Caring friend plans event to battle breast cancer in Portsmouth

The Harvest Home in Copnor Road. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150728-551)
The Harvest Home in Copnor Road. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150728-551)
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COMPASSION for a friend with cancer has prompted a Portsmouth woman to organise a family fun day.

Julie Francis, 47, is planning a Big Pink Family Fun Day for Sunday, October 11 at the Harvest Home pub in Copnor to raise money for Breast Cancer Care.

Julie said she wanted to organise the ‘Big Pink’ event in aid of a close friend, Kiera, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Julie, who works as a pub manager, said: ‘I wanted to do something to support my friend and her family and to reach out to others who have experienced breast cancer to join us. It would be amazing for Kiera to know she’s not alone and help her to stay positive during her fight.’

Visitors to the pub will be encouraged to colour their hair pink at the fundraiser, which will run from midday to 11.30pm.

There will also be activities and games including tombola, a bouncy castle, pony rides, sponsored hair waxing, nail painting, a darts tournament and a barbecue.

Julie said: ‘This is my first charity event for breast cancer and I will strive for it to be a success with lots of people hoping to raise as much money as we can.

‘There are very few people who have not been affected by cancer in one way or another and I wanted to create a supportive network for people throughout our local community.’

Breast Cancer Care fundraising officer Natalie Lloyd said: ‘We’re so grateful to Julie for holding a Big Pink event in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

‘We rely on supporters like Julie to ensure we can continue to provide our vital information and emotional support network for free.

‘With one in eight women developing breast cancer in their lifetime, there has never been such an urgent need for our support services.’

For more information call Julie on 07920 024 409 or e-mail

nBreast Cancer Care is encouraging people to hold their own Big Pink fundraisers so that they can continue to support people with breast cancer. To find out more visit