Local school girls saddle up for charity challenge

Press release For immediate release: 22 September 2009 Press contact: Katie Power, 020 7749 3720 kpower@breastcancercampaign.org Local school girls saddle up for charity challenge Two local school girls from Grasby got into the saddle this month and raised over £300 in support of Breast Cancer Campaign by taking part in a sponsored tandem bike ride. Best friends Emma Laycock and Megan Vessey, both 12-years-old, took part in their 10.5 mile sponsored ride from Grasby to Barnetby on 5 September. They successfully completed the journey in just 90 minutes. Emma and Megan decided to take on the charity bike ride after Emma’s aunty, Jenny, died of breast cancer earlier this year. Both girls have tried to help the family as much as possible by looking after Jenny’s five year old daughter, Jessica, during the summer but decided they wanted to take on a bigger challenge to help the 46,000 people that are diagnosed with breast cancer each year while raising money in Jenny’s memory. The girls often use Emma’s tandem bike, so decided a sponsored bike ride was the perfect way to raise money in support of Breast Cancer Campaign. All the money raised will help the charity beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research. Emma said “Megan and I are really pleased with how much we managed to raise for Breast Cancer Campaign and want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported us. We told my aunty before she died that we would be taking on the sponsored bike ride for her and I know she’d be really proud of us.” Both girls plan to continue raising money for the charity and will be holding a stall at two local craft fairs in November to sell their homemade patchwork cushions, bags, teddy bears and cards in support of the charity. Anyone can hold a fundraising event for Campaign, no matter how large or small. For more information please call 020 7749 3700 or email Angela Kelly at akelly@breastcancercampaign.org ENDS Picture caption: Emma and Megan on their sponsored bike ride 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 £14.1 million, in 41 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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