THESE two ladies are getting ready to have an absolute ball next month and raise money for a good cause.
Friends Ruth Boardman and Rena Shanahan – breast cancer survivors who set up their own fundraising group A Hint of Pink two years ago – have organised a special dinner dance, taking place at The Hilton Hotel, Blackpool, on November 10.
The pair estimate they have so far raised around £20,000 since they started their efforts.
They have helped buy vital equipment for Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s breast care unit and other parts of the hospital – including a chair for the mammography section, a comfort cushion for the Macmillan Unit and a special machine for the microbiology department at the hospital, as well as a whole host of other bits and pieces to make the breast care unit more homely, to help put patients at ease through a difficult and traumatic time.
Last year’s ball raised £7,500 and with more tickets sold this year – 312 people have bought their tickets already - the ladies hope to raise even more money.
They want to pay for a special scanning machine and a new machine for the microbiology department, which will help get results of tests back quicker.
Rena, who discovered she had breast cancer on her 65th birthday, four years ago, said: “Things with the fundraising have been absolutely wonderful.
“People have been so generous. It’s just overwhelming. Things have really blossomed.
“The feeling of seeing the fantastic breast cancer unit and the difference some of the things we have raised money for have made to patients, is something you can’t really put into words.
“There is that feeling of being elated to have been able to do it and of course, we know what a difference it can make to people.
“It’s a great feeling, but we feel we just really need to say thank you to everyone who has supported us.
“People have been wonderful, so many people have helped us and been so generous - we are truly grateful.”
Rena and Ruth – who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 – are now looking forward to the dinner dance, which will include a five course meal, drinks reception, raffle, auction and entertainment from Blackpool-based singing group Trident, who are performing for free.
Rena added: “We can’t wait, if it’s anything like last time, it’s going to be superb.
“We really enjoyed it last year and the support we had was fantastic.
“We have some great prizes for the raffle, local businesses have been generous and the Hilton has been wonderful too.
“We literally only have a few tickets left, so if people want them they need to snap them up fast.
“We can’t wait to see everyone.”
For the last few remaining tickets, call Rena on (01253) 896419.