Breast cancer charity on campus

Last Wednesday, Newcastle Uni Boob Team joined by StageOne successfully hosted the first event of the year as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The ‘CoppaFeel! On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” was held at Illegitimate, Legends and brought together members of various Newcastle University societies to support the cause.

The event featured a temporary tattoo station, a mobile photo booth and team members wearing the famous big ‘boob’. For Every person who came to Legends that night the club donated 50p to CoppaFeel!.

CoppaFeel! Is the first breast cancer charity in the UK calling women to check the breast for any lumps, discolouration or irregularities on a regular basis.

The charity was set up by Kristin and Maren Hallenga in 2009 – after Kristin was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23.

The charity is aimed to inform women of breast cancer and raise money for charitable aims, while cooperating with other organisations.

The charity promotes the early detection of breast cancer among women under the age of 30 confronting the common belief that it can only affect the middle-aged group.

The Uni Boob Team encourage students to talk about breast cancer and not to be afraid to have regular checkups that could save lives of young women.

The team is made up of a group of students lead by Polly Maxted, third year philosophy student.

Maxted explained the Courier why she joined Newcastle Uni Boob Team: “I decided to get involved with CoppaFeel! After witnessing the devastating effects that breast cancer has had on friends and family.

“You don’t have to look far for someone whole life has been affected by breast cancer in some way, with 50,000 women in the UK being diagnosed last year.

She added: “The great thing about Coppafeel! Is that we are not here to scare students. Instead, we want to create a calm and comfortable atmosphere, one where we send an important message as well as having fun.”

This October the charity have been urging young women on campus to send a text “UBT Newcastle” to 70500 to get a free monthly reminder about breast check-ups.

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