Think pink

Pictured is Elsie Platt who is urging women to attend breast cancer screening
Pictured is Elsie Platt who is urging women to attend breast cancer screening
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LADIES across the Fylde coast are being urged to think pink during October, as a whole host of events take place for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies will be attending a mass lobby by members of Breakthrough Breast Cancer on October 18, in Westminster.

There will also be an awareness and fundraising day on October 29, to be held at Tesco, in Marton. A zumbathon is also being planned for October 30.

And Bispham resident Caroline Jewell, who has raised more than £16,000 for Breakthrough in memory of her mum, has organised a fancy dress Halloween fundraiser, on October 29, at the Wainwright Club, Hornby Road, from 7pm.

Local campaigner Ursula Van Mann (pictured inset) is heavily involved in many of the activities.

Ursula, from Lytham, who represents the national charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer said: “We have lots of activities planned for October. Breakthrough Breast Cancer is dedicated to improving and saving lives through finding the causes of breast cancer, enabling early detection, ensuring precise diagnosis, discovering new and better treatments and improving medical services.

“Breakthrough campaigns tirelessly on behalf of breast cancer patients at local, regional and national levels.

“Their scientists work closely with medical doctors to turn breakthroughs in the lab into real patient benefit as quickly as possible.”

Blackpool breast cancer patient Elsie Platt is also supporting the awareness month.

The grandmother-of-six, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June last year, and a group called Ladies Viewpoint, which she is a member of, has organised an event on October 31.

The event will take place at 7.30pm, at St Thomas Church, on Caunce Street, Blackpool, to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the breast care unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Elsie, who had to undergo intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as surgery, said: “We invite everyone to join us, to have fun, meet people, enjoy refreshments and meet Breakthrough’s representatives, and raise money for this worthy charity.

“This is very close to my heart and I want to put something back. I have had so much kindness and support, I will be forever grateful.

“During the evening, we will be having a table-top sale – primarily of pink items.

“We hope people will be kind enough to support us, by donating items or by attending the event.

“This last year has been very hard, for myself and for my family. I am not completely through this yet, but I have managed to stay positive.

“All the medical staff have been brilliant and so supportive of me and my family.”

Are you holding a fundraising event for Breast Awareness Month? Email emma.harris@blackpoolgazette.co.uk or write to: Emma Harris, Eve Supplement, Blackpool Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool Business Park, Blackpool, FY4 2DP.