Jules Peters joins line up of stars to make a statement and speak out against breast cancer in a bid to raise money for vital research.
Welsh rock star Jules Peters, along with Emeli Sande, Tallia Storm, Gaby Roslin, Jacquie Beltrao and Donna Fraser have joined forces to support Breast Cancer Now for its annual fashion campaign, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, which raises money for the charity’s vital breast cancer research.
For over 20 years Fashion Targets Breast Cancer has been working with some of the biggest names in British fashion to actively speak up and stand in solidarity against this devastating disease. Jules Peters joins five famous faces in ‘making a statement’ and speaking up against breast cancer, the most common cancer in the UK, to show their support for Breast Cancer Now and the research the charity funds. All six women have a personal connection to the cause, having either had a breast cancer diagnosis themselves or seen someone close to them experience the disease.
Breast Cancer Now is urging men and women across the UK to follow in the celebrity’s footsteps, to make their own statement – a statement in defiance directly to breast cancer, a message of hope for the future or in memory of a loved one, or a call for others to join the movement, using the hashtag #MakeAStatement.
Jules Peters of Welsh rock band The Alarm received a breast cancer diagnosis after finding a lump in her breast in the summer of 2016. Following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Jules is now doing well and has made it her mission to empower other women going through the disease, using her story to give them hope.
Jules Peters said:
Having been through breast cancer myself, I am incredibly passionate about raising awareness of the disease, and sharing my experiences to help other women who are having to face a diagnosis like I did. I want my story to give hope and strength to all women going through breast cancer, at what can be very scary time. We must put a stop to this dreadful disease, and the only way to do so is to keep funding vital research.”
Also, showing their support and making their statements are singer Emeli Sande, who lost a friend to breast cancer; Sky News Presenter Jacquie Beltrao, who diagnosed with breast cancer on Christmas Eve 2013; Singer Tallia Storm whose mother Tessa Hartmann was diagnosed with breast cancer last year; TV and Radio presenter Gaby Roslin who has lost female friends to the disease and four-time Olympian Donna Fraser who was diagnosed in 2009.
Earlier this Spring, Breast Cancer Now presented its 22nd Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign, which has raised over £15 million for breast cancer research since its launch in 1996. The campaign for this year, ‘Make A Statement’, sees M&S, Debenhams, River Island and Simply Be each selling an exclusive statement collection in-store and online for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer until mid-May. A minimum of 30% of the purchase price of each item in the collections will be donated to Breast Cancer Now.
Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, dedicated to funding research to improve the way breast cancer can be prevented, detected, treated and stopped. Research holds the key to a world where everyone who develops breast cancer lives, and the charity is currently funding nearly £24 million of cutting edge research, supporting 450 of the brightest scientists to make the discoveries needed to stop women dying from breast cancer.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Now, said:
Research has made incredible progress over the last 20 years, but despite all we’ve achieved, women are still dying from breast cancer and they’re dying on a heart-breaking scale. More women are also still being diagnosed with breast cancer than ever before. Every day, around 150 people in the UK hear the devastating words “it’s breast cancer”.
Breast cancer touches the lives of millions of us in the UK. For every woman or man who develops breast cancer, there are families, friends and loved ones who also feel the fear and uncertainty the disease brings. Never has our work been more needed and that’s why we’re encouraging everyone to join the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer movement and speak out against breast cancer – with your support we can make a real difference.”
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