Burnham-based Breakthrough Cancer Group celebrates 15th year
Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer Group has celebrated its 15th
anniversary this week.
group - which has raised more than £300,000 towards supporting
people with the disease - was originally formed in 1997 by Christine
and John Piper and Ann Carr and Anne Whaley.
chair of the group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have had
loads of fun over the years fundraising for Breakthrough Breast
Cancer to support their work in achieving a future free from the
fear of breast cancer."
Somerset group has throughout the 15 years raised considerable
amounts of awareness of breast cancer across the county by supporting
other events and giving talks, as well as fundraising.
huge £300,000 has been raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer
during this time.
MP Tessa Munt, who is a supporter of the group, said this week:
"The Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer Group are a truly
wonderful group of people who have worked tirelessly over the
last fifteen years, raising over £300,000 to help improve
the situation of women and men with breast cancer in Somerset.
I commend the important work they do to raise awareness of breast
cancer and the support and morale boost they give to local people
Nolan, from The Nolan's Sisters, who is Somerset Breakthrough
Breast Cancers patron, sent a message this week saying:
"Congratulations to the Somerset Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Group on your 15th anniversary. Making and keeping people aware
of early detection and of course raising money for much needed
research is vital and you have done a wonderful job over the past
15 years. Goodness knows how many lives have been prolonged if
not saved through your amazing work."
back at the past 15 years, Christine said: "We've met some
wonderful people - from our first ever event with a group of children
from St Marys Church Berrow when we set off 100 pink balloons
to a tug of war at Burnham Rugby Club, wicked women evenings,
quiz nights, golf events and a Moonwalk."
most memorable was our 'Twist on the Beach' in 2002 when we set
a new Guinness World Record. People still talk about that event
saw the group achieve the World's Largest Rugby Scrum at Burnham
Rugby Club where the world record was broken for a short time.
group will be attempting to do this event again this year and
2012 will also see the group holding its fourth ball which have
been very successful and fun! The group also has the support of
Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress.
idea of forming the group was Christine's after she watched Sir
Ranuplh Fiennes on TV talking about his attempt to walk across
Antarctica in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. This - and the
fact that Christines mother had Breast Cancer twice - was
her inspiration. Fellow group member Susie Loosley, who has been
with the group for 14 years, is also a survivor of breast cancer.
more information about joining the group, contact Christine on
Top, Hayley Jones, Eugune Martin, Anna Bedford (Breakthrough HQ)
Christine and John Piper Holly MacBeth, Holly Brown & Iaine
Selway at a cake cutting ceremong this week; and, above, last
summer's rugby scrum world record bid in Burnham