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Blackburn breast surgery mum is now a ‘calendar girl’
9:40pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
BLACKBURN businesswoman Rachel White is sitting pretty as ‘Miss February’ in a new calendar that aims to raise funds for the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline.
She is one of 24 women from around the UK who have all undergone preventative mastectomies, and posed naked for the calendar.
Rachel, who owns the Sewing Room, in Accrington, had a genetic test in 2009, after both her sister and cousin were diagnosed with breast cancer.
She was found to have the same faulty BRCA1 gene as Angelina Jolie, Sharon Osborne and Michelle Heaton.
Rachel said: “After I was diagnosed, I found the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline through Facebook, and it was just great to be able to talk to other people in my situation.
“We decided to all have a weekend away together last year, and we started to think about how we could raise money for the helpline and Wendy, the founder of the helpline, suggested a calendar.”
The women were each sponsored £200 to put towards the cost of the photoshoot, at Model Montor Studio, in Chesterfield.
Rachel’s sponsorship came from her sister’s ex-employer Gareth Binding, the CEO of Aims Learning Centre, in Manchester, who said he was ‘honoured’ to do anything to help.
Mother-of-two Rachel said: “We all travelled down together and had a real make over, with all our hair and make-up done professionally.
“I felt fabulous, but then I had to go for a meeting with the photographer who showed me how to pose and the nerves kicked in.
“Now, I’m just thrilled to be a part of it, and it’s for such a great cause.”
The calendar has been supported by actresses Linda Robson and Denise Welch, and former Liberty X popstar Michelle Heaton, who had a prevent-ative mastectomy in November 2012.
Michelle urged everyone to buy the calendar, saying: “There are many out there who need to talk sometimes, and these beautiful ladies have created a calendar to raise the money to help.”
Rachel said that her two teenagers, Zack and Zoe, are very proud, and her husband, John, has taken it to work to show off to all his friends.
Rachel said: “Having a mastectomy is not an easy decision to make, and I hope that this will show anyone who is battling with the decision that you will still look beautiful after surgery, and that there is help available.”
You can buy a calendar from The Sewing Room, in Abbey Street, Accrington, or from www. brcababes.com
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