Pink is not just a colour, it's a uniform!
When I first held a fundraising event I was 11. I was determined that no matter how little my impact was, any help I could offer was good enough. I soon wanted to do more and more and found such a passion for fundraising. It’s so much more than just raising money (although that is vital). To me, it’s about coming together with others that want to see the same change in the world as you.
I am fortunate enough, that while I am studying Charity Development at the University Of Chichester, I also volunteer in the Breast Cancer Now office. This came about after I did their amazing summer internship programme. I am always delighted to come in and see the hard work put into action to deliver all the fun activities that raise money for the cutting-edge research and I have also been round the labs to see the scientists in action, and the money put to good use. The passion is real and gives me motivation to keep raising money for this incredible charity!
How my passion began
Unfortunately, one in seven women in the UK will face breast cancer in their lifetime – and my eldest cousin, Natasha, was one of them.
Natasha was my inspiration since day one! She was always the ‘life of the party’ and everyone knew her for her graceful ballet, her amazing singing and outstanding acting. I always wanted to be as cool as she was and would often dance the night away with her at every family do.
When her cancer diagnosis came in 2008, I was scared and unsure how I could be of any support to her or relate to what she was going through. That’s why I started to bake, host parties and speak out about it at school. I needed to let the world know about this awful disease but most of all, what they could do to stop it! Natasha’s story did not end how her mother, the rest of her friends and family and I would have liked it to, and she passed away in December 2015. But she lived a full life right up to the end, even through the tough times she made the most of it – eating every slice of cake she set her eyes upon!
She found her way back onto stage to perform once more at the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and had a great party for her 34th, and final, birthday.
Nothing was going to stop her from doing what she loved best
In 2015, months before she passed away I remember sitting on her hospice bed, laughing away. I had come back from university to visit her and although I knew she was in pain and exhausted, we ate our way through the remaining chocolate biscuits and she talked about how I needed to make the most of university party life.
This is one of my fondest memories, I don’t remember her as a person riddled with cancer, but I remember her as my loving, caring and outgoing cousin who just wanted to party, eat cake and live life to the full. She would always put on a smile for her guests and would always check up on how anyone else was before you could ask her about herself.
That's why I wear it pink!
I wear pink with pride and I wear it for Natasha!
I strongly believe that by 2050 no one who develops breast cancer will die from it, because I trust in the work of Breast Cancer Now. But it’s only with your amazing help that this can happen.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, the skills you think you lack or the time you don’t have. Wear it pink is simple, it’s fun and it’s for everyone. So whether you want to fundraise at work, at school or in the comfort of your own home... Sign up today.
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