Isle of Pink supporters honoured at breast cancer charity awards

Press release For immediate release: 10 October 2010 Press contact: Press office, 020 7749 4122 fgolding@breastcancercampaign.org Isle of Pink supporters honoured at breast cancer charity awards Breast Cancer Campaign held an awards reception last night (9 November) to thank its Isle of Pink fundraisers, volunteers and supporters for their contributions towards the month-long fundraising initiative. Awards were presented for Isle of Pink Volunteer of the Year and Isle of Pink Supporter of the Year to recognise those who had made a significant difference to the success of this year’s initiative, which hopes to raise £30,000 to help fund vital breast cancer research. Julie Cocker, from Newport, was awarded Isle of Pink Volunteer of the Year after joining the charity’s group of volunteers, Team Pink. Julie became the star fundraiser, raising the most at all the collections she carried out and working hard to encourage her friends and family to join Team Pink to support the initiative. The Seaview Wildlife Encounter’s creative way of raising awareness of the initiative secured them the Isle of Pink Supporter of the Year award. They wholly embraced the pink spirit with decorations, outfits and even hairstyles and involved all staff members in the fundraising. This even included some non-staff associates – local star Dippy the penguin and his girlfriends! Dippy’s girlfriends wore pink bikinis and featured in his blog and Facebook Page, raising awareness of the Isle of Pink amongst Dippy’s thousands of fans across the Island. Colin Norford, Breast Cancer Campaign Head of Community Fundraising, said “We wanted this year’s Isle of Pink to be the biggest one yet and thanks to all our volunteers, fundraisers and supporters it has been. We have received such fantastic support from companies, groups, schools, and individuals across the Island this year enabling us to raise a huge amount of money to help beat breast cancer.” ENDS Photos: (1) Julie Cocker, Isle of Pink Volunteer of the Year (2) Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Isle of Pink Supporter of the Year (L- Jules Brittan, R- Lorraine Adams) Notes to editors • The Isle of Pink is an annual initiative where the charity aims to turn the whole island as pink as possible. It’s backed by the Isle of Wight Council. • 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 99 research projects, worth almost £17.1 million, in 38 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 46,000 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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