Providing assistance for breast cancer patients was at the top of the agenda when Macclesfield MP, David Rutley, met with Health Minister, Maria Caulfield. They were also able to discuss an innovative, locally-designed underwear range for those who have had a mastectomy.
The Skarlette range is inspired and co-founded by local practising nurse, Heather Glover, and her business partner, Kate Maurice. Heather, a double mastectomy survivor and Prevent Breast Cancer charity ambassador, was motivated from her own experiences to design the new range of underwear so breast cancer survivors could choose not to use prosthetics, helping them to feel empowered, comfortable and confident following surgery.
Since its launch earlier this year, the company has gone from strength to strength, now shipping over 40 per cent of its orders to customers overseas. It has also been nominated in the Enterprise Vision Awards, one of the premier business awards in the North West. David shared this remarkable success with the Minister, who was pleased and encouraged to learn that Skarlette is making a positive difference to the lives of many women worldwide.
David and the Minister discussed how cancer diagnosis and treatment must continue to be a priority as we move forward through the pandemic, and Ms Caulfield confirmed that protecting these vital services is a clear Government focus. Thanks to the dedication of NHS staff, over 810,000 people received cancer treatment since the start of the pandemic, with 3.3 million urgent referrals made, with an extra £1 billion made available to support the recovery of elective activity, including cancer services.
Speaking after his meeting, David said, “Heather has long been an inspiration locally and, thanks to the Skarlette range, that now extends to women around the world. The products she and Kate have designed fulfil a real need, and support both physical and mental wellbeing for breast cancer survivors. I wish Heather and Kate continued success as they look to expand and develop the range in the months ahead.”