Trefoil Guild’s gifts say it from the heart for patients

Members of the Trefoil Guild from across East Sussex donate heart-shaped pillows to assistant director of nursing, Lucy Scragg

Members of the Trefoil Guild from across East Sussex donate heart-shaped pillows to assistant director of nursing, Lucy Scragg

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Members of the Trefoil Guild from across East Sussex have donated more than a hundred handmade heart-shaped pillows for women to use as an aid following breast cancer surgery.

Lucy Scragg, assistant director of nursing for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, was presented with the pillows by local members of the Trefoil Guild.

I know these pillows will be of a practical aid at what is a difficult time for so many women

Alice Webster

Breast cancer patients are given heart-shaped pillows to help their recovery.

The pillows help to soothe both the physical and emotional pain immediately after surgery, radiation or other treatment.

Their heart shape means they can be placed under the arm to take pressure off the area, ease pain from surgery and help to reduce surgical swelling under the arm.

Every pillow is given out with the following message in the shape of a heart:

“This is to take the pressure off your arm and /or your breast on your sore and sensitive chest after a mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer, or during radiation treatments.

“It fits under a seatbelt or under your arm and doesn’t move all over the place.

“It fills a space left empty after a mastectomy, giving you a more comfortable rest when lying on your side.

And finally, the heart shape speaks of love as well as giving physical comfort.”

Alice Webster, the trust’s director of nursing said: “We are extremely grateful to the Trefoil Guild for its hard work in making so many heart-shaped pillows.

“I know these pillows will be of a practical aid at what is a difficult time for so many women.

“The idea of the cushion is to take the pressure off the arm and /or breast after a mastectomy or lumpectomy for breast cancer, or during radiation treatments.

“It fits under a seatbelt or under the arm and doesn’t move all over the place.

“It fills a space left empty after a mastectomy, giving more comfortable rest to a patient when lying on their side.”

The pillows were handmade by Trefoil Guild members from Eastbourne, Seahaven, Hastings and Rother, Hove, Heathfield, Robertsbridge and Wadhurst.

The Trefoil Guild is ‘guiding for adults’ and a source of fun and friendship keeping alive the spirit of the Guide and Scout Promises.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides NHS hospital and community services throughout East Sussex. It provides its services at the Conquest Hospital, on The Ridge, and Eastbourne District General Hospital, as well as community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Rye and Uckfield and a number of clinics and health centres, GP surgeries and in people’s homes.