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Unsung hero Robin Bromilow co-ordinates the Knitted Knockers of Albany — helping breast cancer survivors by creating 100 per cent soft-cotton breast prosthesis. Knitted Knockers come in seven different sizes in both everyday wear and swimwear.

What is your role?

I’m the Albany branch co-ordinator, helped by my daughter who is the quality control officer. There is a certain standard the knockers must pass before we can give them away.

What do you do in your role?

I am available to any groups to come and tell people about Knitted Knockers, how it started, and about the care and use of both the Knitted Knockers and the Aqua Knockers. We go to any survivor — they just need to contact us, we do the rest.

How long have you been in your role?

We started the Albany branch three years ago. We put the word out to the woman in this area for knitters, we had about 140 contact us and have knitted knockers as volunteers. We still have their names on a register as we have quite a stock at present. So when we get low on a size, I just send the word out and we have volunteers immediately.

What do you enjoy most about it?

The look on our survivors when they start wearing their new knockers and see how comfortable they are.

Do you have a favourite memory?

My most favourite memory would have to be one time we were invited to meet a friend of one of our clients, she had a mastectomy more than 20 years ago and hadn't felt comfortable with the things she had been offered over the years. We encouraged her to try them. The next thing she was dancing around the kitchen singing "I feel like a woman again after all these years". She is still wearing them. I believe that with these people, their self-image is one of the hardest hurdles they have to deal with and if we can make it easier for them, I'm all for it.

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