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Erith fundraiser launches breast cancer campaign

PUBLISHED: 10:59 12 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:59 13 January 2016

Lois Fitzgerald and her colleague, Laura Cook

Lois Fitzgerald and her colleague, Laura Cook

John Angerson

Lois Fitzgerald, 25, is calling on others in the borough to emulate the £4,000 she has raised for Breast Cancer Now this year

An Erith fundraiser has been selected to front a new campaign by the UK’s leading breast cancer charity.

Lois Fitzgerald, 25, took part in a photoshoot to help encourage the nation to fundraise in fun and effective ways for Breast Cancer Now as part of its ‘now is good’ campaign.

The campaign will encourage new and existing supporters to commit to raising money for breast cancer research and to make a difference to the lives of those affected by the disease.

Ms Fitzgerald works at St Catherine’s Catholic School in Bexleyheath where a number of staff have been directly affected by breast cancer, which kills nearly 12,000 women in the UK every year.

She organises fundraising events within the school, which include gala dinners, pink days, fun runs and raffles, involving staff, students and parents, and this year alone has raised over £4,000 for Breast Cancer Now.

“This is a cause so close to my heart,” she said.

“Thanks to incredible research breakthroughs, more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before, but more than 30 women still die from the disease every day in the UK.

“If research has the funding it needs to continue, by 2050, Breast Cancer Now believes everyone who faces breast cancer will live.

“I want everybody in Bexley to join me and help fundraise for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research to stop women dying of breast cancer in the future, and it starts right now, with each of us.”

Colin Norford, assistant director of national fundraising at Breast Cancer Now, said: “Breast cancer is a heartbreaking disease, and when we hear that yet another life has been lost, it feels like we’re powerless against it.

“But there is something we can do – we are the generation that can change the future for good.

“We know that there are thousands of people out there who have considered fundraising for charity or who are already out there doing it – so we want to encourage them to make 2016 the year they all come together to achieve even more.”

Sign up for your free fundraising pack at www.breastcancernow.org/nowisgood

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