Hundreds pack out Portsmouth pub in support of mum with breast cancer

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PUB punters pulled together and packed out their local to show support for a mum-of-three who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Hundreds of people turned up to the Big Pink Family Fun Day, held at the Harvest Home pub, in Copnor Road, Copnor, yesterday.

Organiser Julie Francis, left with Kiera Baillie, 32, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and her children, from left, Monet Quinell, eight, Stanley Quinell, three, and Teddy Quinell, 15 months''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151671-1)

Organiser Julie Francis, left with Kiera Baillie, 32, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and her children, from left, Monet Quinell, eight, Stanley Quinell, three, and Teddy Quinell, 15 months''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151671-1)

The event had been organised by pub manager Julie Francis to raise money for charity Breast Cancer Care after her close friend Kiera Baillie was diagnosed with the disease in August.

Kiera, from Daulston Road, is due to have a mastectomy on Friday, followed by four months of intense chemotherapy, so she was enjoying herself at the day ahead of her treatment.

She said: ‘The day has been brilliant. I didn’t think it would be this busy. It’s great.’

The 32-year-old has three children, 15-month-old Teddy, three-year-old Stanley and eight-year-old Monet, who all enjoyed the fun day.

Her stepdad Gary Arnold also got involved and raised hundreds of pounds by having his chest waxed.

Lots of regulars dyed their hair pink, including Julie, to add to the total.

Dressed in their best pink outfits were regulars Damo Dunn and Rob Cheer.

Damo, 36, said: ‘It is brilliant. The whole community has come out and you can’t move in the pub. Plus they’ve sold an unbelievable number of raffle tickets.’

Rob, 40, said: ‘It is superb. It is for a great charity.

‘Everyone has showed up. All the people who pop in throughout the year have come down. It’s a fantastic turnout.’

As well as lots of activities inside the pub, such as cake sales, sweets and singing, a packed garden also saw a bouncy castle, pony rides, face painting and a barbecue.

More than 60 prizes were donated to the raffle and many others pitched in and donated auction lots.

Julie, 47, said: ‘It has been amazing. The one thing we did want to do is thank everybody, everyone who has helped, donated and got together. It has been overwhelming.’

To make a donation go to justgiving.com/Kiera-Baillie1/?utm_id=25