SPECSAVERS in Bridlington have been raising funds for a breast cancer charity in honour of a staff member who has celebrated her five year milestone of being free from the disease.
And they have been supporting a Bridlington based breast cancer support group who have enjoyed some fund-raising success of their own.
Staff at the Specsavers store, on Kingsgate have raised £500 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer in honour of store administrator Tracy Elliott who has successfully battled the disease.
Tracy is pictured with some of the baked treats that were on offer to customers calling into the store during a week of fund-raising which also saw staff dressing in pink.
Cooplands bakery pledged to donate a batch of cupcakes each day to make sure there were plenty of treats to go around in return for donations.
The store’s fund-raising efforts were in support of a Bridlington-based breast cancer support group, known locally as ‘The Boob Club’ who offer support to all those affected by the disease and fund-raise for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Tracy said: “We know first-hand what it’s like to receive that devastating news and we want to do all we can to raise money to help fight this disease.
“The Boob Club was and still is a vital support during some really challenging and difficult times, not least of which was earlier in the year when sadly one of our ladies lost her brave battle.
“We all battled through together and it is important that we help raise as much as we can to ensure other ladies suffering with the disease get the same support.”
The support group recently held an auction and raffle at Rags Restaurant, on South Pier in memory of Adele Rudd who lost her battle with breast cancer in March.
Local businesses rallied round to donate prizes to the event which also featured a performance on stage by the ladies who sang along to Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’, with the lyrics aptly changed to ‘We Will Survive’.
Dawn Preston, who founded the support group, has said a big thank you to everyone who helped with the event, including Julie at Rags, which raised £560 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
“Thank you to all friends and family and everyone who came to support us on the night, and to everyone who gave prizes for the raffle and auction.”
Businesses who donated raffle and auction prizes included: Specsavers, North Sea Ferries, Sunderland Football Club, all three surrounding golf clubs and Far Grange, Scott’s Butchers, North Star, Manor Court, Palms Leisure, Hewitts Fruit and Veg, Gardenia Florists, Infinity Hair Design, 149, Forum, Tesco, Mark Hart, Attitude Hair and Beauty, Four Seasons fruit and veg, Joypur, Holland and Barrett, Burton Agnes Hall, The Spa Bridlington.