How You can Fundraise for the Breast Cancer Research and Support Fund
Breast Cancer Support is the first UK charity to focus on delivering breast cancer support to people living in poverty-stricken countries. We believe that everyone should have access to life-saving diagnosis and treatment no matter where in the world they live. To carry out our life-saving work, we rely on the efforts of volunteers like you to raise money for our breast cancer research and support fund.
Breast Cancer Fundraising Can be Easy
Breast cancer fundraising does not have to be laborious or difficult. In the UK, there are many organised events taking place all year, every year. All you need to do is choose one that challenges or inspires you, enter the event, and then start raising sponsorship. Many people can be deterred from fundraising as they do not want the bother of collecting sponsorship money after the event and sending it to the organisation. With us it is simple. You can create a Just Giving page through Breast Cancer Support which allows people to sponsor you directly using a debit or credit card. This means that once you have completed the event, all of the money you have raised is sent directly to us, allowing us to continue delivering our life-saving programs.
When you set up your Just Giving fundraising page you will be given a unique web link. You can send this link to friends and family and also share it on social media to raise awareness of your fundraising efforts and to make it easy for people to sponsor you. It is also possible to set a target and see a running total of how much you have raised so far which can be very motivational for you and your sponsors. Use the space on this page to write a little bit about the event and tell your prospective sponsors why you are taking on the challenge. This makes your page more personal and will encourage sponsorship.
Raise Money for our Breast Cancer Fund
Get involved with raising money for our breast cancer fund by taking on one of these challenges:
The London Marathon
If you are lucky enough to secure a place in the Virgin London Marathon, we would be delighted if you would consider running for us. With almost 38,000 runners taking on the challenge, this iconic marathon is one of the largest in the world and takes place on closed roads around Central London. If you are not lucky in securing a place in the ballot, there are many more marathons taking place in the UK all year round, although the peak time is from Spring through to Autumn. The Brighton Marathon is a popular substitute to the London Marathon and also takes place in April.
The Great North Run
The Simply Health Great North Run takes place in September and is the biggest half marathon in the world, with over 57,000 people taking part. The race starts just outside of Newcastle City Centre and the 13.1 mile routes takes runners into Newcastle Upon Tyne and over the Tyne bridge into Gateshead. If you’re lucky, you may see the Red Arrows flying overhead. The race then ends in South Shields on the North East Coast. The Great North Run is famous for its warm local support along the entirety of the route. Registration is via ballot which opens on their website in January.
Three Peaks Challenge
The Three Peaks Challenge takes place between May and October. Participants climb the three highest peaks in Britain; Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, and Snowdon, usually in 24 hours or less. This event is often completed as part of a team so get your friends involved too! With over 3,000 meters of climbing, plus travel between the locations, this event is a rewarding challenge. You can also take on the Welsh Three Peaks Challenge or the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge for a scaled down version of the main event.
The London Triathlon
Open water triathlons take place around the UK from the beginning of May until September. Triathlon involves swimming, cycling and running consecutively and is the fastest growing sport in the UK, with people of all abilities and fitness levels having a go. The AJ Bell London Triathlon is one of the biggest in the UK and caters to many charity entrants. It is perfect for beginners to the sport as it offers a range of distances and the swim takes place in the sheltered Royal Albert Dock.
A relatively new event, Velothon Wales takes place in July and sees over 15,000 cyclists taking on a completely closed road route through the beautiful countryside of South Wales. Starting and finishing in Cardiff City Centre, two distances are available. Riders can tackle 110km or 140km, both of which take in some challenging climbs.
These are some ideas to get started with, but you can raise money for our breast cancer research and support fund by entering any pre-arranged event and using your Just Giving page to raise sponsorship.
How Our Breast Cancer Research and Support Fund is Used
Breast cancer is a leading cause of death and disability in women in developing countries. The disparity in survival rates between high income countries and low income countries is huge. In North America the survival rate is over 80% however this drops to below 40% in low-income countries (Coleman et al., 2008). This situation has arisen due to a lack of early detection, resulting in a high proportion of women presenting at a more advanced stage. The problem is compounded by a lack of adequate diagnosis and treatment facilities. Our breast cancer research and support fund provides the resources we need to educate and inform women so that they may recognise the symptoms of breast cancer and seek a diagnosis earlier. We also help people access treatment and provide support throughout the process. We are only able to do this with the generous support of people like you.