On the Wednesday 16th September, The Charity Committee went to a conference at Wythenshawe hospital, conducted by the charity ‘Genesis’. Genesis is the only UK charity entirely dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer.
Whilst there, the six of us were given a tour of the clinic, named ‘The Nightingale Centre’. This is where most research, scans, and aftercare for any sufferers of breast cancer take place. We were shocked by the vast numbers of records of people who had been checked for breast cancer in the clinic; it was huge surprise considering the small space they had to do all of their work.
We also learned a lot about the dangers of breast cancer, and it was clear to see that all of the volunteers and workers, through their talks, were passionate about the work they are doing. We learned, for example, that currently 1 in 10 women in the UK will develop breast cancer- and 1 in 1000 men can get breast cancer too. Genesis made it clear that their aim is to ‘create a breast cancer free future for the next generation’.
We are currently planning and thinking of some ideas to raise some money for the charity, which you will be told about soon. We hope you will get involved, and help us and Genesis by joining the fight to ‘make 1 in 10, none in 10.’
Lena U, Year 11, Charity Committee.