Featured Member - Pretty 'n' Pink

9 Oct 2014 Shauna O'Neill    Last updated: 9 Oct 2014

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Each year in Northern Ireland over 1200 people are diagnosed with breast cancer. Pretty ‘n’ Pink is the breast cancer charity for Northern Ireland and has been providing practical help and support to these women and their families since 2006.

The charity was established by Belfast woman Noleen Adair who was diagnosed with breast cancer herself at the age of just 22.  After a long and brave 13 year battle with the disease, Noleen sadly passed away in June of this year.

Understanding from first-hand experience the problems faced by breast cancer patients Noleen wanted to set up a charity that would help reduce these strains.

The charity aims to:

  • Raise awareness of breast cancer particularly in younger women.
  • Provide financial help to patients
  • Help improve quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families

Pretty ‘n’ Pink provides financial support through small grants dispersed from the Pretty ‘n’ Pink Support Fund. These grants are used by patients in a number of ways, such as;

  • Help with mortgage / rent payments
  • Help with travel expenses to and from hospital appointments
  • Help with utility bills
  • Respite breaks
  • Housework demands
  • Essential home adjustments
  • Help toward the cost of Christmas
  • Purchase of specialist underwear and swimwear
  • Any other requirements that may meet the needs of an individual patient / family.

“I will be able to keep the house warmer this winter during my recovery which is a great relief and the money is very much appreciated.”

The charity also organises occasional social events such as outings to Dirty Dancing the Musical, and Legally Blonde the Musical at Belfast’s Grand Opera House for those going through, or who have recently been through breast cancer.  Here, patients can enjoy an evening out with a family member / friend, and build support networks with others who have been through similar experiences during illness outside the hospital environment.

“Rare night out together for myself and my sister.  Cancer affects the whole family and it was nice to share a fab night with her.”

Pretty ‘n’ Pink relies solely on the generosity of the public for income generation, and events such as the charity’s recent Gala Variety Show, the Belfast Marathon, and community fundraisers enable the charity to provide these vital services.  Funds are also raised through the Pretty ‘n’ Pink charity shop at Park Centre Belfast, and also the charity’s bra recycling campaign which encourages ladies to donate their unwanted bras which are then sent onto developing countries, the charity receives £1 for every kilo of bras donated in it’s name.

If you or someone you know has been affected by breast cancer and you would like further information on how to access Pretty ‘n’ Pink services, or if you would like to help by volunteering or fundraising please contact the office on 028 9051 7043, email [email protected], or visit the website at www.prettynpink.org.

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by Shauna O'Neill

Information Officer

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