PUBLISHED ON: 17 November 2016

Thanks to you, our wonderfully wacky supporters, Breast Cancer Now’s first year has been truly memorable. It’s only because you go above and beyond in everything you do that we’re able to fund cutting-edge research into breast cancer, right across the UK.

From big pink dresses to pink kilts, skydives, flowers and even a proposal… we wouldn’t be here without your wildly creative fundraising antics. To celebrate how amazing you all are, we’ve pulled together a few of our favourite fundraising moments from the past year.

Did you know…

London marathon proposal

…our fundraisers sparked a man-hunt?


Mystery marathon couple Adam Ruddick and Rachel Newell were snapped mid-proposal, just after the London Marathon finish line.

The internet soon launched a mass man-hunt to reunite the loved-up pair with their engagement photos.

After more than 5,000 tweets, it ended happily ever after. But one vital question remains… are we invited to the wedding?!

The story even made the news!


Little Pink Dress and Big Pink Dress


…supporters come in all shapes and sizes?


Big Pink Dress, aka Colin Plews, is a well-known figure on the Breast Cancer Now fundraising scene.

But did you know there’s also a Little Pink Dress? When five year-old Ruby Caulfield saw Colin’s dress, she asked for one her own – and Little Pink Dress was born!

The pink pair took part in the Mini Great North Run in September 2015, and were even interviewed by the BBC.

Read more about Colin's fundraising in his guest blog.

 Breast Cancer Now Chief Executive, Baroness Delyth Morgan; John Honey and Dawn Huggins, CEO Project Manager at Breast Cancer Now.


...the oldest person to jump out of a plane for Breast Cancer Now was 75?


When Chelsea Pensioner John Honey decided to skydive for Breast Cancer Now, not only did he prove once and for all that age really is no barrier, but he even said what we were all thinking:

“I can bend my legs, that’s all you need to be able to do!”

I think we’ll leave the leg-bending and skydiving to John.

Read the full story in our blog.

Lawrence Cowan wearing his pink kilt at 10 Downing Street

…kilts come in pink?


Our amazing supporters are out there collecting, whatever the weather.

And the dreary British Autumn drizzle didn’t stop Fife’s Lawrence Cowan from cracking out his pink-tastic kilt for the whole month of October.

We didn’t ask what he wore underneath… seeing those pasty pins was quite enough! Just kidding, Lawrence!

You can even follow Lawrence's fundraising antics on Twitter using #pinkkilt.


Nicki Chapman and the Time to Live rose


...Breast Cancer Now has its own rose?

After deciding the existing varieties of rose just weren’t pink enough, The Sutton Coldfield Group decided to create their own rose in memory of Group member Aileen Dinnes.

The stunning Time to Live rose was launched at the National Plant Show in June 2015 and for every single rose that’s sold, £1 is donated to Breast Cancer Now.

Read more about the Time to Live rose and find out how you can buy your own.


Southampton FC Breast Cancer Now footballer



...we’ve been worn by the Saints?

Veho, official sponsors of Southampton FC, created Breast Cancer Now shirts for the team during a match last November.

Even their opponents – Leicester City FC – got in on the action, donning pink warm-up shirts before the match.

Our logo was splashed all over the big screen and our CEO, Delyth Morgan, ventured pitch-side to tell supporters why we so badly need their help.

Jack Conway’s possible to walk six miles, in high heels, while bouncing a tennis ball on a racket and eating a super-spicy chilli every mile?



Spice-loving supporter Jack Conway proved that it’s not only possible, but you can also raise a fiery amount of money while doing it!


Jack made it to the end of his unique fundraising challenge in one piece, but unfortunately we can’t say the same about the heels...




Get involved

If you can think of anything wackier, have your own weird fundraising photos you want to share, or have been inspired to take on something even wilder, please email us at or tweet us at @breastcancernow