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Breast Cancer Survivors Host Fundraising Ball

25 March 2010

Former breast cancer patients at London Bridge Hospital, known as the “Pink Buddies” are organising a charity ball to raise vital funds for younger women diagnosed with the disease.

Breast cancer is the number one cancer amongst young women in the UK. It will affect over 2000 women under the age of 40 each year. Such low numbers mean that the experience can be particularly isolating and distressing for these young women. They have very specific needs, such as help finding information about fertility, dealing with a young family whilst undergoing treatment and dealing with the devastating loss of femininity on such a young body. The Lavender Trust helps young women in particular to maintain a positive body image and lifestyle, key issues for all women dealing with breast cancer. Pink Buddies counts a number of young women amongst its volunteers, and the group decided that The Lavender Trust should be a key focus for fundraising over the next three years.

Lorna Jones, one of the Pink Buddies, says: "Our chosen charity for the next three years is The Lavender Trust, which does a fantastic job in providing support to younger women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. I was diagnosed at 29, at a time when there was very little support available, and I had to seek out my own support network. I went through surgery, chemotherapy & radiotherapy and have SURVIVED. I’ve since had 2 children, post treatment. I was lucky, I was strong. Many young women are unable to find that strength by themselves and it is key that we raise funds to support the work of this important charity."

Pink Buddies is made up of volunteers of mixed ages who, like Lorna, were treated for breast cancer at London Bridge Hospital. They will be hosting the Pink Buddies Ball on Friday 15th October 2010 at the newly refurbished Grand Connaught Rooms in London’s Covent Garden.

The Pink Buddies Ball will include live entertainment, a disco and a three course dinner. The MC for the evening will be Mr Paul Farris of Paul Farris Entertainment (www.paulfarris.tv // 020 8622 4481)

Pink Buddies is looking for corporate sponsors and high value auction prizes to be donated by businesses. "There are heaps of opportunities for businesses to get involved – and obviously we want people to support the event by simply coming along."

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lorna Jones, Event Director on 07525 430 124 or lorna.jones@pinkbuddies.co.uk.

Event information

Pink Buddies Ball – supporting The Lavender Trust

Friday 15th October 2010

Grand Connaught Rooms
61-65 Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5DA

Web: www.grandconnaughtrooms.com

Tickets on sale now priced at £85 each. All proceeds go to The Lavender Trust.
For ticket sales please contact Lorna Jones: 07525 430 124 // events@pinkbuddies.co.uk

Notes to Editors

Pink Buddies

Pink Buddies are women of all ages, who can offer support, not just to each other, but also to those women who are currently going through treatment for this dreadful illness. Their common goal is demonstrated by their theme - inspiration and information - and more importantly the fact they are all SURVIVORS!! They are here to show that this disease can be beaten, that beauty comes in many shapes and sizes, and that "normal" is whatever you want it to be.

Email: events@pinkbuddies.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)7525 430 124

The Lavender Trust
(Registered charity in England and Wales 1017658)

The Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care raises money specifically to fund information and support for younger women. They are the only fund in the UK dedicated to addressing the particular needs of this age group. The Lavender Trust bring people together, provide information and support, and campaign for improved standards of care. Every year more and more people need their support.

Each year, 8,000 women under the age of 50 are diagnosed with breast cancer, and the Lavender Trust is still the only fund in the UK dedicated to addressing their particular needs and concerns.

Free Helpline Number: 0800 800 6000

London Bridge Hospital 

London Bridge Hospital has been delivering high quality healthcare since 1986 and is one of the most modern and best equipped hospitals in the area. It overlooks the River Thames and Tower Bridge, and is within easy reach of the City and the South East. With over one hundred en-suite, air conditioned rooms, we aim to make your stay as pleasant and as comfortable as possible, and we are always happy to discuss any individual requirement that you may have.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7407 3100