Wearing a pink shirt will show support for Fareham’s The Haven

: Laura Trant, Sally Taylor and Alina Jenkins from BBC South Today wearing their pink T shirts with pride for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
: Laura Trant, Sally Taylor and Alina Jenkins from BBC South Today wearing their pink T shirts with pride for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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PULL on your best pink shirt to raise money for a vital breast cancer support centre.

BBC television presenter Sally Taylor is supporting Breast Cancer Haven, in Titchfield, by encouraging people to wear a pink shirt on Friday as part of breast cancer awareness month.

Sally, the news anchor on BBC South Today, has herself undergone a double mastectomy after cancerous cells were found. Her mother died of the disease.

She said: ‘Breast cancer affects so many of our friends and loved ones.

‘I know from personal experience how hideous the disease and treatment can be.

‘So it is wonderful to have The Haven on our doorstep, offering incredible support to anyone affected.

‘Wearing a pink shirt on October 7 not only highlights awareness of the disease and the need for regular personal checking, but is also a great way of supporting this local charity.’

Breast Cancer Haven is the UK’s only charity that offers completely free of charge, bespoke one-to-one support to improve the quality of life of anyone affected by breast cancer.

Specialist nurses and experts in nutrition, exercise, complementary therapies and emotional support provide tailor-made programmes of care for each visitor to The Haven.

The centre opened in October 2015 following an appeal to raise £2m. A property was purchased outright and completely refurbished to create a warm, non-medical environment, staffed by breast cancer experts.

Hundreds of visitors have already begun their individual therapeutic programmes.

However, there are more than 3,000 people currently undergoing breast cancer treatment in the south.

It costs £1,000 to offer each visitor 10 hours of treatments and Breast Cancer Haven relies solely on charitable donations to be able to sustain its running costs and support everyone who needs its help.

To receive a fundraising pack for Pink Shirt Day register at breastcancerhaven.org.uk. To donate, text ‘BCAM35 £5’ to 70070.