‘The support has been overwhelming’ – Stevenage woman with breast cancer to host afternoon tea party for special cause

Julie Foster

Julie Foster - Credit: Archant

A woman diagnosed with breast cancer just four months ago is holding an afternoon tea party to raise money for the charity which has supported her through her illness.

Julie Foster, of Parker’s Field in Stevenage, was diagnosed following a routine mammogram in April and had a lumpectomy the following month.

The 59-year-old, who runs a personal development company for women in business called Damsels in Success, must have radiotherapy in September.

Julie said: “They found the cancer early, the surgery was successful and my prognosis is good. I feel passionately about helping to fund support for women going through similar experiences.”

Her afternoon tea event takes place from 3pm to 5pm tomorrow at the George and Dragon pub in Graveley High Street, raising money for Breast Cancer Care.

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Founded in 1973, the charity 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 cause also campaigns for improvements in standards of support and care and promotes the importance of early detection.

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Julie has dozens of clients, family and friends attending the event and is encouraging members of the public to head down to the pub for a tasty treat.

There will also be an auction, raffle, live music, decorated bra competition and face painting.

Julie, who has three children and four grandchildren, said: “The support from people has been overwhelming. More than 100 tickets have been sold, so it should be a good afternoon. Many generous people have donated prizes for our raffle and auction.

“I’m hoping to raise £750, but whatever I raise will be amazing. Barclays Bank have kindly offered to attend and match our funding so Breast Cancer Care will get maximum benefit from our efforts to have fun.”

Tickets to the event, which can be bought at the pub on the day, are £5, of which £2.50 will be donated to the cause.

To find out more visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk.

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