During October, SkinBase will be donating £1 for every treatment carried out to the inspirational charity, Breast Cancer Now. We’re excited because we know that with the help of our SkinBase therapist network carrying out these treatments we can really make a huge impact and a massive donation to this fantastic charity. But to do this –we need everyone to treat themselves to a facial (hey that doesn’t sound too difficult does it?!).
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and one in eight women in the UK will face breast cancer in their lifetime. We’ve all been touched in some way by Breast Cancer, here’s the story that touched us…
In November 2016, Welsh journalist and BBC news reader, Rachael Bland, aged 40, was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer💗.
SkinBase’s co-founder and owner, Richard Faulkner, met Rachael and her husband, Steve, at an NCT group in 2015 when Rachael was pregnant with Freddie and Richard’s wife, Hannah was pregnant with their first child. The group became extremely close, with their children creating lasting friendships💗.
You, Me and the Big C
Following her diagnosis, Rachael launched the BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C with fellow cancer bloggers, Lauren Mahon and Deborah James. Discussing the highs and lows of life with cancer, and all that came in between, the trio welcomed a host of celebrities and medical experts to provide advice and share their own stories. The podcast shed light on some of the real-life hurdles that came with a cancer diagnosis, and explored issues in human, humorous detail. The podcast became a huge hit and received high praise from cancer patients and medical experts💗.
In early 2018, whilst still recording the podcast, Rachael participated in a clinical trial of experimental treatment at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, in an attempt to prevent or postpone the spread of her cancer. This was unsuccessful and in May 2018, Rachael announced that her cancer had spread and was incurable. Despite this, she continued to blog and run the podcast whilst at the same time writing a memoir for her four-year-old son, Freddie. The Sunday Times bestseller, ‘For Freddie’, was Rachael’s life story in her own words, including advice that only a Mum can give her son and was part of a legacy that she left for him💗.
Continuing a Legacy
Rachael tragically died on 5th September, just two years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Steve is continuing his wife’s legacy, working on the podcast and raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer. SkinBase is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month for Rachael and for all the amazing women who are or have battled Breast Cancer
You can help us raise lots of money by simply booking in for a facial during October with your nearest SkinBase therapist. We will donate a £1 from the treatment to the Breast Cancer Now charity. The more treatments there are, the more money we will raise for this amazing charity.
Wear it Pink
The SkinBase team will be ‘Wearing it Pink’ on Friday 18th October and taking part in a sponsored row. We have set up a Just Giving page with an initial target of £1000 that we are hoping to smash through quickly and, of course, all the £1’s from the SkinBase treatments will be added to this to give our final fundraising total. Click the link below to donate now.