As well as anniversaries and Halloween, October is an important month for another reason; it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, the month of pink. It’s also #TheBlogRace challenge number four, which is all about raising awareness for something important. Breast cancer is something that’s affected my family, and something that remains close to my heart. I’m sharing some of the amazing charities that are offering important support for the people who need it – if you have a spare fiver today, then I can’t think of any thing better to donate to this month.
Look Good Feel Better
I will start this with saying that I used to work with the charity – doing the PR for their makeup brushes. The makeup brushes are amazing, by the way… It doesn’t mean I’m biased in favour of them, just that I got to meet the people running the organisation and they’ve always got a special place in my heart. The people running the charity are the most inspiring, powerful and compassionate people I’ve had the pleasure of working with. The charity runs workshops across the country (they’re global, too), giving classes to women and teenagers to help them fight the visible signs of cancer. I’ve been to a workshop, and it’s just so powerful seeing women all having the power of makeup shown to them. When my auntie had cancer, I know that she felt less glamorous than before she was ill. We went wig shopping together and I taught her how to contour; the little things that we take for granted in terms of facing the world aren’t yours anymore when you’re suffering from cancer. That’s where LGFB comes in, with their amazingly powerful and transformative workshops. They’re always looking for MUAs to volunteer to lead the lessons, and you can see all their information on fundraising here. £50 to be donated here funds a person’s place at one of the workshops, and they’re also only 3% away from securing the funds to support five brand new workshop locations across the UK.
The entire ethos between this charity is that it encourages women to know their boobs and give them the best possible chance of beating breast cancer. They attend schools, universities, festivals and more, spreading the word. They recommend checking once per month so you’d notice any potential irregularities as soon as possible. £5 donated right here helps to fund 100 messages a month, sent from the charity to remind women to check their boobs.
This charity offers something for women who have been diagnosed or who are suffering from breast cancer – a physical space where support is offered for those who need it. I think at a time when you’ve been diagnosed and feeling afraid, having the spaces offered to provide counselling and a non-medical safe place is invaluable. Future Dreams was founded by a mother & daughter, who both sadly passed away from breast cancer, but their safe haven lives on. You can donate £5 right here for Future Dreams.
This post was definitely emotional to write, but I’m so glad I did because each of the above charities are so, so important and if I could just raise a teeny tiny bit of awareness for them, then I’d be happy. They’re all doing absolutely amazing work for the women who need it, and raising awareness for something important.