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Wear it Pink – For A Future Where Everyone With Breast Cancer Lives

Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ day, on October 19th, is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK.  This year, Medisave is proud to be supporting the event and will be raising money for the cause.

About “Wear it Pink”

Since 2002, Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ fundraising event has raised over £31.5 million for  life-saving research. Research that is constantly working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage, to prevent the disease taking lives.

The idea (of course) is to wear pink on October 19th with your colleagues, friends and/or family to help raise money for the charity. Putting together fun activities such as a quiz, raffle, or clothing sale, will get more people as possible involved and bolster the money raised.

3 ladies dressed in pink holding cupcakes
Credit: https://www.wearitpink.org/

Fundraising Ideas

  • Pink-themed quiz – ‘Wear it Pink’ has very nicely put together a quiz question PDF which you can download from HERE. Ideal to play with your work colleagues, it includes picture rounds and anagram challenges.
  • Pink treat cake sale – cupcakes are a must for a cake sale and you can go mad with the pink decoration! Ask you friends, family and work colleagues to get baking and hold a stall or bring them all into work to raise some money. Try thinking outside the box with what you bake to get people even more tempted to donate their money.

pink cupcakes decorated with hearts

  • A raffle – Would your company donate a few ‘grand prizes’ to make the tickets even more tempting? How does and extra day’s holiday sound? At the very least you can ask your colleagues to donate something worthwhile. A bottle of wine counts right?!
  • School sports day – Ask the children to participate in a sports day event while wearing pink and let them have fun! The parent can be charged an ‘entry fee’ for donation, and there is always the possibility of having stalls on site with cakes and toys to purchase, with all proceeds going to the charity.
  • Dare to do more – Choose a challenge that you aim to complete and ask for sponsors! How far would you go to save lives?
woman holding "will abseil for cash" sign
Credit: https://www.wearitpink.org/

Signs & Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Some of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • A change in size or shape
  • A lump or area that feels thicker than the rest of the breast
  • A change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like the skin of an orange)
  • Redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
  • Your nipple has become pulled in or looks different, for example changed its position or shape
  • Liquid that comes from the nipple without squeezing
  • Pain in your breast or your armpit that’s there all or almost all of the time
  • A swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone

Remember to check your breasts regularly!

Take a look at this illustrated guide from Breast Cancer Care, or alternatively, the video below from Breast Cancer Now. You can also download the free Breast Check Now app for Android and iOS.

Illustrated guide on how to check your breasts for breast cancer
Credit: https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk

 

Fundraising at Medisave

At Medisave we’re going to be doing all kinds of activities to raise money throughout the month. We have quizzes, cake sales and a pink fancy dress day planned. We have also set up a separate page for our ‘pink’ October deals with discounted products; with the idea being you could donate the difference to ‘Wear it Pink’.

If you would like to donate to Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ you can do so HERE.

 

Gill Harler Gynae Fund – Raising Awareness of the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

The Gill Harler Gynae Fund

Ovarian Cancer Ribbon
The three diamonds on the Teal Ribbon represent those lost to the disease, those who are enduring the disease and those who are yet to be diagnosed.

At Medisave it is important to us to support local charities and the Gill Harler Gynae Fund is a charity particularly close to our heart. The Gill Harler Fund’s aim is to increase awareness of the symptoms for Ovarian Cancer (also known as ‘The Silent Killer’ due to the subtly of its symptoms) and to help fast track diagnosis. Often patients can go undiagnosed for years and it’s much harder to treat, or can be terminal, if you aren’t diagnosed early. Unfortunately the ‘Smear Test’ cannot detect Ovarian Cancer and it can affect women of any age, including girls in their early teens. Gill launched the Fund to help other women spot symptoms and get earlier diagnosis after being diagnosed with late stage Ovarian Cancer in 2011, she explains her motivation on the Fund site gillharlerfund.org:

‘’You know, very soon after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer one thing becomes very clear. Far too many women are diagnosed at later stages of the disease when treatment is much more difficult. Many of them report that they simply ignored the symptoms assuming it was just part of getting older. Of those that did eventually see a doctor, some, like myself, find that they are assumed to have a less serious condition, in my case IBS. It doesn’t take much working out to realise that if more women were diagnosed earlier then more lives could be saved. If this fund and my efforts lead to just one woman being diagnosed earlier than she might otherwise have been, then when my time comes, I can rest easy in knowing I made a difference.”

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How Medisave Gives Back to a Great Cause

Here at Medisave, we are great believers in the idea of Corporate Social Responsibility. Put simply, this means we think that, as a successful company, we have a moral obligation to give something back to the global community of which we are a part.

Since 2007 we’ve had the privilege of supporting The Butterfly Tree, a UK charity working with communities in Zambia suffering from HIV, malaria and poverty. The charity provides funds to construct bore holes, improve health and education facilities, create feeding programmes so that children can eat when they’re at school and provide malaria and HIV prevention.

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