Glasgow volunteer calls for help to beat breast cancer

Press release For immediate release: 26 April 2011 Press contact: Marilena Patuto, 020 7749 3720 mpatuto@breastcancercampaign.org Glasgow volunteer calls for help to beat breast cancer A generous volunteer who has helped raise money for breast cancer research is calling on people in her new hometown of Glasgow to join her in the fight against the disease. Emma Hardy, who moved to Glasgow last year, has been a volunteer for Breast Cancer Campaign for over four years. Having lost her maternal grandmother to breast cancer at a young age, Emma wanted to dedicate some of her free time raising money and awareness of the disease and so joined a volunteer group in the region of Manchester. In her four years as part of a volunteer group, Emma has helped organise and run popular fundraising events such as a Halloween midnight walk through the streets of Manchester and a pink party. She has also attended schools to accept cheques from children who have raised money for the charity and set up a stall at fetes and markets to sell charity merchandise and provide people with information about breast cancer. As well as learning new talents, Emma also joined the group to utilise the skills she already had and help the group in areas where they needed expertise. Emma helped produce leaflets, flyers and tickets for the events, and also helped promote the group online. Wanting to emulate the success of volunteer teams across the country, Emma is now calling on all enthusiastic people in the region to join a volunteer group in Glasgow and help her in the fight against breast cancer. Emma said: “The joy of volunteering is that you can devote as much time as you like and do something that you enjoy or are good at, and being part of a team makes the experience even more worthwhile. In the past four years my confidence has grown, I have met some truly amazing and inspirational people, and I have made some lifelong friends. “As well as losing my grandmother to breast cancer, a member of my family is a doctor who now works on researching the disease so it’s fantastic to see how fundraising in the area really makes a difference to helping people who are trying to find a cure. “It’s great to have people come up to you and tell you how wonderful the charity is and the work that you are doing. Breast cancer affects so many people - there is not a day that goes by without someone appreciating the work you do.” Lauren Basket, Breast Cancer Campaign’s Community Development Manager, said: “Our volunteer groups are vital to the charity’s work and we are so grateful that we have people such as Emma and dedicated regional teams that are eager to spend some of their free time working together to raise money for research into breast cancer.” For more information about joining Emma in starting a volunteer group in Glasgow email volunteer@breastcancercampaign.org or call 020 7749 3708. ENDS Notes to editors • Breast Cancer Campaign aims to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure. • Currently it supports 101 research projects, worth over £17.2 million, in 34 centres of excellence across the UK and Ireland • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers in women • In the UK, nearly 48,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year – that’s 125 a day • Visit www.breastcancercampaign.org • Read Chief Executive Pamela Goldberg’s blog http://pamelagoldbergblog.blogspot.com/

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