Breast Cancer Now supporter Colin Plews has become well-known for his fundraising and his Big Pink Dress. In this blog, he shares how he's been preparing for the 2016 London Marathon.

Friday 11 March 2016      Guest blog
Big Pink Dress - running, laughing and dressing up to support Breast Cancer Now

Training troubles

With just two months to go until my second Virgin Money London Marathon, my training has been a bit of a stop-start, love-hate affair.

A few months ago, I suffered a tendon problem in my right ankle which is still giving me problems. Luckily my biomechanics coach knows of my fundraising and is truly doing all he can to help me make it round the 26.2 miles through London.

I won’t be breaking any world records this year that’s for sure, but for me it’s all about the awareness I can create on the day. If just one woman sees Big Pink Dress and Breast Cancer Now and it reminds her to check herself, every step will be worth it.

This month I attended the Breast Cancer Now Representative training and it truly opened my eyes to the problem of breast cancer and finding a cure. The fundraising we do is vital to help Breast Cancer Now reach their target of stopping deaths from breast cancer by 2050.

My acting debut

Around Christmas our local theatre comedy group the Laffalang Gang held a one night gig with local comedy legends. In just three hours of laughter we raised £1600 for Breast Cancer Now. It was so successful they asked me to appear in their next event, the Valentine Laffalang.

Being dyslexic the thought of acting terrified me, but I love a challenge and was ready to give it a go. I was given the lead role in a comedy sketch called 'Eliza'. I was to play an Edwardian virginal teenage daughter – typecast again!

When I appeared on stage I discovered just how well-known Big Pink Dress has become, the place erupted and I was completely taken a back.

It was an amazing night and it raised loads more for Breast Cancer Now, which was even better.

Fundraising for the future

Big Pink Dress Fundraising has so many new events coming up this year but one I’m really looking forward to is the Big Pink Fashion Show. With a walkway, lights, cameras, smoke machines and 15 volunteer guys are all prepared to don dresses in aid of Breast Cancer Now, it should be a fantastic event.

My passion for the charity is stronger than ever. Last year, on the exact day we reached £10,000, I had a phone call from my friend Marilyn Jones’ family to inform me she had lost her battle with breast cancer. Marilyn had supported me from day one and it truly broke my heart. I’d felt I’d achieved nothing – why did I bother to raise funds if I couldn’t help save her?

Well, I got my answer last week...

I received a message from a woman I’d never met who wanted to personally thank me for all I do for Breast Cancer Now. You see, she has just had a baby daughter a few months earlier and her family have the BRCA2 Gene. She continued to tell me by the time her daughter was 35 she may not need to live in fear of breast cancer because by 2050 there’s a chance no one will die from it.

It hit me right between the eyes - that’s why we do what we do. But we need to act now!

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