A recent fashion show and clothes sale at the CancerPartners UK Radiotherapy Centre in partnership with Spire Little Aston Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, has raised much-needed funds for Newlife Foundation and several breast cancer charities.
Around £700 was raised for the various cancer charities and another £1,300 to help disabled children, many of whom have cancer.
But the impact on the models ranging in age from their late twenties to their mid sixties who have all had cancer or who are currently receiving treatment for the disease, was beyond measure.
Stuart Southgate, Centre Manager for CancerPartners UK, said: “We not only care about treating people, we care about the people we treat. This fantastic event had a really positive effect on the models who were able to get their hair/wigs specially prepared, have their make-up done professionally and their gowns selected to show off their very best features. This was all despite the major impact that cancer has had on their lives. I’m sure the event helped to boost their confidence a great deal.”
One of the models, Karen Black, said: “I was invited by Breast Friends to take part as I have recently undergone a double mastectomy and am having chemotherapy now. The charity has been great to me and it was my way of giving something back. It was a real confidence boost and another bonus was meeting other women who have gone through a similar experience. Cancer can be isolating so we have exchanged numbers and are going to meet up.”
Leading UK children’s disability charity, Newlife Foundation, believes such charity partnerships are a positive way of working together in a difficult economic climate, with win-wins all round. Anyone interested in learning more can visit Newlife’s website: www.newlifecharity.co.uk or contact CancerPartners UK by visiting www.cancerpartnersuk.org.
· CancerPartnersUK is an independent organisation consisting of cancer experts who are committed to improving the overall quality and availability of cancer services across the UK, particularly in radiotherapy. Working with commissioners and providers, it improves the overall delivery of cancer care through a combination of new technologies, highly qualified medical teams and expert knowledge of cancer care pathways. CancerPartnersUK was founded by Apposite Capital, a leading investment firm exclusively focused in healthcare. For further information please visit www.cancerpartnersuk.org
· Spire Healthcare is the second largest private hospital provider in the UK, with 37 hospitals and ten clinics nationwide. The company is built on a proud heritage of over 25 years’ experience of running successful private hospitals. Spire Healthcare offers a full range of integrated surgical, medical and diagnostic services and treats over 930,000 patients every year. Sustained clinical performance improvements and standards has led Spire to win multiple Independent Healthcare Awards, including ‘Nursing Practice’ in 2009 and ‘Risk Management’ and ‘Nursing Practice’ in 2010. For further information please visit: www.spirehealthcare.com.