Following an inaugural meeting, the Bosom Buddies, a group formed to help and support those with breast cancer, have got off to a flying start thanks to the Rotary Megadraw. Funding help from local organisations has helped put a programme of events togeth

Following an inaugural meeting, the Bosom Buddies, a group formed to help and support those with breast cancer, have got off to a flying start thanks to the Rotary Megadraw.Funding help from local organisations has helped put a programme of events together for the start of 2009. Tesco staff raised money by having a "Pink Day" and money donated by the Barnstaple Link Rotary Club as well as money raised by the annual Rotary Megadraw have swollen the coffers. This, along with a £5 donation for all bookings quoting Bosom Buddies" to the Airport Shuttle service for the first three months of 2009 has facilitated the production of a newsletter and regular meetings until June.Thanks to help from the Barnstaple Rugby Club and the Big Sheep at Abbotsham, the group is able to use their facilities for regular meetings on the first Tuesday of the month. Although very much a self-help group, the meetings will have a mixture of fun and help with a varied mix of speakers, activities and advice."We were surprised by just how many people were affected by breast cancer in North Devon when they turned up for our inaugural meeting", said Nicola Osborn from Barnstaple. "It made us realise just how essential it was to get people together for support in surviving the effects of the cancer and facing the future positively," she added.The first meeting was due to be held last night (Tuesday) at the Barnstaple Rugby Club with the theme: lingerie, clothes and fitting. Next month will be Yoga and meditation.The full programme can be seen on the group's new website www.bosombuddiesnd.co.uk which will be online in the next few weeks or they can be contacted by e-mail on bosombuddiesnd@yahoo.co.uk thanks to Barnstaple website designer Greg Cleverdon.