Stevenage breast cancer sufferer raises more than £1,000 for those battling illness after diagnosis four months ago

Julie Foster with her husband Kevin at the fundraiser.

Julie Foster with her husband Kevin at the fundraiser. - Credit: Archant

A woman diagnosed with breast cancer just four months ago has raised more than £1,000 to help other women battling the illness.

Julie Foster, of Parker’s Field in Stevenage, held an afternoon tea party at the George and Dragon pub in Graveley High Street to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

The 59-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer following a routine mammogram in April and had a lumpectomy the following month.

She is due to have radiotherapy from next month, but has been told her prognosis is good.

Julie, who runs a personal development company for women in business called Damsels in Success, said she felt passionately about helping to fund support for other women going through a similar experience to her.

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Earlier this month, dozens of her friends, family and clients headed to the George and Dragon to enjoy afternoon tea, live music, an auction, raffle and decorated bra competition.

Julie, who has three children and four grandchildren, said: “We had a wonderful turnout and a fun afternoon, despite the weather letting us down.

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“We managed to raise over £1,000, with money still coming in. I am really grateful for all the contributions of raffle prizes and auction items, which boosted funds on the day. I would like to thank everyone involved in making this event a success.”

Founded in 1973, Breast Cancer Care combines the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise to offer information and emotional and practical support – often bringing people affected by breast cancer together.

The charity also campaigns for improvements in standards of support and care and promotes the importance of early detection.

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