Sue Harvey and her cousin Elizabeth Manford have a special reason for organising a breast cancer fund-raising event.
They have both experienced the condition and the treatment, emotions and experiences it brings, first-hand.
Sue has arranged a Wear It Pink girls’ night, in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign, to be held at Blackpool Park Golf Club, 7pm start, on Friday, October 24.
Her family and friends, including Elizabeth, have all rallied round to help.
Sue, who lives near Stanley Park in Blackpool, said: “It’s going to be a great, fun evening with entertainment from DJ Ian Calvert and comedian Clive Cooper, a raffle, a photo-booth, a buffet.
“I’ve been going to the golf club since I was about three, with my parents, so it seemed natural for it to be the venue.
“I want to raise as much money as possible for the Breast Cancer Campaign.”
Mum-of-two Sue, 48, was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2013. She had to undergo a double mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and then radiotherapy.
She went to her doctor after finding a lump in her breast.
Sue had been having regular mammograms, due to her family history. Two of her cousins were diagnosed with breast cancer and she lost her mum to ovarian cancer.
She said: “When I found the lump, I didn’t panic, but after few days it was still there, so I went to the GP.
“I was fast-tracked because of my family history, but I didn’t think it would be anything. Once they started doing a biopsy though, I knew really. I got my diagnosis on my son’s birthday.”
Sue says her family and friends helped her through her treatment.
“My family and friends have been amazing, so supportive. My friends would come to chemo with me and we would have everyone in hysterics.
“I don’t really do doom and gloom. I feel like you just have to get on with it – and having a laugh can help. The nurses at the breast care unit were fantastic. I decided to arrange a fund-raising event to put something back.”
Elizabeth, from Normoss, was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 36.
The 43-year-old said: “People tend to think it doesn’t happen to younger women, but it can. We both want to get the message out to women to check themselves, but particularly younger women.
“And if they’re not happy with the response from their doctor, be persistent – you know your body and you know if something doesn’t feel right.
“When you’re diagnosed, you think all sorts, but the nurses are wonderful.”
Sue added: “It’s a Wear It Pink event, so we would love it if people could wear or bring a pink item. We will have some items, like pink feather boas, they can borrow on the night for a donation too. We’d like as many girls and women to come along as possible, for a fun night, for a good cause.”
For tickets, call Sue on 0777 9657528 or visit www.facebook.com/boogiefor.boobs24