Young Chai’s ‘Breast Friends Forever’ Event raises over £2,000 for Chai


Following the tremendous success of last year’s BFF breast cancer awareness events at Chai’s flagship centre in Hendon, Miss Joanna Franks, Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon at UCLH and the Wellington Hospital, returned as guest speaker on Wednesday 21st of February.

Over 100 ladies attended the BFF and pampering evening at Chai’s Flagship centre. Chai’s Young Chai committee organised and hosted the event, raising over £2,000 which will be put towards Chai’s vital services.

The evening was packed full with relaxing and therapeutic treatments and workshops lead by trained therapists and beauty experts. Guests could indulge in some serious pampering with mini-manicures, make overs, massage, reflexology, bra fittings and so much more!

Guest speaker, Joanna Franks, educated the capacity filled Lecture Hall on how to examine their breasts and what signs and symptoms to look out for. Joanna said: “What I hear a lot is that people are really nervous to examine themselves because they are worried about what they might find. But to put it into perspective, if 20 people come to my breast clinic, 19 will go home being told that they are absolutely fine.

You need to examine yourself once a month and no more than that. If you notice anything you will need to be examined by your GP and then you will more than likely be sent to the breast clinic.

If you are in the position that you are diagnosed with a cancer, do not rush into treatment, take a step back and breathe. The most important thing is that you are with a team that you feel confident with and you can talk to.”

Following the event, Young Chai Committee member, Amy Steele said: “We planned this event to raise awareness of breast cancer amongst the younger generation. Checking for lumps is something that many young girls are anxious about, and we felt it was important to relieve their worries and provide education on how to do so. We wanted this event to give people the chance to ask all of the questions they are too afraid of hearing the answers to, in a comfortable and relaxed setting at Chai."

Chai’s Chairman, Louise Hager, said: “Joanna Franks was incredible, providing accurate information and reassurance with a good measure of humour. The evening was a huge success and was in fact oversubscribed. All the positive feedback shows the importance of such an event is and as a result we are now planning to do more of these events at our 11 centres across the UK.”