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“Breast of friends” raise over £8,000 for charity – and plan to tackle the Indian Himalayas next 

TWO Bridgwater friends who were both diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 29 have smashed their fundraising target for the breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel. 

When Hannah Bristow was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, little did she know one of her best friends, Helen Acland was undergoing tests on her way to being diagnosed. 

Following a rollercoaster year of appointments, tests, treatment and tears, the pair decided to raise money for CoppaFeel, which encourages young people to check their chest regularly, by joining a group of like-minded trekkers to conquer the Indian Himalayas in November. 

The friends set an ambitious fundraising target of £7,200. Having already raised £5,000 through donations, they then decided to hold an interactive, smartphone-based quiz night, organised by local company The Quiz Hosts on June 2 at The Cornhill pub in Bridgwater, where over 130 people turned up ready to put their knowledge to the test. 

The quiz night, which also saw a raffle being held with prizes donated by local businesses, proved to be a success with £3,038 raised, bringing their total to over £8,000. 

Friends and family turned out to support the event

Speaking on the success of the quiz night, Hannah and Helen said: “We are so grateful to everyone who came out to support this event and help make a difference.  

“The night was amazing, and we raised an incredible amount of money for a great cause. Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible.” 

Mirko Fisher, manager of The Cornhill pub in Bridgwater said: “At The Cornhill we are more than happy to help with events like this.  

“The pub is and always should be community driven, helping where needed and bringing the community together with amazing fund-raising activities.  

“Primarily this has been organised by the girls and our quizmaster Chris. All we have done is provide the venue. Good luck with the fund-raising guys!” 

Local radio presenter and quiz host Chris Hill said: “When Hannah and Helen asked if we’d put on a quiz – it was a no-brainer! I’ve followed their story since they first went public.  

“They’ve been incredibly brave to share their experience and raise so much awareness. Their actions today will undoubtedly save lives tomorrow.” 

You can follow the journey via Hannah and Helen’s Instagram page “_breastoffriends”. 

Find out more about CoppaFeel by visiting their website.

 

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