Pals tickled pink with charity ball

Emma Davidson (left) and Sarah Eccles, at their Proud To Be Pink Ball held at the Imperial Hotel Pic: Courtesy of Tangerine Event Photography
Emma Davidson (left) and Sarah Eccles, at their Proud To Be Pink Ball held at the Imperial Hotel Pic: Courtesy of Tangerine Event Photography
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This pair of bosom buddies celebrated being in the pink by having a ball for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Although they already knew each other, the two mums became best friends after they were both diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sarah Eccles, from Poulton, but now living in Fulwood, was diagnosed last July, while 35-year-old Emma Davidson, also of Poulton, was diagnosed almost five years ago.

With much of their treatment now behind them, the pair – together with a small group of their closest friends – organised and hosted a glamorous Proud to Be Pink ball, at Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel.

Close to 300 guests attended the event, which included a glitzy Champagne reception, charity auction with The Nolans singer Linda Nolan – herself in remission from breast cancer and dancing to swing band, Smooth Chalk.

The ball raised more than £9,000 to be split between the Rosemere Cancer Foundation – which raising money to provide cancer patients in Lancashire, including the Fylde coast, with world-class care, Breast Cancer Campaign and the Willow Foundation – which funds special days for people aged under 40 with life threatening illnesses.

Sarah, 39, a senior manager at NHS North Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July last year, stage two invasive ductal carcinoma.

“Prior to any surgery I decided with my close friends I wanted a organise a charity ball.

“It gave me a focus throughout and it was like the light at the end of the tunnel; it also firmly flipped a negative on its head.

“Through the different treatment regimes, I was even more passionate because I felt like I’d taken from the system for nine months and this was an opportunity to give something back.

“My friend Emma, who lives in Poulton, had also been through breast cancer and all the associated treatments a few years earlier, she was just as keen to do something positive and we quickly formed our committee.

“We both chose to support Breast Cancer Campaign because we wanted a research charity to benefit – as without research we probably wouldn’t be here.

“I chose Rosemere because the Rosemere Cancer Centre was my second home for a while and I saw some of the little touches the charity funds and Emma chose Willow, as she benefited from a special day when she was going through treatment.

“Neither of us had ever organised an event like this before, so we’re thrilled it went so well.

“It was a real coup to have Linda Nolan leading the auction.

“Everyone had a great evening and we’re very grateful to all the guests and those who donated raffle and auction prizes for their generosity and for making the ball such a success.”