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Afternoon tea raises thousands for breast cancer patients on Merseyside

pink partyA pink-themed afternoon tea in the heart of Liverpool has raised over £3,000 to help effectively diagnose women with breast cancer earlier and more accurately.

R Charity’s Afternoon Tea at 30 James Street, part of their Pink Party campaign for October, invited women and men from across Merseyside to come together for an afternoon of cakes, wine and tea to support the charity’s £750,000 Breast Unit appeal.

In the UK, around 48,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. 6,000 patients will benefit from using the new machines each year, with an earlier, clearer diagnosis.

Guests at the event were treated to a performance from professional singer James Cockerill, and a special performance from local comedienne Pauline Daniels.

Pauline recently underwent treatment for breast cancer and wanted to lend her support to R Charity’s Pink Party campaign to help spread the early breast cancer diagnosis message.

R Charity’s afternoon tea raised a total of £3,200 for the Breast Unit in the new Royal.

The £750,000 Breast Unit appeal aims to provide three new mammography machines to the Breast Unit in the new Royal, with state-of-the-art 3D technology, providing a more-accurate diagnosis for women treated in the new hospital.

The appeal will also provide two new mammography chairs to the new Breast Unit to improve comfort for patients during their treatment.

Aimee Clare, senior community fundraising manager for R Charity, said: “It’s inspiring to see so many people come out to have some fun, while raising funds to improve the lives of thousands of women across Merseyside.

“Some of the women here today have been through the emotional and physical ordeal of breast cancer. They’re proof of how effective diagnosis can save lives, but we can still do more.”

Lisa Hall, events supervisor at 30 James Street, said: “We’ve really enjoyed hosting R Charity’s afternoon tea to raise money for their Breast Unit appeal.

“It’s great we can get involved with local charity events like this to do out bit to raise money for such a good cause.”

To find out more about how you can support R Charity’s Breast Unit appeal and host a pink party of your own, visit www.pinkparty.org.uk.