PBLC's Charity 2016-17
Our chosen charity for the upcoming year is AboutFace. It was started back in the 1990s by a group of former patients of Mr Llankovan, a surgeon at Poole Hospital. This group of people had undergone surgery for various cancers of the head, face and neck. They decided that a self-help group was needed to help not only themselves and their families and carers, but also for future people confronting the same problems that they had encountered. Charity status was granted and in 2008 the Centre at 111, Longfleet Road opened directly opposite the hospital. Totally independent of Poole Hospital, it relies on voluntary financing.
Help is available by phone 24 hours Monday to Thursday. Tuesday and Thursday are 'drop-in' days when anyone can call in for a chat or more formally on a one to one basis. There is also a training facility at 111 for senior surgeons to train junior cancer surgeons and other health professionals.
PBLC raises money throughout the year by selling specially designed charity bone and wood bobbins by Stuart Johnson and lace patterns designed by a member of PBLC. At each of the bi-monthly meetings and Lace Day there is a raffle and all the proceeds go to the charity. The photograph shows the two bobbins, wood and bone, with the charity's logo on the shank.