For Friends and Family

Friends and Family Useful Links & Resources

Posted by Emma Herring on 17 September 2022

When a member of your family or a friend is diagnosed with breast cancer it can be a difficult time for everybody. There are a number of organisations and charities in the UK that offer help and support to friends and family. We’ve included links to many of these and also websites which can help you find local support.

As well as these resources, it’s also worth checking with the hospital where your family member/friend is being treated as they often advertise local support groups. Local hospices often run support groups too, so it is worth asking there as well.

Future Dreams

We host a regular Supporters Meet-up where anyone who is supporting a loved one through breast cancer is most welcome.


Maggie’s has its own centres around the UK and offers help and support to friends and family.


There is lots of information on the Macmillan website about how you can support family and friends and also advice on help that is available.

Cancer Research UK

The Cancer Research UK website has information and advice about to help someone with cancer both emotionally and practically.

Shine Cancer Support

Shine provides support for people in their 20s, 30s & 40s with cancer and their friends and family with its ‘Shine Plus One’ service. There is lots of advice and information on its website and there is a Facebook page you can also join.

Hope Support

Hope Support is a charity that offers support for young people aged 5-25 years old who have a loved one with a serious illness such as cancer.

Cancer Care Map

Cancer Care Map provides details of organisation and services in your local area, as well as national charities offering localised support. Simply enter your postcode and any key words eg breast cancer or friends and family support and you will get a list of organisations.


Tenovus is Welsh-based cancer charity which provides information and advice and and runs a free support line for people whose loved one is affected by cancer.

The Osborne Trust

The Osbourne Trust provides support for children whose parents undergoing cancer treatment.

Fruitfly Collective

The Fruitfly Collective offers support to adults, families and children providing advice and help about how to talk to children about cancer.

Charity Choice

The Charity Choice website enables you to search for help and advice by typing in keywords, a charity name and your location. It can help you find support and advice in your local area, as well as point you to national charities that can help.

To return to the homepage of our Information Hub, click here where you can access more helpful information, practical advice, personal stories and more.

September 2022

We’ve put this list of recommendations together from our experience as patients but we encourage to use these as a starting point from which to do your own research. The links and/or recommendations in this article to third-party resources are for your information and we take no responsibility for the content contained in those third-party resources. Any product recommendations made in this article are not product endorsements and unless otherwise stated, they are made without any affiliation to the brand of that product. We ask you to note that there may be other similar products available.


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