Famous Fylde coast singer Bernie Nolan’s chosen charity, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, has set up a tribute fund in honour of her “wonderful spirit and selfless dedication” to its vital work.
Details about the Bernie Nolan Tribute Fund are included in the recently-released paperback edition of her biography, Now and Forever, which celebrates her extraordinary life and legacy.
As a treasured ambassador to the charity, Bernie selflessly and tirelessly championed Breakthrough’s TLC (Touch Look Check) campaign to raise breast awareness.
And, after being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer last year, she continued to urge people to support Breakthrough’s research to stop other women and their families from facing this devastating disease. Thousands lined the streets to show their respects to the 52-year-old, at her funeral in Blackpool, the town where the Nolan Sisters grew up, in July.
Chris Askew, chief executive of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said: “Bernie was a truly inspirational woman who became a cherished part of the Breakthrough family. Her spirit and determination spurred us all on and will continue to do so.
“It’s no exaggeration to say Bernie’s commitment to this cause and the exposure she gave it have already helped to save lives.
“The Bernie Nolan Tribute Fund will honour, and help continue, her inspirational work in the fight against breast cancer.”
A thousand women die from breast cancer each month in the UK.
All deaths from breast cancer are caused by secondary breast cancer (a form of the disease which develops once the cancer has returned and spread).
Steve Doneathy, Bernie’s husband, said: “It is incredibly hard for myself and our daughter Erin these days.
“However if Bernie’s wonderful spirit can be used to help in the future, that would bring some comfort to us.
“Bernie believed Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s research was crucial and it’s reassuring to think she is still in people’s thoughts, and making a difference to people’s experience with this terrible disease.”
To find out more or to donate to the Bernie Nolan Tribute Fund, go to www.breakthrough.org.uk/bernienolan