Hertfordshire Breast Cancer Now Group
Gathering the local community is a great way to fundraise for Breast Cancer Now by encapsulating the enthusiasm of friends and family. One such success story recently took place in Hertfordshire. Sue Barrow of our Hertfordshire Breast Cancer Now Group hosted a fantastic afternoon tea party to mark the launch of their group.
The Hertfordshire Breast Cancer Now Group was founded in memory of one of Sue’s work colleagues, Mary Clennett, who died from breast cancer aged 43.
The tea party, held at Sue’s home in Potters Bar, tempted in over 45 people and despite the rain chasing the party indoors, it failed to dampen the high spirits of the group. Tea and cake continued to flow, raising an incredible £2,000 through their tantalising spread of treats.
They are now spring boarding from this success to organising the bigger and the bolder. Next on the agenda for the Hertfordshire Breast Cancer Now Group is to stride out together on a sponsored walk… watch this space!
"I have been involved with various fund raising activities with Breakthrough Breast Cancer (now Breast Cancer Now) for some years, such as the 60 km walk, the Moon Walk and a Calendar Girls calendar which was organised with my friends in France."
"However, breast cancer was now starting to impact on me closer to home with friends and colleagues being diagnosed and when Mary died, I decided that I had to do more to stop other women dying from this terrible disease. Mary was young, vivacious and full of life with two small children who will now grow up without their mother.
"I contacted the charity to see what I could do and once I became involved with the team at HQ, I was hooked. The support and encouragement I received from everyone at the charity was amazing so it was obvious that I would stay with them when the merger happened. I started to plan my first event and was persuaded to start small - really good advice! I had the help of two of my friends who had recently been through their treatment, and were now fit, well and raring to go.
"Our 'Tea and Cakes event' was a great success and everyone enjoyed themselves; everyone gave so generously. I also used the occasion to suggest what the next event might be - maybe a sponsored walk with a difference, which another group told me about at the Breast Cancer Now launch (thank you, Katie). It was well received. This type of event will enable me to enlarge my circle of donations which is so important, so from now on, it's onwards and upwards!"
The Oaks Golf Club, Carshalton
Capitalising on local sporting events is an amazing way to raise funds and to gather the local community. Christine Nichols held a golfing event on a spectacular summer’s day in June at The Oaks Golf Club, Carshalton and raised an incredible £2,060.
Inspired by the bravery of her fellow club members, Christine started raising money to progress research into breast cancer as Lady Captain a few years ago and hasn’t stopped since.
By writing to other local golf clubs in the area The Oaks Golf Club secured outside support who donated prizes, enthusiasm and supporters.
The day featured a variety of fundraising events and catered to all interests; the competitive by holding a putting and a 'beat the pro' competition, the chancers by holding a raffle and community spirit in running a sponsorship per hole and entry charge.
Thanks to the community of Carshalton and their competitive efforts, Christine’s fundraising has supplied our researchers with the resources to sequence the entire genetic code of a human genome. This could enable our researchers and scientists to identify the exact genes that encourage breast cancer tissue to form, grow and spread- then work out how to stop it.
"Organising the day was hard work, but the generosity of everyone who took part made it all worthwhile. It was fantastic to see everyone dressed up in pink, enjoying the day and of course raising much needed funds for breast cancer research."
The day was an incredible success for both The Oaks Golf Club and for the research efforts funded by Breast Cancer Now.
Holding a Christmas stall
On Saturday 12 December supporter Patricia will be running her first fundraising event for Breast Cancer Now by taking a stall at Leominster’s Christmas Victorian Market.
Like so many of our supporters, unfortunately Patricia has a personal connection with breast cancer, following her daughter’s diagnosis three years ago. Luckily, following months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Patricia’s daughter is doing well and recovering from her treatment.
“The event is a lovely old street market with approximately 100 stalls through the streets of the small Herefordshire market town of Leominster. “There will be carols, musicians, food and drink stalls with plenty of Christmas fayre, and it’s a really lovely atmosphere and a great day out for the family.
“We are selling mainly Comfort Cushions which we have made for post-op patients - but they make great cuddly protection for anything aching!
“We are also selling jams, chutneys, mince pies, Christmas decorations... and anything else we can get our hands on! We hope to raise around £200 depending on weather and turn out.”
Patricia is also keen to encourage others to get involved in community fundraising for Breast Cancer Now:
“There are lots of Christmas Markets around the UK, so why not ask for information and apply, and then get in touch with Breast Cancer Now for a free fundraising pack and see how much you can raise whilst getting into the Christmas spirit?
“Even though the weather may be cold - it will warm your heart.”
If you’re thinking about holding your own fundraising event for Breast Cancer Now follow Patricia’s lead and organise an event based around a theme or hobby - we want you to have fun fundraising!