Lisa and her children

Lisa shares her wear it pink story

Our lovely wear it pinker Lisa shares her wear it pink story with us – everything from starting off small, bringing it to the work place and what drives her to do something so amazing.

In July 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my whole world came tumbling down. I had convinced myself that these things happen to other people, not me. How was I going to cope and continue to have a normal life? How was I going to break the news to my family? Telling my two young children was the worst thing I’ve ever had to do.

I underwent a lumpectomy after advice from my consultant that he was confident he could get it all. We were hoping that this would be the full extent of my treatment and hopefully I would return to my happy, normal life after that. However it was found that the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes, so a second operation was necessary to remove these from my right underarm. I received chemotherapy, where I lost my hair and have never felt so ill in my life. Following this, I went on to have five weeks of radiotherapy and although not quite as severe as chemo, it still had its symptoms.

I survived this treatment. But I was lucky to come out the other end.

Regaining my strength

Our whole family were relieved, happy and elated that all treatment had finished and now I could concentrate building my strength and energy levels up – by now it was April 2014. I was treated so well by my family, friends and healthcare professionals; the doctors pulled out every stop in my frequent check-ups to help me regain my strength.

It was then that I decided I would like to give something back and started to look into cancer charities, especially breast cancer ones.

The first event I took part in was Dry January in 2014 while still undergoing chemotherapy, then in June that same year I ran the Race for Life in Lancaster with a group of friends and family. We named ourselves the ‘Barrow Boobylicious’!

My first wear it pink

After that I decided to host my first wear it pink party. I did this at home and it was a very successful evening; raising about £300. I prepared sandwiches, cakes, bought raffle prizes and we played a few games. I didn’t charge a certain amount for anything, asking for a donation was enough. In my experience I’ve found that people tend to give more if you don’t put a price on things. In the summers of 2015 and 2016 our Barrow Boobylicious team got together again and decided to have a go at the Pretty Muddy challenge in Preston.

And last year I decided to do the wear it pink day again, but this time I wanted to expand the event and try something new. As I work as a lunch time supervisor in a primary school I asked if we could create an event day there.

wearing it pink at school

We organised that the children could come to school wearing something pink with a donation. In the playground we got pink crepe paper and decorated all the trees with ribbons to really make the day special. We held a ‘Danceathon’ for each class and there were card tiaras that the children could decorate. At the end of the day they could bring another donation and buy some cakes. All the children loved the day and it raised over £450.

Since then, in December 2016, I have been diagnosed with incurable secondary breast cancer in my liver. I’m now on chemotherapy tablets and my family and I are coming to terms with the news.

But I’ve asked myself in the face of this devastating news: what am I going do? Well, this year I’m hoping to get our Barrow Boobylicious team together for another Pretty Muddy race and I definitely want to do another wear it pink event – even bigger and more exciting than before! So I’d best get my thinking cap on, hadn’t I?


It’s thanks to our amazingly brave supporters like Lisa that we can continue to wear it pink for breast cancer research. If you’d like to join Lisa and thousands of others and wear it pink this year, please contact us.

Students at La Fontaine Academy wearing pink

At our school, we wear it pink to make an IMPACT!

Lizzie, a student at La Fontaine Primary Academy, tells us why taking part in wear it pink is so important to her school and how their hard work each year makes such an IMPACT!

Why do you wear it pink at school?

At La Fontaine Academy wear it pink is something we do every year. We get excited about it weeks in advance and talk about it weeks afterwards! It’s part of who we are.

Our pink day is something which is relevant to all of us. Pink day is actually quite a special day not only because it is a day during which we raise awareness about breast cancer, but also because it actually helps raise thousands for Breast Cancer Now. It’s also a day when you see your friends smile and how creative they can be! Lots of pink wigs, pink costumes and pink glasses.

Our school is about IMPACT and raising money in such a fun way helps us feel good about ourselves.

What’s your favourite part of the day?

The best part of the day was seeing everyone come and be so creative. It was also about seeing the amount of respect everyone has towards people suffering from cancer. Wear it pink day isn’t just a day for us to have fun, it is a day for us to reflect on how we can beat cancer.

Are you excited for this year?

Wear it pink day might be one of your most amazing and memorable days in your life: IT’S A DAY FOR CHAMPIONS!


If you’re inspired to wear it pink in support of breast cancer research at school, work or at home, we’d love to hear from you. Just email wearitpink@breastcancernow.org and we’ll be in touch soon.

Teresa, Carmel and Clare

A letter from Carmel

Long-time Breast Cancer Now supporter, Carmel, looks back on last year’s wear it pink day and gives her advice on holding a fundraising event in your office.

Dear Lovely People,

This will be my ninth year taking part in wear it pink, which has made me feel a bit nostalgic about my time fundraising for Breast Cancer Now. This is why I wanted to write to you – the annual pinkers, the second time returners or the first time-triers. It’s so important that we throw on our pink glad rags, not only because of the great cause but also because it’s such a fun way to do it!

So why do I wear it pink?

There are too many reasons to list. If I had to choose one, it’s knowing that all my hard work and efforts could bring happiness to even one family, could raise enough to make even the smallest difference to just one person’s life, or simply put a smile on someone’s face. Of course I’m also doing it for those people I love who have been taken away from us because of cancer. When you lose someone close to you, the hurt never goes away and you never stop feeling angry with this terrible disease. But my anger makes me determined to raise more and more money so that one day maybe, just maybe, there will be a cure.

My team and I really look forward each year to making our wear it pink day even bigger and better than the previous one. We’re always looking for new ideas and games that we can set up in the office to raise lots more money and beat the year before’s target. Holding our wear it pink day at work is brilliant as I can share the planning with two of my colleagues and friends, Teresa and Clare, and bring everyone in the office together. I’m truly grateful to everyone there for taking part each year.

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Last year’s pink bake sale

wear it pink is all about having fun.

Here’s just a few of the games we have invented: The Grand Pink Raffle, the Pink Tombola, Ping Pong Bra, Strike it lucky, Win Millions, Guess how many sweeties are in the jar, Guess teddy’s name and so many more! I make sure to organise some amazing prizes that are donated by my suppliers every year, and most of our money is made from our Grand Pink Raffle. All other prizes I purchase and donate myself – it’s my contribution to the day.

We also have a bake sale where my colleagues will bake pink treats and we sell them for a donation during the day – they’re also handy as a tasty bribe to persuade other offices to buy our raffle tickets! Even though we are on our feet all day and still doing our daily job, it’s every bit worth the stress and hard work.

And what would wear it pink be without amazing decorations and fancy dress? We decorate the office with balloons and posters before the event, and then really cover the place in pink on the day. We get in at 8am on the day and the fun does not stop till 6pm! Everyone gets involved and it’s a great atmosphere to be in. The day is complete when we offer the prize for the ‘Best Dressed Pinkie’. Let just say it’s an atmosphere full of happy faces and a lot of pink!

My advice

I am very much looking forward to taking part in wear it pink again this year. I’m looking to make it even pinker – and of course we aim to beat last year’s total!

Everyone should do it. If I had to give advice to a new wear it pinker, I would suggest you start small and grow your event a little every year. Any money made is a result and goes towards all the good things Breast Cancer Now does. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have fun while you’re doing it!

Lots of love,

Carmel


You can find out more about wear it pink on our about page. If you’d like to take part in 2017, please contact us and we’ll get back to you soon with details of how to get involved.

Barnet B.R.A.S in action at their wear it pink day

Introducing the Barnet B.R.A.S

Bronwen, Rachael, Angie-may and Sophie talk us through how their wear it pink days are going from strength to strength.

Oh, how fast the year has flown by! It seems like only yesterday we held our third wear it pink fundraising bake off and raised a grand total of £1,877.00 for Breast Cancer Now.

Again, sticking to our pledge to make each bake off bigger and better, this year we threw down the gauntlet once more.  We challenged ourselves and all those behind us to put the money where it really counts.

The ‘pre-bake off’

Like all of our bake offs in the past, the preparation starts long before the actual event. Of course this year, we had the extra pressure of how we were going to beat our rather impressive total of last year’s bake off. It would be no easy feat. Could we do it? Would we do it? Even we didn’t know how we could raise more money!

This year we really went to town, even branding ourselves the Barnet B.R.A.S after our initials (Bronwen, Rachael, Angie-may and Sophie). This meant not only did we decide to make invitations, collect gifts, buy ingredients, bake countless cakes, decorate and sell them, but one of us had to stay up all night printing aprons. Hats off to Sophie, she did a fabulous job!

Barnet B.R.A.S in action at their wear it pink day

Photo by Diego Bonfanti of DB Portraits

Preparation really is the key, so we got to work setting up our JustGiving page for people to donate online if they couldn’t make the event. This year we also set up a Facebook page, which allowed us to post photographs of all the local business owners who kindly donated gifts for our raffle prizes. We could also update everyone on how much we had raised so far.

All the gifts and cake boxes had been collected from local businesses, which was a great start. Next, to bake! There wasn’t a clear work surface left in any of our kitchens and the bags of sugar, self-raising flour, eggs, and tubs of butter, cream, and icing sugar stretched as far as the eye could see. The air was filled with the sweet aroma of vanilla essence, and the sound of mixers could be heard throughout our neighbourhood.

The big day

Finally on the morning of November 11th, in a seriously pink kitchen, wearing seriously pink aprons adorned with our new logo, we opened the doors on our fourth annual bake off. As usual, the locals didn’t disappoint, they arrived in their droves to support us: to buy cake; drink tea; eat cookies; and catch up with their friends, all while donating to this very worthy cause. We were so pleased to see that our crowd had grown this year, due to word of mouth and quite possibly the tastiest cakes in Barnet.

Barnet B.R.A.S and the crowds at the their wear it pink day

Photo by Diego Bonfanti of DB Portraits

We held a raffle with fabulous prizes including reflexology sessions, restaurant & smoothie vouchers, breakfast for two, luxury candles, manicures, toys and the list goes on and on. Our sweepstake, in which you could win a wonderful prize of a selection of pink baking goods and a bottle of pink bubbles, how apt… Also back by popular demand our “guess the number of corks”, where you guess how many corks are in the bowl to win a fitting prize.

Barnet B.R.A.S amazing raffle prizes for their wear it pink day

Photo by Diego Bonfanti of DB Portraits

As people mingled with friends and family, the whole event was beautifully captured by our wonderful professional photographer Diego Bonfanti who generously donated his time, and what a truly wonderful job he did.

The best bits

It was a truly amazing morning and everyone involved had a great deal of fun. As it’s not often you get to spend time with that many friends all at once, while doing something so beneficial for a lot of people. After two hours of serving and boxing up cakes, making teas and coffees and drawing raffle tickets, it’s always a surprise that the whole thing has ended so quickly. Another year, another successful bake off over. As the last people left, carrying an abundance of cake boxes in different sizes under their arms, we closed the door on bake off number four and collapsed into our chairs for a well-earned cup of tea!

“What was the total?” – the question on everyone’s lips

Well, with aprons off, we had to get counting. The total raised on the day itself was an impressive £914.00! Of course, this was not quite the dizzy heights of the year before. but didn’t include any of the online donation or the donations from the local schools who got right behind the cause. We were nothing short of ecstatic when we realised that not only had we broken last year’s total, it is safe to say we smashed it!

Yes, we raised a fabulous grand total of £3,122.64.

We did not act alone

Once again, it goes without saying that we would like to extend our thanks to all the local businesses who donate fabulous gifts year after year to help us out. The wonderful people of Barnet and those beyond, who donated through just giving, Foulds local pre-school, Foulds school staff, Dwight School London and The Holmewood School. This really is a joint effort and we couldn’t do it without them.

Barnet B.R.A.S' little helpers at Holmewood School showing off their baked goods

Barnet B.R.A.S’ little helpers at Holmewood School showing off their baked goods

As for the Barnet B.R.A.S, we will endeavour to keep wearing it pink year after year and will honour our pledge to go bigger and better each year.  As for the total for next years bake off; just like that flour we put into our cakes we hope it keeps on rising….

Watch this space!

Bronwen, Rachael, Angie-may and Sophie

If you want to find out more about the lead up to and the events of our wear it pink day, visit our Facebook page at Barnet bras or go to our JustGiving page (it’s never too late to donate!).

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Our World Record breaking wear it pink supporters

Karen Hayward and Sarah Lane owners of Hayward Lane salon in Bedford decided they wanted to do something world record breaking for wear it pink in memory of Karen’s mum Maureen. Salon Manager, Emma, shares their wear it pink story with us.

Why we wear it pink

Karen’s precious mum Maureen sadly lost her battle against breast cancer in August 2006.

Maureen, Karen's mum

Maureen, Karen’s mum, who sadly passed away in August 2006

Both Sarah’s mum and my Nan had mastectomys as a result of breast cancer and as a team we felt it was time we did something for the charity. We held our 1st wear it pink day in October 2006 and have held them every year since.

There have been lots of different themes and lots of pink. We really do go all out!!

In 2010 we decided to get naked and do a calendar – we raised over £2,500 for breast cancer research (for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, one of the legacy charities of Breast Cancer Now). The calendar was a huge hit!

10 is our lucky number

It was our 10th wear it pink day this year and after considerable thought I came up with a great idea – let’s try and beat a world record. Specifically the World Record for most hair curled in an hour! The record was previously awarded to a group who took on the challenge in September in Romania. We had to beat 106 heads curled…

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It was a huge challenge but the team loved the idea and on the 21st October we did it, curling 121 heads in 1 hour. We were chuffed to bits.

Not only that, we also raised an incredible £2,070 for Breast Cancer Now!!! A huge achievement by my brilliant team. How? We charged each model for the challenge £5 and sold raffle tickets and cakes – it was absolute chaos here, but organised chaos in aid of charity!!

The support we received was amazing and so many people wanted to be a part of the day, we even had a visit from my friend and Great British Bake Off 2016 winner Candice Brown.

Our wear it pink heroes with Great British Bake Off 2016 winner, Candice

Our wear it pink heroes with Great British Bake Off 2016 winner, Candice

In total after 10 wonderful wear it pink days, our grand total is over £18,000 – I like to think we have done Maureen proud.

Make your wear it pink count

Don’t forget that you can pay in your fantastic fundraising online, over the phone or direct to your bank. You are all record breakers in our eyes – thank you for turning the UK pink!

Dressing up for wear it pink

Our tenth wear it pink!

Emma Holman-West, owner of Alscot Estate in Stratford upon Avon shares what they do for wear it pink and how their fundraising has gone from strength to strength.

Breast Cancer Now is a charity that is very close to my heart and to the hearts of so many others. With so many people affected by breast cancer, including close family, my mother a survivor herself, and friends.

We held our first wear it pink event in 2007 and this will be our tenth consecutive wear it pink event. Since the start we have raised £23,404.78!

Our first wear it pink event to support Breast Cancer Campaign was small but well attended. We invited friends, family and business associates to our relatively small office, which we had decorated in pink, for coffee and cake. We had managed to obtain a handful of prizes, all kindly donated, and we ran a raffle to boost the funds. I think we raised around £750.

The following year we moved the event to our beautiful country, pub, restaurant and B&B – The Bell, Alderminster, where the event has been held ever since, allowing more space for the fund raising activities and supporters.

On average, since 2008 we raise around £3,000 per year. In the past we have wrapped the whole outside of the building in a massive pink bow (made of net and wire) and today the building is dressed in pink clothes (cut from wood and hand-painted)!

wear it pink at The Bell has gone from strength to strength and over the years our fundraising activities have included stalls by local independent companies, coffee and cakes, pink photo-booth, pink champagne and cocktails, baking competition, best dressed competition, raffles, auctions, live music and entertainment and on-line challenges, to encourage and maximise donations, via social media and Just Giving.

This year we have created ‘Sour Hour’ whereby the nominee has to eat a whole peeled lemon, this is filmed and posted to Facebook (which makes great viewing!), along with the names of those that have been nominated and the link to our Just Giving page.

Planning is key, obviously with the scale of the event now we have to book the date, obtain the entertainment, sponsorship, prizes and equipment. It is important to promote the event in advance – we use social media, the website, flyers, email and tell as many people as possible.

We always make sure we have lots of fun!

Please see a selection of photographs from our 2015 wear it pink event.

Have a look at our Justgiving page to see how we’re fundraising for wear it pink.”

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Read our fundraising ideas and tips to make sure your wear it pink day is a huge success.

Download our online resources to help you share your event online.

Lois and her wear it pink friends

Why wear it pink remains in our class timetable

We asked Lois Fitzgerald, School External Partnerships Coordinator at St Catherine’s Catholic School in Bexleyheath, about her wear it pink events and why both her and the teachers and students of the school continue to support Breast Cancer Now year on year.

What is your motivation for taking part in wear it pink for Breast Cancer Now?

“I think raising awareness of breast cancer especially at our all-girls school is incredibly important. Our students need to be educated in the importance of taking care of themselves and being aware of health issues which may affect them in the future.”

 

How has your school previously supported wear it pink?

“We have always supported Breast Cancer Now here at St Catherine’s, but after a number of our staff had been directly affected by the disease we have upped our game in the past few years.

treats on display at Lois' wear it pink event

We have held raffles, the pink ice bucket challenge, cake auctions and loads more. In 2014 we managed to raise £2,508!

After attending a Breast Cancer Now event and talking to other amazing supporters of the charity, who have dedicated their lives to fighting breast cancer, we were inspired to double our fundraising. Therefore we pledged to raise £4,000 in 2015. We collected raffle prizes from our wonderful local businesses, I organised my first gala night ‘Pink Fizz,’ and we held lots of events in school. We managed to raise a whopping £4,720 and I have never been more proud of my amazing school and community.”

What does this year’s wear it pink day entail for your school?

“We always have an own clothes day on wear it pink day where the students and staff pay a £1 to wear their own pink clothing! This year I am organising our first Krispy Kreme sale, we are looking to have a special tea party.

I have already purchased fascinators, headbands, head boppers, Minnie mouse ears and tiaras. Basically anything that I could my hands on that was pink! I will be making a bra cake and auctioning it off for the staff, something that has gone done really well the past two years.

Lois' wear it pink cake

Lois’ bra cake from last year’s wear it pink

 

In addition, each form room will have a paper ‘Memory Tree’ and will receive a handmade ribbon so that they can write a message on it about someone that they are thinking about at the moment or someone that they would like to remember which can go on display in all of the classrooms. Students will also be able to enter a colouring competition, as colouring has been a big trend this year. Personally I am also working on creating my own colouring book to print and sell to our students.

So yes we have got quite a lot planned!”

 

Do you have a fundraising target for this year?

“Ideally I would like to raise just over £2,700 this year.  As this would mean, in three years we have raised over £10,000 which is a fantastic achievement for our school and something that I am most proud of in my career so far.”

What would your top tips be for anyone else thinking about organising a wear it pink event?

Be organised! Working in a school is busy at the best of times so make sure that you have everything planned in advance.

Be realistic! Although ideally you want events to happen on wear it pink day, if this isn’t possible because of workloads and the school calendar, spread your events out. It doesn’t matter if you are fundraising all year round! We held the Pink Fizz night in November and it was great having a bit of time to get organised after wear it pink in October.

Get involved! There are so many resources readily available to promote your event on the wear it pink website. The more passionate you are about an idea or event, the more the students feel passionate about it too.

Have fun! Enjoy all the hard work that has gone into organising the events.”

What would you say to any other schools thinking about taking part in wear it pink?

“Go for it! The staff are so incredible at Breast Cancer Now and take so much time to call and send detailed emails about how to make your event a success. You can order extras of lots of goodies like balloons, money boxes, social media silly props in the ‘My Resources’ section of the website, as well as downloading digital resources.

Being part of wear it pink has been massive for our school and being able to show our students what they are capable of achieving and how amazing our school is, is just priceless.”

Has Lois inspired you?

You can still sign up to get your free fundraising pack and wear it pink with thousands of others across the UK next Friday.

 

Bronwen and Rachael with their friends on their wear it pink day

Bronwen and Rachael share their story

Bronwen and Rachael are best friends who were both diagnosed with breast cancer within the same year.  They are passionate about fundraising for Breast Cancer Now along-side their friends Sophie and Angie-May, now they would like to tell you why.

Rachael was diagnosed at 41 with grade 2 multi focal invasive lobular cancer in August 2012 and underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In September 2014 Rachael had a prophylactic mastectomy with double reconstructive surgery.

Bronwen was diagnosed at 40 with grade 2 invasive ductal cancer and extensive high grade DCSIS in July 2013. She had a mastectomy with immediate reconstructive surgery, chemotherapy and Herceptin.

Both are now on a 10 year course of hormone therapy.

Bronwen: ‘When Rachael was diagnosed with breast cancer I was devastated. I remember thinking that it couldn’t be possible as people our age just didn’t get breast cancer. I know now I was wrong. Rachael was such an inspiration to me throughout her treatment. She bore every indignity and side effect with such grace and stoicism that even though I went with her to treatment I had no idea how tough it really is, until I went through it myself. Rachael kept life as normal as possible for her kids and her family and has come out the other side braver and stronger than before.’

 

Rachael: ‘I initially felt very angry about my breast cancer diagnosis as I had been checking myself regularly as my mum already had two separate breast cancer diagnoses. There are not usually any easily detectible lumps with lobular breast cancer and because of my age the doctors were reluctant to send me for a mammogram. When I found out I had breast cancer I was floored. Bronwen was such a wonderful friend throughout my treatment and provided me with valuable support and help.

Having just about breathed a huge sigh of relief that my ordeal was over, it was so distressing to hear that Bronwen had found a lump. Once you have had breast cancer, you always encourage your friends to continually check themselves, but your greatest fear is that they will actually get it!

Bronwen coped amazingly well with her chemotherapy. Despite having come with me for my treatments and having an inclination about what her treatment would be like, I knew that sometimes when you say “I’m fine” it often means “I’m not fine at all”.

Having HER2 meant that she had to have a further year of treatment with Herceptin, which she was unusually highly allergic to. Although given the option to stop, Bronwen chose to complete all 18 treatments, which was incredible. She even managed to carry on with the work she was doing and had to be told to stop committing herself to more.

Good friends share many things and whilst I really wish Bronwen hadn’t shared having breast cancer with me, it has been a great help to be able to share how the experience really is. We can even laugh about the silly things – our cold cap and bizarre wig shop experiences.’

Their message to you

Cancer changes you physically (weight gain; bloating; hair loss; mastectomies) but also mentally and the worry about it coming back. Although as time goes by these worries lessen, which is why we found it immensely re-assuring to visit the Breast Cancer Now Research Centre and talk to scientists who spend their working lives trying to eradicate the disease.

We became involved with the charity during our treatment as we really wanted to do something positive. We started our annual bake off and we hope to raise even more money this year for wear it pink.

We hope that we have beaten breast cancer and seen the back of it but until Breast Cancer Now achieve their goal of ensuring that no more women die of breast cancer we will continue to campaign to raise awareness and raise money to fund their much needed research.

We urge you to do the same.

Bronwen and Rachael

Xx

Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned wear it pinker, get involved with wear it pink on Friday 21 October and sign up now for your free fundraising pack.

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Brenda’s top 10 tips for organising your wear it pink day

Brenda George, seasoned wear it pinker gives her top 10 tips for organising a wear it pink day at work.

  1. Get the boss on board. Talk to your boss about Breast Cancer Now – and why the whole company should wear it pink on Friday 21 October.
  2. Save the date. Up on the wall and all over the intranet, make sure you promote your event everywhere! You’ll find a poster in your free fundraising pack, so sign up to receive your pink pack today.
  3. A month in advance I go out to my contacts to see if they will donate and prizes for a raffle on the day to help increase our fundraising total.
  4. Find out about matched funding. Perhaps your company has a scheme to match the amount you raise. That’s double the money for no extra effort.
  5. Make sure you’ve got everything you need… posters, recipes, bunting etc. you’ll find these in your fundraising pack and you can download more online.
  6. Share the load. Get a group together to help on the day. There’ll be plenty to do – from collecting cash to making sure everyone signs the gift aid form.
  7. In the week leading up to wear it pink day I ramp up the excitement and the fundraising by reminding everyone to wear it pink.
  8. Make sure on the day you don’t forget to take lots of photos and share them with Breast Cancer Now on social media #wearitpink. We always enjoy the day especially with all the cake on offer!
  9. Pheww… you did it! Now you can enjoy the weekend, knowing you’ve made a big difference!
  10. The following week I chase up any outstanding money, pay in my fundraising money to Breast Cancer Now and I announce the grand total and thank everyone for taking part.

Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned wear it pinker, get involved with wear it pink on Friday 21 October and sign up now for your free fundraising pack.

 

Pink team at HJ Lea Oakes with Ian the pink fairy more than £1750

wear it pink photo gallery

We have been overwhelmed by your amazing fundraising ideas, photos, stories and donations this year!

 

Take a look at our gallery to see some of you, our wonderful supporters wearing it pink.

 

Thank you to everyone who sent in their photos, this is just a small selection.

Rachael, Bronwen and friends on their wear it pink day

Our wear it pink day

On Friday 23rd October we had our third wear it pink fundraising bake off for Breast Cancer Now.

This year we were determined to stick to the pledge that the four of us had made during the summer, to make each bake off bigger and better year after year.

To raise more funds, we also invited our children’s school to take part in their own event. The children baked cakes which were sold at break time to raise money and the staff held an after school tea party.

Also this year our local pre-school gave us a surprise, but very welcome donation.

Our aim was to beat last year’s grand total of £1,205.

Did we do it? You’ll have to wait and see.

With invitations out, posters in windows, and a Just Giving page set up for those who couldn’t attend. The countdown was on to create the biggest and best bake off ever.

After an extremely late night with our heads in the oven, countless texts, an estimated two bags of self-raising flower, 4lbs of butter and three dozen eggs later, our big day had finally arrived.

By this stage the kitchen was an explosion of pink with balloons, bunting, cake boxes (donated by our very generous local supermarket) and pink flowers everywhere.

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We donned our pink t-shirts and waited in anticipation for our friends, family and neighbours to arrive and help us raise money for this more than worthy cause.

As the locals arrived they brought home made goodies in their abundance, which were labelled up by Angie-may and displayed on our beautiful and now over flowing cake table.

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Rachael was at the ready with tea, coffee and cake for our first arrivals. Bronwen was busy signing people up for our fabulous raffle, of which prizes were generously donated by local shops and businesses in High Barnet. These included gifts such as cookery books, beautiful handmade bags, fitness classes and reflexology treatments. Meanwhile Sophie was expertly serving and boxing up cakes, which were being bought by our ever so generous customers.

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We had great success with our sweepstake (the prize being a mixing bowl full of baking goods) and also our guess the amount of corks in the mixing bowl.

As people mingled throughout the morning they gave donations to have their caricatures sketched by our local caricaturist Simon Ellinas who kindly offered his services for free.

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It really was a fabulous morning, as well as raising money everyone involved had really a great time.

After weeks of planning, hours of baking and a morning of great fun with some successful fundraising thrown in, our 2015 wear it pink bake off finally came to an end.

The tea cups were empty, the cakes were all sold and the question on all of our minds was, had we beaten last year’s total?

It took us a while to count but we’re really proud to say we did it!

We raised a whopping grand total of £1,877.03!

We would really like to extend our thanks to all the local businesses who donate gifts year after year to help us out. Everyone who made a donation at the event or through Just Giving. Also this year to our local schools – Foulds school and Foulds pre-school, as well as the school where Sophie works – The Holmewood School London, who all worked very hard to help us make a difference.

It took some organising and a lot of hard work but the four of us will always be proud to wear it pink for Breast Cancer Now. As for next year, well the pledge was to go bigger and better year after year!

So, watch this space!

Bronwen, Rachael, Angie-may & Sophie

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Kingsley Academy’s wear it pink

Kingsley Academy have held a wear it pink day at their school for the last few years and can’t wait to do it all again on Friday 23 October.  Mrs Wayne is the lady who leads the pink fun in school and she would like to tell you a bit about what they have planned.

We are all very excited here at Kingsley Academy as we approach our 3rd wear it pink day in October. This is the one day of the year where students can wear one item of pink clothing in addition to their uniform.  We have raised over £1,000 in the last two years and we all really hope to do well again this year.

Our year 8 and 9 Charity Coordinators will put lots of pink balloons on the gate and have our pink buckets ready and waiting, to collect any small donation that comes our way from all students, staff and even people from our local community. We even have additional wear it pink wristbands to sell this year too.

Our academy restaurant will be making some pink cup cakes to sell at break time and we even have this year a ‘Pink Shoot through the Goal game’ which will hang high above the goalpost and students will be able to shoot the footballs through the goals.

At the end of the day we will hold an assembly for year 8 and 9 and I will surprise them by wearing my pink monster outfit! I will reveal how much we have raised for such a personal and worthy cause. Our students really enjoy fundraising to support the research that moves us towards a future that’s free of breast cancer and helps save lives.

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Go on… why don’t you support wear it pink this year and bring some pinkness into your school!

If your school will be wearing it pink this October, be sure to check out our fantastic schools resources including assembly plans, student fundraising kits and lots of easy fundraising ideas to help make your day a great success.

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Top tips: Video blog

Rachael, Bronwen, Sophie and Angie-May are now in their third year of hosting an annual October event to raise money for breast cancer research. Here they tell you their top tips for organising and hosting a successful wear it pink event at home.

If you would like to find out more about why these ladies wear and bake it pink for Breast Cancer now, read Rachael and Bronwen’s blog here.

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Bronwen and Rachael share their story

Bronwen and Rachael are best friends who were both diagnosed with breast cancer within the same year.  They are passionate about fundraising for Breast Cancer Now and took part in this year’s wear it pink photo shoot along-side their friends Sophie and Angie-May to show you what they will be doing this wear it pink day, now they would like to tell you why.

Rachael was diagnosed at 41 with grade 2 multi focal invasive lobular cancer in August 2012 and underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In September 2014 Rachael had a prophylactic mastectomy with double reconstructive surgery.

Bronwen was diagnosed at 40 with grade 2 invasive ductal cancer and extensive high grade DCSIS in July 2013. She had a mastectomy with immediate reconstructive surgery, chemotherapy and Herceptin.

Both are now on a 10 year course of hormone therapy.

Bronwen: ‘When Rachael was diagnosed with breast cancer I was devastated. I remember thinking that it couldn’t be possible as people our age just didn’t get breast cancer. I know now I was wrong. Rachael was such an inspiration to me throughout her treatment. She bore every indignity and side effect with such grace and stoicism that even though I went with her to treatment I had no idea how tough it really is, until I went through it myself. Rachael kept life as normal as possible for her kids and her family and has come out the other side braver and stronger than before.’

Rachael: ‘I initially felt very angry about my breast cancer diagnosis as I had been checking myself regularly as my mum already had two separate breast cancer diagnoses. There are not usually any easily detectible lumps with lobular breast cancer and because of my age the doctors were reluctant to send me for a mammogram. When I found out I had breast cancer I was floored. Bronwen was such a wonderful friend throughout my treatment and provided me with valuable support and help.

Having just about breathed a huge sigh of relief that my ordeal was over, it was so distressing to hear that Bronwen had found a lump. Once you have had breast cancer, you always encourage your friends to continually check themselves, but your greatest fear is that they will actually get it!

Bronwen coped amazingly well with her chemotherapy. Despite having come with me for my treatments and having an inclination about what her treatment would be like, I knew that sometimes when you say “I’m fine” it often means “I’m not fine at all”.

Having HER2 meant that she had to have a further year of treatment with Herceptin, which she was unusually highly allergic to. Although given the option to stop, Bronwen chose to complete all 18 treatments, which was incredible. She even managed to carry on with the work she was doing and had to be told to stop committing herself to more.

Good friends share many things and whilst I really wish Bronwen hadn’t shared having breast cancer with me, it has been a great help to be able to share how the experience really is. We can even laugh about the silly things – our cold cap and bizarre wig shop experiences.’

Bronwen and Rachael: Cancer changes you physically (weight gain; bloating; hair loss; mastectomies) but also mentally and the worry about it coming back. Although as time goes by these worries lessen, which is why we found it immensely re-assuring to visit the Breast Cancer Now Research Centre and talk to scientists who spend their working lives trying to eradicate the disease.

We became involved with the charity during our treatment as we really wanted to do something positive. We started our annual bake off and we hope to raise even more money this year for wear it pink.

We hope that we have beaten breast cancer and seen the back of it but until Breast Cancer Now achieve their goal of ensuring that no more women die of breast cancer we will continue to campaign to raise awareness and raise money to fund their much needed research.

We urge you to do the same.

Bronwen and Rachael

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Brenda is daring to do more

Long time wear it pink supporter, Brenda, spills the beans on how she went a step (or jump) further this year for her fundraising.

I first got involved with wear it pink two years ago. I started off with just doing a raffle in the office with prizes including a dinner, a weekend away and theme park tickets. The following year I decided to go all out and dress up in pink and make everyone in the office come to work in pink too or they would have to pay a fine. We had a bake sale, collected donations from odd change in my colleague’s drawers and played a few games to raise an extra bit of cash.

My sister Sandra died three years ago from breast cancer age 47.  She was my best friend as well as my sister and a brilliant aunt to my three children. She was a character and always encouraged me to do what I wanted to do in life.

Earlier this year I attended a focus group to help Breast Cancer Now with their planning for wear it pink this year.  When they showed us the idea for the “Dare You” challenge, I must have let it slip that the one thing I would never do was an abseil…The next thing I know, I’m featuring in this year’s wear it pink photo shoot – harness in hand!

What can I say about my dare – it was a surprise!  I suppose they knew my fears but also know how passionate I am about raising money for Breast Cancer Now and my involvement with it over the last few years since Sandra died. So, if I have raised £2,000 by Friday 23 October I will be doing an abseil! I am petrified to say the least as I am scared of heights but I know I will overcome this in time with support from my family, friends, colleagues and the wear it pink team. I’m still figuring out exactly what I will be abseiling down, that’s what I am working on at the moment.  I’ve got my challenge poster stuck up at work and I’ve set up a Just Giving page too. Take a look and help get me one step higher!

I will be going all out on the day, dressing up in pink is a must, I’ll be organising raffles, a cake sale and collecting money. I’ll be completing my challenge at the end of the day, as I will be pumped up with the excitement of the day. I’m hoping this will eliminate my fear.

Wish me luck!

Guest blogger: Brenda George, Barclays

Why don’t you join Brenda by daring to do more?  Take a look at our ideas and posters to get you started.