised gifts, in­clud­ing fresh food, toys and vouch­ers, val­ued at more than $200.

“The fes­tive sea­son can be a dif­fi­cult time of year for many fam­i­lies and when you are also go­ing through breast can­cer, those ef­fects are felt even more,” Breast Can­cer Care WA gen­eral man­ager Jil­lian Shiels said.

The can­cer char­ity has been pro­vid­ing each fam­ily with free breast care nurs­ing, coun­selling and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance.

Bel­mont Fo­rum mar­ket­ing man­ager Julie El­liott said when ap­proached by Breast Can­cer Care,cen­tre staff jumped at the chance to help.

“We tai­lored each ham­per to the fam­ily’s spe­cific cir­cum­stances and sur­prised the re­cip­i­ents with their good­ies just a week be­fore Christ­mas.”

Cockburn Gate­way Shop­ping City and The Square in Mirra­booka also par­tic­i­pated.

Christ­mas shop­pers at all three cen­tres are be­ing of­fered a gift-wrap­ping ser­vice for a gold-coin do­na­tion, with pro­ceeds go­ing to Breast Can­cer WA.

Breast Can­cer Care WA founder Ros Wor­thing­ton, Bel­mont Fo­rum mar­ket­ing man­ager Julie El­liott and Coles store man­ager Christo­pher Sam with some of the items for the ham­pers.

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