On Wednesday 17th October our Macclesfield office put on a pink party with a spread of freshly baked pink cakes and treats, competition games such as guess the pink pug’s name and of course dressing up in pink attire.
More than 55,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, which equates to a staggering 1 in 8 women being diagnosed at some stage in their lifetime, according to Breast Cancer Care statistics. These are harrowing figures however, like many other people, we would like to help spread awareness to spot the disease early and help reduce this number.
We raised £223.40 from our efforts, which is being equally split between two breast cancer charities; Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care.
Both of these charities are active in raising awareness of the signs of breast cancer through various campaigns that the public can get involved with. Breast Cancer Now set a ‘defining belief’ back in 2015 – that if we all act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. They’ve had an extremely positive reaction to this ambitious target and we are proud to help support their fundraising to help reach this goal. To find out more about this target, click here.
The party was a real celebration of humanity as our office community came together to raise funds and share stories. In particular one of our Macclesfield office receptionists, Pat Lock, is breast cancer survivor of 24 years. Pat was happy to help raise awareness of the event and join in with the fundraising on the day.
“As a breast cancer survivor for 24 years now, I am very proud of the annual fundraising event of wearing pink and baking very artistic cakes at Ashfield Healthcare Communications. Breast cancer awareness, treatment and survival have improved enormously over the years with the help from these important events.” Pat Lock, Ashfield Healthcare Communications Receptionist.
It is not often that we take the time to sit and think about the people around us and the stories and experiences, be it good or bad, that they may have endured. We are very proud of Pat’s courage and bravery. If you are inspired to donate, then please get in touch the two charities linked here (Breast Cancer Now) (Breast Cancer Care) and help us get closer to achieving a much higher breast cancer survivor rate.