Into The Light event at Grantham House to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer

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A major fundraising event is hosted by a local breast cancer survivor to benefit two charities.

The Into The Light charity night on April 9 is hosted at Grantham House by Rachael Bradley, co-founder of local support group Breast Friends Grantham, and will raise money for Breast Cancer Now and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Rachael, who works in South Kesteven District Council’s hire services team, is appealing to local businesses for donations to help organize the event, which will feature local professional singers including the new “Relight my Choir” conducted by Kelly Warner.

Rachael Bradley, co-founder of local support group Breast Friends Grantham. (55319941)

Companies interested in supporting the event can email Rachael at [email protected]

Rachael underwent chemotherapy for breast cancer in 2020 during lockdown and her first fundraising venture saw her invite donations to shave her head during treatment.

She said: “My aim was to raise £500 for MacMillan and by the time the hair shave was completed almost £4,500 had been donated. It’s a huge testament to the support of family, friends, our local community and fellow council members.

“My diagnosis has made me passionate about raising awareness and raising money for these charities who work tirelessly to help provide cancer treatment and fund research to find a cure for this terrible disease.

“The goal of Into The Light is to raise funds and awareness for men and women about breast cancer in our local community. I am so lucky to say that I am now in remission and thriving.

SKDC Chief Executive Karen Bradford said: “Rachael is an inspiration to all of us and we are very proud to have such a caring individual on our team.

“From a start, this group has only grown and grown, showing the immense value of the support and help they offer. Rachael’s latest plan for large-scale fundraising deserves to be a huge success.

Rachael received support from Councilor Annie Mason, a cabinet member for Safer People and Communities, who donated £500 from her ward member grant.

When Rachael was diagnosed with stage 2 primary breast cancer during the lockdown, there was no local support group available and the pandemic made it more difficult to access individual support.

She teamed up with longtime friend Sara Green, who had previously beaten breast cancer, to create Breast Friends Grantham.

The group helps anyone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, is undergoing treatment or has completed treatment, including family and friends who may also need support.

Breast Friends now has about 75 members. Monthly get-togethers are held in a secure space at the Beehive Community Hub in Grantham where coffee and cookies are offered and guest speakers are happy to answer questions related to cancer and general well-being.

Breast Friends has a secure Facebook page (breastfriendsgrantham) if anyone would like to join, and more information is available by emailing [email protected]



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