We may only be halfway through Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but what a whirlwind it’s been so far! With BreastFest in full swing, we’ve been busy bees trying to make Manchester the most breast-aware city in the UK – here’s what we’ve been up to…
The BooBee Bus made its grand debut
At the beginning of the month, we finally got to unveil the BooBee Bus! Our bright-pink, bee-adorned double decker was the star of the show at its official ribbon cutting ceremony, where local dignitaries, the media, our team of BooBees and staff at Wythenshawe Hospital came out in force to get their first glimpse of the bus. The atmosphere was buzzing as the crowd listened to speeches by Margo Cornish, organiser of BreastFest, and Prevent founder Lester Barr, before getting a sneak peek inside the BooBee Bus before it took to the streets.
In the first week we were at the town hall in Manchester city centre, before heading off to a range of locations across Greater Manchester, including the University of Manchester, Wythenshawe Forum and Spinningfields, encouraging the women (and men!) of the city to hop on board and learn all about breast awareness. The BooBee Bus will be making its way around the city for the rest of the month, so make sure to drop by to meet the BooBees!
The Change + Check Bus
And then there were two! We were delighted to announce our involvement in Lorraine’s Change + Check campaign, which educates women on the importance of checking their breasts. Their Boob Bus headed up to Manchester to join forces with our BooBee Bus. Stationed outside the Great Northern, the women of the city were encouraged to visit the buses to meet the inspirational women on board and learn some potentially life-saving advice.
The Afternoon Bee
Our highly-anticipated Afternoon Bee event – an afternoon tea with a difference – was every bit as incredible as we’d hoped! The event kicked off with the BooBee Talk, an informative talk hosted by Michelle Eagleton and featuring a panel of experts who work alongside Prevent Breast Cancer.
After the talk – and a few canapes – our glamorous attendees headed into the venue, which had to be seen to be believed! The venue was adorned with stunning floral displays, flooded with pink lights and surrounded by light-up beehives, which made the perfect setting for our guests as they enjoyed their healthy afternoon tea. After everyone was seated, our incredible team of BooBees took to the stage, where they were greeted with rapturous applause from the audience.
We had an afternoon full of fun and entertainment – Manchester’s favourite crooner Paul Pashley serenaded the audience and our BooBees and the Destiny Choir sung for us, before a team of women who formed the collective ‘Tits Up’ gave a touching performance depicting their experiences of breast cancer. Next up, we had a brilliant turn from performer Annie Handbag, followed by a hilarious set by comedienne Mandy Tootill. And for the big finale? Well, that would be the Figleaves catwalk show, where some of our fabulous supporters dared to bare all!
The whole event was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, but everyone had a brilliant time – we’d like to thank everyone that helped to put together the Afternoon Bee, as well as all of our performers, our BooBees and everyone that came along and made it such a special day.
There’s still time to get involved in BreastFest, whether it’s by treating yourself from our BooBee shop or doing a bit of fundraising, as every penny you raise will go towards helping to create a future free from breast cancer. You can also get involved by stopping by the BooBee Bus, so make sure to pay us a visit!