Portsmouth fundraisers hold pink night to beat breast cancer

Press release For immediate release: 13 October 2009 Press contact: Katie Power, 020 7749 3720 kpower@breastcancercampaign.org Portsmouth fundraisers hold pink night to beat breast cancer Two local fundraisers from Portsmouth raised over £1,000 for Breast Cancer Campaign last week by holding a pink evening in their local pub, all of which will help the charity continue funding vital breast cancer research. Nurse Helen Baker and friend Laura Simmons, who works at the local college, held the charity evening at the Lanyard Public House in North End, Portsmouth, on Friday 2 October. Over 150 people attended the event, which included sponsored waxing for the male guests, a ‘pinkest person’ competition, pink treats such as strawberries and cream and the chance to win a holiday to France in the raffle. The ladies also distributed charity collection tins to local shops to help raise extra funds. Helen was inspired to hold the event as a few close friends had been diagnosed with breast cancer in the past and she wanted to do something to help make a difference. Helen said “I feel that everyone I know has been affected by breast cancer in one way or another, so I wanted to raise money to help such an important cause. It was a great evening and everyone really enjoyed it, but what makes it all worthwhile is knowing we raised so much money to help Breast Cancer Campaign get a step closer to beating breast cancer.” So far the evening has raised £1,060, but Helen and Laura are hoping the final figure will reach £1,800. The money raised will help fund Campaign’s innovative world-class research, such as Professor Julia Addington-Hall’s project at the University of Southampton which aims to understand what side effects are experienced following treatment for breast cancer. These research findings are incredibly important as now people are living longer post-diagnosis there is a real need to ensure any side effects of treatments are understood so people have the best possible quality of life. 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 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 115 research projects, worth almost £16 million, in 44 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/ • Breast Cancer Campaign urges women to be breast aware this Breast Cancer Awareness Month and continue throughout the year as early detection can save lives. Follow the five-point code: know what is normal for you, look and feel, know what changes to look for, report any changes without delay and attend a breast screening if aged 50 or over. Women over 70 should contact their GP for a referral.

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