On Monday, 1 October, some of our region’s most iconic buildings will once again be lighting up pink in aid of Breast Cancer Haven Wessex. Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Cathedral, Park and Ride buildings, The Big Screen Portsmouth in Guildhall Square, The Gaiety at Southsea Pier, Eaton Aerospace and Hambrooks Garden Centre.
Throughout the month, our region will be getting involved in a variety of fundraising activities, from Pink Shirt Day, Squatober, Pink beard which involves men getting glittered to help raise awareness of male breast cancer and something for the children during half term week; pink pumpkins. Other activities include, fizzy Friday’s, skydives and pink Zumba classes to name but a few! (full list of events is attached). This year all activity falls under our National Umbrella campaign My Power Hour.
Breast Cancer Haven, has launched the My Power Hour campaign to drive fundraising during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October).
In October, the clocks go back and we all gain an extra hour. Through its My Power Hour campaign – which provides a whole host of one-hour fundraising ideas - Breast Cancer Haven demonstrates what one hour of fundraising can do to support those affected by breast cancer.
In just one hour – and for as little as £40 - Breast Cancer Haven can really make a difference to a woman’s diagnosis. They can accessan initial assessment with a healthcare professional to build a personalised programme of support, receive an hour of counselling, relieve difficult side effects of treatment through specialist therapies, and gain practical advice on how to manage money and nutrition.
Breast Cancer Haven visitor, Chris, said:
"I was blown away by Breast Cancer Haven and the services provided by the team were so fantastic. It made me feel safe and it really had a massive impact on me during treatment. Breast Cancer Haven was somewhere where I knew I didn’t have to retell my tale to everybody. You can walk in, sit down and have a cup of tea and just relax. "
Fundraising for My Power Hour is fun and couldn’t be simpler. You could Power Dress – and raise funds with a bucket collection, Power Through (and get sponsored) for running 5k or 10k, Power Up – tackle a mountain, stairs or climbing wall, or simply blast out the Power Ballads (or the dedicated Breast Cancer Haven My Power Hour playlist on Spotify) and pay for enjoying the pleasure.
Pamela Healy OBE, Breast Cancer Haven’s CEO says:
“Every hour in the UK, six women are diagnosed with breast cancer. This October, through our My Power Hour campaign, we’re challenging everyone to use the extra hour gained as the clocks change, to support women with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Haven can provide that support, but only with your help.”
Breast Cancer Haven is a national charity which provides free, one-to-one, emotional support and supportive therapies for people affected by breast cancer. It currently has five flagship centres in London, Hereford, Wessex (Hampshire), West Midlands (Solihull) and Yorkshire (Leeds), with outreach centres in Worcestershire Royal Hospital and three in London hospitals.The charity’s support programme provides a unique model of care that is fully integrated with hospital medical treatment.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month runs from the 1-31 October 2018. You can find lots of creative ideas to make your extra hour count by visiting the Breast Cancer Haven website, including the My Power Hour playlist, a list of events to get involved in and downloadable challenges. Visit www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk/mypowerhour to find out more.
Whether you have had breast cancer, have supported someone who has, or just want to raise awareness of the campaign or charity, please share using #MyPowerHour.@BreastCancerH (Twitter), @breastcancerhaven (Instagram), @breastcancerhaven (Facebook).