Eyes down for a fun time at Hounslow…House!

Hounslow Council is hosting a special breast screening awareness event for women with learning disabilities at Hounslow House on Friday, 3 November.

Published: Friday, 13th October 2023

Pearlie Queen of Fulham Gemma Blackie-Kelly (right) who will be appearing at Hounslow's Boobs & Bingo event, pictured with Pearlie Princess Maudie Blackie-Kelly.

Calling all bingo fans! It’s time you get your legs eleven down to Hounslow House for a seriously good time with a special health message.

On Friday, 3 November, the borough’s civic HQ is going glitz by hosting a bingo session aimed at raising awareness about breast cancer.

The session, entitled Boobs and Bingo, is aimed specifically at women in Hounslow with learning disabilities and their carers.

It will cover all aspects of breast care, the signs to look out for, information about breast screening programmes and who you can speak to if you have concerns.

Nationally, there is evidence that women with learning difficulties are not well-informed about breast cancers and the uptake of breast screening is low.

Boobs and Bingo has been designed exclusively with women in mind to ensure they have a safe space to talk freely with health professionals and breast care staff who will be on hand.

By mixing the health messages with some good old-fashioned fun, it is hoped that visitors will be able to take advantage of all the preventative measures, such as breast screening, that are on offer.

The event will include a fun and informal tea party with lots of bright pink balloons, plenty of tea and cake and the chance to meet new people and share experiences.

And if all that wasn’t enough to put a smile on your boat race, the whole event will be compered in fine style by the Pearlie Queen of Fulham.

Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Transformation, Councillor Samia Chaudhary said: “It’s so important that women in our borough take the right steps to protect themselves and stay healthy.

“This promises to be an unforgettable event where we will be joining together in the spirit of fun and friendship to chase away the spectre of breast cancer one bingo ball at a time!”

Boobs and Bingo will take place on the sixth floor of Hounslow House, staring at 2pm on Friday, 3 November.

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