Fundraisers bare all for charity

FUNDRAISERS have decided to bare all,in the name of charity.Suffolk women Helen Wood and Nicki Stapleton put their heads together to think of money spinning ideas for vital research into breast cancer.

FUNDRAISERS have decided to bare all,in the name of charity.

Suffolk women Helen Wood and Nicki Stapleton put their heads together to think of money spinning ideas for vital research into breast cancer.

Then the pair decided nothing short of naked ambition would help them hit their £40,000 fundraising target for Cancer Research UK, during breast cancer awareness month in October.

So they have teamed up with colleague Kate Stevenson, to show off three pink ribbons designed to encourage people to 'Get in the Pink'.

Their antics come as a new film starring Julie Walters, based on a group of WI members who stripped off to make a calendar to raise cash for leukaemia, hits headlines.

Helen, 27-year-old events fundraiser for Cancer Research UK in Suffolk, said: "It was quite an embarrassing thing to do but it's a worthwhile cause. It's not the normal sort of thing you do and a lot of people have noticed the pictures."

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She added: "There are lots of ways to have fun while supporting Cancer Research UK's breast cancer research programme. All you have to do is think pink! Organising a pink event - or buying one of our special pink products - is a fun way to help a seriously worthwhile cause.

"Another great way to help is by joining our sponsored 10k Stride for Life family walk at Wimpole Hall, in Cambridge, on Sunday, October 26."

More women than ever are now being diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, with around 41,000 cases diagnosed each year. Experts believe the trend is set to continue for some time to come.

Around 13,000 women died of breast cancer in 2001.

But death rates have fallen by 22 per cent over the past decade thanks to improvements in treatment and the introduction of the national screening programme.

An even more dramatic decline of 30 per cent has been seen in young and middle aged women over the same time period.

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To find out how you can 'Get in the Pink' telephone the fund-raising office on 01284 766311 or register on-line at www.cancerresearchuk.org/breastcancer and we'll send you a 'Get in the Pink' fundraising pack full of great ideas for pink-themed fun.

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