Cake Bake at Business Environment Raises Funds for Charity
Administration Assistant Leanne, who has worked at BE for three years, organised the sale and baked the cakes with the help of her colleagues, before selling them to clients and staff at the centres.
The team raised ┬ú290 for the charity, which was topped up by Directors of BE to bring the total to ┬ú400.
Leanne’s mother, Sylvia, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009 but she was able to beat the disease after it was recognised in its early stages.
“It took more than five visits to the doctors over a period of three weeks for my mum to finally be given an ultrasound,” said Leanne. “A cyst the size of a melon was located and, after further blood tests and an MRI scan, she was diagnosed with an Ovarian Cystic Mass which contained early stages of aggressive cancer.
“Neither my mum nor any of my family recognised the signs, in fact we thought she had irritable bowel syndrome, which ovarian cancer is commonly mistaken for.”
Leanne explained that unlike cervical or breast cancer, there is currently no national screening programme for ovarian cancer. “So it’s vital that women have better awareness of the symptoms and the confidence to ask their GP to rule it out,” she said.
The funds raised by the BE team have been donated to Target Ovarian Cancer which will help to continue their vital work, including raising awareness of the disease and its symptoms, giving more women a better chance of survival.
Happily, Sylvia received treatment in August 2009 and was told that she had beaten the disease.
“It’s amazing to think that my mum has made a full recovery,” said Leanne. “She’s been through so much and I hope the money raised through the generous help of my Business Environment colleagues can help more women going through the same battle.”
She added: “The Bristol team really deserve a big pat on the back for doing such a good job organising the cake sale and raising much needed funds, and I know it will help Target Ovarian Cancer to make a difference.”
Find out more about Target Ovarian Cancer online at www.targetovariancancer.org.uk.