We’ve had some amazing news from the Suffolk Breast Cancer Now Group (formerly the Suffolk Breakthrough Breast Cancer group) – thanks to their fundraising efforts in organising walks, runs, cycle rides and auctions, they’ve now raised an astonishing total of £1 million for our life-saving work.
The group started as just five friends – Ollie Hatcher, Gina Long, Linda Grave, Helen Cook and Sally Balch – who came together when Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly, Sally passed away in 2004, and the group were devastated to lose their friend. But it made them more determined than ever to support Breast Cancer Now and raise money to help stop other women dying from the disease.
The amazing £1 million total is the culmination of the hard work of many people involved with the Suffolk Breast Cancer Now group. Sally’s sister, friends and other relatives organised the Group’s first Walk on the Wildside, an event which has since grown into several more including a Walk on the Riverside at Dedham Vale, a Walk on the Westside at Ickworth and a Walk on the Waterside at Alton Water.
They’ve also been behind large-scale events including Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Auction, organised by Gina Long in memory of legendary football manager Sir Bobby Robson, and Art For Cure, an outdoor art exhibition organised by Belinda Grey and Sally Ball.
The group celebrated reaching a million by cycling from London to Paris, ensuring they’re already on the way to raising their second million for Breast Cancer Now.
Ollie Hatcher said: "Sally continues to inspire us and our many amazing supporters who have, without doubt, contributed to making a huge difference in helping the scientists who work so hard each day to find a cure to this wretched disease that has taken too many lives.
"Every single one of us involved with the Suffolk Breast Cancer Now group sends our sincere heartfelt thanks for being part of helping to raise such a phenomenal amount of money, that has helped make a huge contributions towards ground breaking research, education and support."
And here at Breast Cancer Now we’d also like to thank their local community and everybody involved in supporting the fundraising efforts of the Suffolk Group – it’s a truly amazing achievement.
With the help of the Suffolk Breast Cancer Now Group and all our supporters, we will take a step closer to achieving our aim that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.
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