FORGET 50 Shades of Grey...
Ladies on the Fylde coast are being invited to experience 50 Shades of Pink at a special event for breast cancer awareness month.
The fundraiser - organised by Thornton breast cancer survivor Tricia Hounslow - will take place at The Villa in Wrea Green and will include a three-course lunch, along with music, entertainment, cocktails and dancing. With October being breast cancer awareness month and Tricia working freelance for The Villa, doing marketing, she felt it was the perfect venue to host an event in aid of charity Breast Cancer care.
It’s four years since Tricia was diagnosed with the illness herself.
It was picked up after she underwent her very first mammogram after turning 50.
It was too deep for her to have found through self-examination, so Tricia now stresses to other women the importance of attending for their mammogram appointments.
She had to undergo a lumpectomy, as well as chemo and radiotherapy.
She said: “At first I was scared, of course. When you get that news, it’s a massive blow.
“I had a good career, everything was on course - and then out of the blue, that happened.
“I went to the breast cancer unit at Lancaster and was given the news - it was a horrible feeling, when the penny dropped.
“Suddenly, all those every day things, the things you worried about before - like doing the food shopping and so on - just pale into insignificance. I count myself as unlucky to have had cancer, but lucky in the fact I got through it. It makes you re-evaluate things - I was determined to stay positive. And now I tell all my friends and family about how important it is to self-check and to have your mammogram.
“It’s a few moments of being uncomfortable as opposed to the alternative - it doesn’t even compare.
“I did some fundraising in the past - for the cold caps for chemotherapy patients to help them keep their hair, at Rosemere.
“And I wanted to do something big - something to not only raise money, but for women to celebrate and have fun together, have a chat, have a laugh. It’s a serious subject of course, but I think it helps to be able to smile with friends.”
The 50 Shades of Pink luncheon will include a DJ and guest speaker Linda Wright will entertain diners with stories about internet dating.
There will be a raffle and auction too.
During the week leading up the event, The Villa will be donating all morning coffee revenue and a percentage from afternoon teas to the fundraising course.
Tricia added: “There will be a pink theme, so ladies can wear pink if they like and the room will be decorated in pink. I want it to be a chance for ladies to get together with the girls, chill out, have a good chat, have an afternoon off from cooking Sunday dinner - and help a good cause at the same time.”
The event takes place on Sunday, October 28, from noon and costs £30 per person or £275 for a table of 10.
For details call 01772 804040 or log on to website www.thevilla.co.uk