Thurrock BRAS CIC (Baby feeding, Relaxation and Slings) is an organisation covering Thurrock and Basildon founded four years ago by Mandie Groves. They have trained breastfeeding peer supporters and a breastfeeding counsellor and offer online and face to face support for families. Pre-Covid the group met every Friday lunchtime term-time at Hardie Park.

Mandie recently decided to step down from her post and her grateful colleagues had a few words to say to acknowledge her amazing work.

Deb from BRAS said, ‘Mandie started this fantastic group after leaving the NHS because the need for feeding support was still very much in demand. It has grown over the years and helped so many families, myself included.

We will always be forever grateful for Mandie and the hours she put in to volunteering. The baton has been passed to Gemma, Annaliese and myself to carry on what Mandie started. I hope we can do her proud.  Keep an eye on the page to see what is going to be happening next.

Until then we wish Mandie all the best and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts for creating such a warm, welcoming and safe place. Mandie will be missed.’

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Contact details: Hardie Park Cafe, Hardie Road, Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. SS17 0PB Phone: Café direct – 07935 868835 Email: Twitter: Facebook: