Good friends are there when you need them. Please allow us to be a good friend to you.
Hello, my name is Kate Groombridge and I’m writing today as a former cancer patient and now Trustee of Penny Brohn UK to ask a simple favour, friend to friend:
It may seem an odd request, but new regulations concerning data security, which come into force from May 25th 2018, mean that all UK charities must get in touch with everyone they know – old friends, new friends and everyone in between – to check that you’re still happy to be contacted.
And that’s not all: If you don’t give us your permission, Penny Brohn UK must assume that you are opting out of all future communications. So not acting is as good as saying ‘no’ or ‘goodbye’.
That seems like such a shame to me as you obviously came into Penny Brohn UK’s circle for a reason and however much time may have elapsed between then and now, I hope you might still feel a connection with this amazing charity.
In my mind, good friendships are always two-way, and I believe that both sides should be able to reach out to the other if the need arises. So, while Penny Brohn UK will never close its doors to you, it would be wonderful if you would also agree to keep yours open by completing a short online form.
Many supporters have already done this – and I really hope you’ll join them today.
If you recently changed your contact preferences and opted not to receive communications from us, please forgive this one; it can take a couple of weeks for the system to update.
You really can trust Penny Brohn UK to be respectful of your wishes – and your data. And I’m not just saying that as someone who has seen how this charity works from the inside, but as someone who initially came here looking for answers and help after being diagnosed with breast cancer just after my baby was born.
If you’ve visited our Centre in Pill, just outside Bristol, you may know what I mean when I say that it almost has a pulse. I’d arrive and instantly be aware of the peaceful, safe, nurturing nature of the place.
Penny Brohn UK offered me help, empowerment and genuine hope. And like so many others who’ve experienced this, when I was better, I immediately wanted to give back.
Now, as a trustee, I have a clearer understanding of just how much the charity relies on people like you and me, its friends and supporters. But resourceful as it is, Penny Brohn UK can’t afford to lose its supporters, especially for the want of a few ticks on a piece of paper.
I could go on and on about the virtues of Penny Brohn, but that’s not the purpose of me writing to you today. I just hope I’ve done enough to encourage you to stay in touch.
With sincere thanks
Kate, Trustee and friend of Penny Brohn UK