Whether you’re interested in fundraising for the first time, or you’ve already supported us, why not take it a step further and become a Breast Cancer Now £1,000 Challenger?

Dedicated to supporting ground-breaking research into secondary breast cancer, our £1,000 Challenge is one of our longest running and most loved fundraising events.

It’s thanks to our first pioneering £1,000 Challengers that we were able to open the UK’s first dedicated breast cancer research centre back in 1999. The Breast Cancer Now Toby Robins Research Centre has become a global leader in breast cancer research and continues to find answers to the toughest questions facing us today.

Now it’s your turn to be part of something life-changing. The money you raise now helps to fund our secondary breast cancer research taking place across the UK and Ireland. Secondary breast cancer – when the disease has spread to other parts of the body – kills nearly 1,000 UK women a month. Thanks to research, more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before, but progress like this wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and support of Breast Cancer Now’s fundraisers up and down the country who make this work possible.

We believe that if we all act now, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live. Our incredible £1,000 challengers are vital to making sure this happens.

Join the challenge

Need more information? Get in touch with us

If you'd like to be a Breast Cancer Now £1,000 Challenger, please call us on 0333 20 70 300 or email challenge@breastcancernow.org to register today for your free fundraising pack.

You can also request a free fundraising pack through this form.

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If you've already signed up to be a Breast Cancer Now £1,000 Challenger, maybe you could help inspire others?

Tell us why you've signed up and share your story by visiting our Facebook page or tweet us @breastcancernow.

What our £1,000 Challengers say


Following my mum's double mastectomy, we realised how difficult it was to find clothes on the high street that women can wear comfortably post-surgery. This is where my idea for holding a fundraising fashion show came from. I also wanted to challenge people's perceptions about women who have had breast cancer and highlight their incredible bravery and beauty; at this stage I asked my mum and three other women from my area to be models in the fashion show.

As a £1,000 challenger, I was nervous about reaching this target. But with the generosity of so many people we surpassed it!

Hannah, £1,000 Challenger

Ideas to reach your £1,000

You can raise the money any way you like – you can take part in one or two big events or lots of small ones. From coffee mornings to quiz nights, cake sales to bike rides, it’s completely up to you what you do and when you do it.

You can also set your own deadlines to raise £1,000 and all the money you raise is designated specifically to breast cancer research.

Need inspiration? Learn more about fundraising ideas and tips to help you reach your target.

Once you reach your target

Once you’ve reached your £1,000 Challenge you can nominate someone special to you whose name will appear on our Challenge Wall. You’ll also be invited to go on a tour with our scientists to hear all about where your money goes.

Here are some great photos of the unveiling of our 6th Challengers’ Wall

£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event
£1000 Challenger wall unveilling event

Read about the unveiling of our 6th Challengers' Wall.