SkinBase reach £10,000 target
Our month-long campaign to raise money for Breast Cancer in memory of Rachael Bland has come to an end. We have reached a phenomenal amount and we are so grateful to all our therapists who have helped us. £10,664 was the final total, which includes donations on our JustGiving page. All the money raised from treatments performed during October will be donated to Breast Cancer Now.
Breast Cancer Now
Money raised for Breast Cancer Now goes towards important research to understand more about how breast cancer develops. Thus improving early detection and ensures that those most likely to be diagnosed with Breast Cancer are being screened regularly. Let’s make sure no little boy or girl has to grow up without their Mum. Find out why SkinBase chose to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year…
SkinBase chose to help this amazing cause this year in memory of Rachael Bland
SkinBase’s co-founder and owner, Richard Faulkner, met Rachael and her husband, Steve, at an NCT group in 2015 when Rachael was pregnant with Freddie and Richard’s wife, Hannah was pregnant with their first child. The group became extremely close, with their children creating lasting friendships💗.
You, Me and the Big C
Following her diagnosis, Rachael launched the BBC podcast You, Me and the Big C with fellow cancer bloggers, Lauren Mahon and Deborah James. Discussing the highs and lows of life with cancer, and all that came in between, the trio welcomed a host of celebrities and medical experts to provide advice and share their own stories. The podcast shed light on some of the real-life hurdles that came with a cancer diagnosis. The podcast became a huge hit and received high praise from cancer patients and medical experts💗.
Tragically the Cancer had spread
In early 2018, whilst still recording the podcast, Rachael participated in a clinical trial of experimental treatment. This was unfortunately unsuccessful and in May 2018, Rachael announced that her cancer had spread and was incurable. Despite this, she continued to blog and run the podcast whilst at the same time writing a memoir for her four-year-old son, Freddie. The Sunday Times bestseller, ‘For Freddie’, was Rachael’s life story in her own words, including advice that only a Mum can give her son and was part of a legacy that she left for him💗.
Continuing the Legacy
Rachael tragically died on 5th September 2018, just two years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Steve is continuing his wife’s legacy, working on the podcast and raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer.