Girl power pink party hopes to pack a punch


Four Northumbrian Water workers, all with first hand experience of cancer, are urging north east women to be breast aware.

Joanne Robson (age 38) from Ferryhill, Philomena Marshall (age 56) from Newton Hall, Denise Bedford (age 50) from Wardley, and Jane Morland (39) from Ushaw Moor, have teamed up to organise a Pretty In Pink event at Popolo bar and grill in Durham to highlight the importance of recognising the early signs and symptoms of cancer.

Jane Morland, whose three sisters are also helping to arrange the event, said: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer this year and at the age of 39 it came as a huge shock. My uncle and grandmother have both had it also so I knew a little of what to expect but my first thoughts were how it would affect my husband and children.

“Due to a quick diagnosis I am able to say I was lucky enough to have got through this having had an operation and radiotherapy. Now, I only have to take medication for the next five years.

“I’m one of the lucky ones but not one of the only ones – 48,000 people (male and female) are given the devastating news each year that they have breast cancer. We just want everyone to know what to look out for. We cannot stress how important early detection is – it could save your life.”

Nonnie Crawford, director of public health for the NHS North of England Cancer Network, seconded the advice: “In the North East and North Cumbria we have more people who develop cancer compared to the national average – and more worrying the majority of people who responded to a recent survey about cancer didn’t know the early signs and symptoms of the major cancers.

“That’s why we’ve launched the Be Clear on Cancer campaign because we need people to be aware of the early signs and symptoms of cancer* and if they notice anything different about their own body – they must tell their GP.

“We want people to realise that by knowing their own bodies, recognising early signs and symptoms and then telling their GP makes cancer much more treatable, and really could save their life.”

The Pretty In Pink party, which the colleagues estimate will raise £3,000 for Breast Cancer Care, will take place from 7pm on Sunday 13 November 2011 at Popolo bar and grill which is hosting the event free of charge. Also donating his time is popular swing singer, Jason Issacs, who will entertain the crowds. There will be a handbag auction, tarot card reader and raffle with top prizes including an overnight stay for two at Seaham Hall Hotel and an £800 limited edition, gold dipped bottle of Juicy Couture perfume.

Tickets cost £15 and include a free cocktail, cupcake and entry into a ticket draw to win pink champagne. For more information call Jane Morland on 0191 301 6787.

For more information call Philippa Clark on 0191 301 5538 or email

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