Letters, April 1 2022

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Call to sign up to cancer challenge

In the UK, 1,000 people die from breast cancer every month – that’s 1,000 too many.

Most of those deaths are from secondary breast cancer, which occurs when breast cancer cells spread from the first (primary) cancer in the breast to other parts of the body.

Secondary breast cancer can be treated but not cured, so we urgently need to do more for people affected by this incurable disease.

Breast Cancer Now is calling on readers to pledge to raise £1,000 by December 31 – from bake sales, to getting sponsored to walk or run; however you choose to raise the funds, you’ll make a difference by supporting research, care and campaigns for anyone affected by incurable breast cancer.

We need more research. Every day in the lab brings us closer to a future where everyone with breast cancer lives and is supported to live well. Help us get there faster.

Help us create a future where people with secondary breast cancer get more precious moments with the people they love, and to do the things they love – sign up to our £1,000 Challenge today at breastcancernow.org/1000_challenge

Rachael Franklin, director of fundraising, communications and engagement, Breast Cancer Now.

Sign up for Soccer Aid Schools Challenge

With the days lengthening and temperatures slowly rising, kids can be outside again, doing what all children should – playing.

Muddy knees, hide-and-seek and picnics with teddy bears should be part of every childhood but there’s never been a more challenging time for children.

Right now, children are facing conflict, disasters and other crises in countries around the world. And it is children that are often hardest hit – like the 7.5 million children currently affected by the rapidly escalating conflict in Ukraine.

One way to support UNICEF’s work for all children around the world is taking part in the Soccer Aid Schools Challenge.

We’re encouraging all schools in Scotland to take part in this fun, active challenge.

Pupils design their very own sporty obstacle course, with all fundraising efforts going towards Soccer Aid for UNICEF.

If you think this is something your local school would be interested in, please visit www.socceraid.org.uk/schools to sign up, and you’ll receive a free Schools Challenge pack full of tips, from planning your challenge, to making sure it raises as much money as possible for children everywhere.

Mimi Gordon, head of Soccer Aid, UNICEF UK.