Former breast cancer sufferer from Seaham to don bright bra for midnight fundraiser

Wendy Stuart from Seaham.
Wendy Stuart from Seaham.
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A former breast cancer sufferer from Seaham is taking part in a midnight walk to raise money for charity.

Wendy Stuart, 44 will wear bright-coloured underwear along with 40 of her friends family and colleagues from the Mission Foods wrap factory in Seaham.

Before I was diagnosed I never imagined that breast cancer could be something that would happen to me

Wendy Stuart

They set off on Saturday night for the 5 mile walk to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

Having received the all-clear from breast cancer in July, Wendy said she is keen to raise awareness of the disease.

Wendy said: “Before I was diagnosed I never imagined that breast cancer could be something that would happen to me.

“But while receiving treatment, it shocked me just how many women of my age or younger are affected.

“If we can encourage one person to check for abnormalities, then walking through the night will be worth it.”

This October, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Wendy’s employer has pledged to donate £50,000 from the sales of their limited edition pink packs to Breast Cancer Care.

Managing director Peter Ellis, who is also joining the walk, said: “We are extremely proud to be walking alongside Wendy this Sunday.

“Wendy is such an inspirational woman, who has fought this disease every step of the way, while always staying extremely positive.

“This is our chance to help her to raise awareness of this amazing cause and secure some extra funds for our charity partner.”

Zoe Pate, corporate partnerships manager at Breast Cancer Care, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Mission Foods for the third year.

“Every 10 minutes, another person in the UK is diagnosed with breast cancer and its devastating effects impact thousands of us every day.

“The funds raised through our partnership with Mission Foods will help us provide a lifeline of care, support and information for anyone facing breast cancer, from day one.”

For more information about the charity, visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk