Christies Care in the pink brings
cancer charities a total of £4,357 to date
Christies Care, the national live-in care provider based in Saxmundham, has been supporting Wear It Pink Day since in 2004.
Wear it pink raises around £2 million during Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity; Breast Cancer Now. Christies Care staff are always very willing bakers and make lots of cakes and goodies to sell. Christies Care donates draw prizes and staff members donate for the privilege of dressing up in pink.
The initiative is organised by Tanya Howard, Training Team Administrator, who has a personal interest in the charity. She explains “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 (next year will be 5 years clear) which is when I became involved in organising the Wear It Pink day activities. In the beginning it was all about wearing Pink but after my diagnosis I decided that the day should be bigger and better and included the cake sale and the draw. The first year we raised a total of £215, this has increased every year and this year’s total was £464.45, meaning we have raised a total of £3,567 since we started supporting it.
“We also hold a Strawberry Tea day each year and since 2013 we have raised an additional £790.58 through this event. This money has been divided between Breast Cancer Care, the radiotherapy and breast imaging departments and the Woolverstone Wish campaign all at Ipswich hospital which is where I received my treatment. Woolverstone Wish alone has raised 2.25 million so far and has been able to completely re-furbish the cancer ward and to provide improved facilities for patients.
“My colleagues are the star bakers and bake lots of scones to have with Strawberries (donated by our local farm shop at Friday Street, Saxmundham) and the tea is made by whoever is willing to put the kettle on!
Next year we are hoping to include our carers and maybe even a few clients who work and live nationwide so watch this space for next year’s total.”