Support group for mums with cancer launches in Liverpool
Business women from across Merseyside came out to support this brand new venture for mums battling cancer.
There was a very special photoshoot at the George Henry Lee building on Friday 25th January 2019. After struggling to find support during chemotherapy while on maternity leave, Liverpool mum Anastasia McCrave Carroll has created and launched Liverpool Mummies With Cancer.
Watch above as we go behind the scenes at the Mummies Fighting Cancer launch.
Anastasia was diagnosed with grade 3, triple negative, inflammatory breast cancer in July 2018, 7 months into maternity leave with son James. When she realised there wasn’t a support group for young mums with cancer, or who have survived cancer to share their experiences, her frustration quickly turned into determination. Facing an unimaginable challenge with a young baby, Anastasia scoured the internet looking for support groups for mums like her and when she couldn’t find one, she created her own.
Anastasia said: “It was 2 o clock in the morning, one night when I’d had my chemotherapy and I couldn’t sleep, my body was pumped full of steroids, I spoke to Clare Bowers of Mum Boss UK who runs Liverpool Ladies Network.
“With her help I started Liverpool Mummies with Cancer in November. It’s a support group on Facebook and Instagram that brings women in a similar situation to me, together to talk about their treatment, support each other and really lift each other up.”
To mark the official launch of Liverpool Mummies with Cancer, Anastasia worked closely with Clare Bowers and Liverpool Ladies Network co-founder Carolyn Whitehead to put together a photo shoot which kick starts the official Instagram page. On the day, make up artists, florists, photographers and moral support all came from women who are part of the network, which spans the Merseyside area.
Committed to offering free to attend networking coffee mornings, Liverpool Ladies Network connects women across the city region, they also encourage mums to bring their kids to the coffee morning events, ensuring no one misses out on realising their business dreams.
Rechelle Davis of Energy Fairies Ltd is also a member of the Liverpool Ladies Network. Attending the Mummies With Cancer photoshoot in support of her sister-in-law Anastasia, Rechelle explained how important it is for women to get together to make progress for all, she said: ” I think women empowering women, especially in today’s society is really important.
“It’s kind of a new wave of consciousness were women are concerned, we’re no longer in competition. We’re all there lifting and supporting each other and it’s just fantastic.”
Today’s photo shoot took place at the Libre Studio at the George Henry Lee Building. Tracey Hanna Photography had models and mums Anastasia and Sarah full of smiles after make overs from Perfecte’e Nails and Beauty Treatments by Clare Roberts, The Hair Room and Xercise4less Belle Vale. Little Miss Alice Cakes supplied fabulous cupcakes while fellow Liverpool Ladies Network member, Penelope Petal created the beautiful floral props for the shoot.