Thurrock residents are raising much-needed funds for Breast Cancer Now

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THURROCK residents Emma Mulcahy and Sarah Keeling from Grays, Essex will be holding a charity Pink Ball for the second year running in aid of Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease.

Emma and Sarah, along with their friends and families raised £8338.92 at last year’s charity Pink Ball which was held in January 2018. After such a huge success, they decided to repeat the event and all 320 places sold out within weeks. The event will be held again at the Civic Hall, Blackshots, Grays on Saturday 26th January 2019 and they are hoping to raise thousand’s for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. They are asking local businesses to kindly donate raffle prizes to help make the event a huge success.

Sarah Keeling from Grosvenor Road said.

“After last year’s huge success, we’re really looking forward to hosting the Pink Ball again and we hope to raise lots more money for this very worthy cause, which is so close to our hearts. Thanks to incredible research developments, more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before, but around 1,000 women still die from the disease every month in the UK.

“We really hope that with this event we can help Breast Cancer Now get closer to their aim that by 2050, everyone who is diagnosed with breast cancer will live. We want everybody in Thurrock to join us and fundraise for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, so that no one else has to lose the ones they love to this cruel disease in the future.

Emma and Sarah lost their childhood friend, Chadwell-St-Mary born Sharon Hodgson (nee Allkins) to the disease in June 2016. Sharon left behind two young daughters and had been friends with Emma and Sarah for over 20 years, after they met at Woodside and Torells School. Emma and Sarah ran the London Marathon for Breast Cancer Now in April 2017 and are running the London Marathon again this April. After hosting a number of fundraising events, the pair have raised over £22,500 for the charity in Sharon’s memory, which will pay for over 900 hours of lifesaving research. Their aim is to raise £30,000 by the three-year anniversary of Sharon’s passing.

Catherine Davies, Community Fundraising Manager at Breast Cancer Now, said:

“We are so grateful for Emma and Sarah’s wonderful support. We hope their Pink Ball will be a big success again whilst raising much-needed funds for breast cancer research.

“Breast cancer is a devastating disease that still cuts short the lives of around 11,500 women and 80 men each year. We want to change that.

“With every supporter, we’re powering research that’s finding new ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer, until the day when we stop it once and for all. And with supporters like Emma and Sarah by our side we can make it happen faster. We wish them the very best with their event!”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will develop breast cancer, and today alone more than 30 women will die from the disease.

Fundraise for Breast Cancer Now and you can help to stop breast cancer. Every action, big or small, gets us a step closer. Find out how you can get involved at

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