Breast cancer survivors make a splash with rubber ducks

PUBLISHED: 15:27 06 October 2010

Claire King (left) and Lynne Perry

Claire King (left) and Lynne Perry


Two breast cancer survivors have launched a range of designer rubber ducks to raise money for a charity which helped save their lives.

Lynne Perry, 45, and Clare King, 41, who work at Plumstead Manor School, in Old Mill Road, Plumstead, showed off the limited-edition ducks, specially designed by Hollywood star Minnie Driver and EastEnders favourite landlady Barbara Windsor.

The ducks were created to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s fundraising campaign, “Join the fight for women’s survival”.

The campaign aims to make all women aware of the risk of breast cancer and to raise money to fund life-saving research.

Mother-of-two Ms Perry was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2008. She became friends with Mrs King, who was diagnosed two years earlier when she was just 37.

She said: “We are living proof that research into breast cancer leads to effective treatments and saves lives.

“But this research is very expensive so Cancer Research UK needs everyone in the South-east to raise money to fund its doctors, nurses and scientists, who are working on the front-line against the disease.”

The two mothers decided to get involved in the breast cancer awareness campaign after the support they received from the charity during their fight with the disease.

Ms Perry said: “Being told I had cancer was the worst day of my life. My sons were just 14 and 12 at the time and my youngest, George, said: are you going to die of this mum?

“It was heartbreaking”

Mrs King said: “My world fell apart, but one really good thing to emerge is the great bond I now have with Lynne.”

She was successfully treated with a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery and is now receiving hormonal therapy treatment. Ms Perry has been treated successfully with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

The rubber ducks also contain information on how to look for any abnormal changes in either breast. They are priced at £4.99.

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