CANCER CAMPAIGNERS: Derby charity launched to help women fighting the disease

Posted: November 29, 2014

A NEW charity to give treats to women who are fighting cancer was launched in Derby last night.

Details of the Every Cloud charity were made public at an event to raise money for wigs, makeovers and treats for women with cancer.

Tracey Bricknell and Jude Weston organised the event at Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Now the pair and their friends want to do more to raise funds.

Tracey 50, of Findern, said: "It's been chaos trying to organise the event and putting it together, but it was good chaos.

"We want to do something which will help people who are fighting the disease.

"We want to make a couple of thousand tonight, and that will make a real difference to somebody's life.

"The charity will be there to put on events to raise money to give the ladies something special, like a wig, or contribute to the cost of drugs which some women need to take if they can't get them on the NHS.

"We have a lot of different fund-raising events planned and we're looking forward to making a difference."

Tracey said last night was packed with a lot of treats for the ladies-only event.

These included a disco, an auction and raffle.

She said: "A lot of people at the event are still going through cancer. My heart goes out to all of the suffers and fighters of the disease.

"We just want them to feel special and they are really inspiring to me.

"Hopefully the night, and the charity, will make it a little easier for women who have cancer.

"I would like to say a big thank-you to all of the businesses who supported the night.

"They have been brilliant by donating items for the raffle and auction.

At the event was Jackie Nicholas, 35, who was asked by a friend to pose for a photo without her make-up on, called a no-make-up selfie, a social media campaign which aimed to raise awareness of cancer.

Attached to the photo was a link which included details on how to check for cancer.

The Derby College lecturer, of Osmaston, then checked for signs of the disease and, to her horror, found a lump in her breast.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer and has since lost her hair while undergoing chemotherapy – but she is having more of the treatment while trying to launch a dance school at the same time.

Jackie will take an organising role at Every Cloud.

She said she was now looking forward to being able to help more women.

She said Jude Weston had been a "great support" to her.

Jackie added: "I have met many women through this journey who I know I will be friends for life with.

"There is very little out there for women who are fighting cancer, so to provide treats and help buy them wigs is what the charity is all about. It will mean so much to them.

"With it being Christmas, this is the time of year when people need more support."

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