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FUTURE DREAMS FOR THOSE TOUCHED BY BREAST CANCER

Patsy talks mindfulness, meditation, and how her mum inspires her to this day House of Garrard is proud to be donating 15% of sales from the TwentyFour collection to Future Dreams this October.

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MY DARLING SYLVIE & DANIELLE I WILL LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU FOREVER YOUR DREAM LIVES ON LOVE ALWAYS EDDIE HUSBAND AND FATHER TO OUR TWO INSPIRATIONAL CO-FOUNDERS

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CONTENTS AUTUMN/WINTER 2018

10TH ANNIVERSARY COVER

Patsy Kensit photographed by Simon Emmett for Future Dreams Magazine

ON THE COVER 32 PATSY KENSIT Patsy Kensit talks mindfulness, meditation, and how her mum inspires her to this day

FUTURE DREAMS 14 WHAT WE DO Future Dreams raises vital funds for breast cancer support, awareness, and research — learn more about our campaigns and how to get involved. 16 TRUSTEES UPDATE A ground-breaking year across our research, support and awareness projects. 18 AMBASSADORS Future Dreams is privileged to have unconditional support from a wide range of Brand and Celebrity Ambassadors. 28 FUTURE DREAMS 2008-2018 Take a walk through the fundraising history of Future Dreams including our exciting events and collaborations.

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HELP #NAILBREASTCANCER The nail industry joins together

to work towards a brighter, more beautiful future

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING 36 HOW TO CREATE A HAVEN We talk to our Ambassador and interior designer Kelly Hoppen mbe on how to turn a home into a comforting haven. 40 BRUNCH WITH MELISSA HEMSLEY Serve up some yummy food karma with our Ambassador Melissa’s healthy, quick breakfast recipes. 48 STEP UP WITH CONFIDENCE Ambassadors Phanella and Alice offer five steps toward a more confident, successful self.

BREAST CANCER STORIES 54 JACQUELINE GOLD

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Hear from the Ann Summers founder how she treated breast cancer just like any business problem. 58 CLAUDINE COLLINS The media maven talks about the importance of mammograms and how she simply had to fit breast

FUNDRAISING 92 FIGHT NIGHT: ROUND TWO

cancer treatment into her busy schedule. 62 SARA PRENTICE

With pink gloves raised, this raucous night was filled

What happens when you start a new job and then

with white collar boxing, auctions, cheer, and FD

find out that you have breast cancer? How can you

supporters raising an incredible £375,000!

balance work, life, treatments and femininity?

96 LADIES LUNCH 2017

66 JAMIE AND DARREN CROOK

Our fifth annual Ladies Lunch at The Savoy focused on

Through the eyes of her sons and business partners,

nutrition and well-being and raised £200,000.

learn how Lisa Crook went about running her business until her very last day. And learn how they are helping

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to #NailBreastCancer.

Stronger together, International Women’s Day 2018 brought together inspiring women over champagne and cake, raising £20,000 for breast cancer support.

80 SPENCER LESLIE Our founder Danielle’s husband and father of her three kids shares how you never move on, but you can

102 GOLF DAY

move forward.

Sam Torrance obe helped turn the greens pink and led our awesome golfers in 18 holes and raising £10,000.

82 LAUGHING THROUGH THE BIG C Lauren Mahon writes a goodbye letter to her You Me

104 SPEED MENTORING How often do you get to sit down and share a

and the Big C co-host about the importance if real talk, laughter and friendship.

breakfast with the women who’ve inspired you? Our first speed mentoring event enabled just that.

84 EDITH BOWMAN Music can have a big influence on how we cope. Learn the story - and soundtrack - that allowed a daughter to help her mother through breast cancer. 88 THE DREAM RING Learn the story behind how We Are Twinset and Lola Rose developed a ring that acts as a powerful reminder of the women we love and our own self care.

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ALWAYS A STORY CHAPTER 2018

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TEN: A DECADE OF DREAMS 108 THE POWER OF BEAUTY Lancôme not only is a valued sponsor of our gala and show, it trains its makeup experts in how to help women being treated for cancer to feel beautiful again. 110 A DANCE OF SOULMATES The making of Neshamot, a bespoke ballet choreographed for ‘TEN - A decade of dreams’ night performed with seven female ballet dancers showing how we are stronger together. 116 FASHION THAT MOVES YOU Osman designed the costumes for our bespoke TEN ballet with his cancer-battling family members in mind. 118 SONG OF SOLIDARITY Meet the soulful women of the Future Dreams Choir, raising voices and awareness, all while supporting each other. 124 SKINNYDIP - OUR OFFICILA MERCHANDISERS

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SWIMMING WITH

FOR ‘TEN - A DECADE OF DREAMS’

CONFIDENCE

Learn how our official merchandisers of ‘TEN - A

Melissa Odabash and Amoena

decade of dreams’ run a family-built business that

team up to empower any woman

donates to our family-built charity.

to feel beautiful in a swimsuit

SUPPORT 202 BREAST CANCER CARE

HOPE 212 LETTER FROM AMY

This UK-wide charity is providing a hotline and a

An open letter from now 14-year-old Amy Leslie,

resource pack to clarify the diagnosis and treatment of

daughter and granddaughter of our founders, about

secondary breast cancer.

her loss, pride and determination.

204 COPPAFEEL! Learn three steps to feel your boobs monthly and help catch breast cancer before it catches you. 206 FLATTER FASHION A double or single mastectomy no doubt changes you forever, but it’s a moment you can reinvent your look to feel gorgeous again. 210 HELP THROUGH THE TOUGHEST TIMES Future Dreams funded weekly Breast Cancer Haven support services in London

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LETTER

Back in March 2008 I volunteered for Future Dreams before this charity even had a name. I sat with my childhood friend Danielle and her mum Sylvie around a kitchen table drinking endless cups of tea and talking about what they wanted to achieve. I had supported Danielle as best as I could through her first round of breast cancer treatment two years before. She was 35, a young wife and mum of three, when she first found a lump in her breast. Sylvie had been diagnosed in her thirties too, and I was always awed by their mindsets when they said their diagnosis had spurred them to make their mark. Together they wanted to do something positive, to make a difference to those touched by breast cancer, and Future Dreams was their contribution. They pulled in friends and family and inspired us all to realise their vision. None of us could ever say no! Ten years on, I look back and feel privileged to have been asked by such a dynamic duo to share their journey and safeguard their legacy. It is why I want to share ten significant milestones on their special tenth anniversary and I know our largest

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event to date - TEN - A Decade of Dreams, live at the London Palladium show, would have made them so very proud. Finally, the last ten years has given me the chance to see so much kindness and generosity working alongside incredible brands such as Estée Lauder Companies, L’Oréal, MATCHESFASHION.COM, Wild at Heart, Lola Rose, Sky Media, Spring Studios, Louella Belle and Melissa Odabash, to name a few. I have helped organise and volunteered at four West End variety shows, five ladies lunches, galas, boxing events, cinema nights, speed mentoring,

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bingo and fashion evenings. I have cheered awesome supporters as they’ve completed marathons and rowed across the Channel to support

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our cause. I have worked alongside a selfless team I adore and I’ve developed special

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relationships and friendships with talented journalists, celebrities, musicians, directors, choreographers, writers and heads of industry, all because of my experience of losing a

Future Dreams is a charity helping women diagnosed with breast cancer to step beyond their diagnosis and move forwards with their lives. By donating a few pounds throughout October to help #NailBreastCancer you will help fund vital support, awareness and research. We believe that if we act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. Registered charity number 1123526

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It has brought home to me how many of us and our loved ones have been affected by this cruel disease. The last ten years have been an unexpected, bittersweet journey, full of highs and lows. Personally, I feel extremely grateful to Danielle and Sylvie for including me in their big dream. I miss them very much and hope they are proud of how their dreams have grown and come to fruition. It is an honour to continue their desire that no one should have to face breast cancer alone. If you would like to join us in our exciting work going forward we would love to hear from you. Please contact me at sam@futuredreams.org.uk

Sam Jacobs - Future Dreams Trustee and FD Magazine Editor

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My ten

SPECIAL MOMENTS 1. Watching our founders standing side by side at our first show “She’s the One” at The Savoy Theatre in 2008. This show put Future Dreams on the map. Both Danielle and Sylvie

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were determined to make a significant difference, and they really did, raising £285,000 for our first event. There was no stopping them.

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2. Visiting Clare Isacke’s breakthrough breast cancer laboratory in Fulham in 2009. Danielle handed over a cheque for £300,000 (the LIVE AT THE LONDON PALLADIUM 30 SEPTEMBER 2018 ‘It is not often a night at the theatre can make a huge difference to other people’s lives who are desperate for your help. But this is one of them.’ SPENCER LESLIE

money raised from that first show.) This funded the lab’s work focusing on secondary breast cancer for five years. Her pioneering team went on to make ground-breaking

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progress in understanding this aspect of the

diagnosis. Since then we have funded 470 hours of complimentary treatments for women affected by breast cancer. 7. I got goose bumps watching our wonderful Ambassador Melanie C performing her acoustic set at the 2017 Gala at The Roundhouse. The night, sponsored by Lancôme, raised a staggering £625,000 and we were supported by 500 corporate guests, all new to our cause. 8. The Estée Lauder Companies has led the fight against breast cancer for many years. At our fifth annual Ladies Lunch, breast

3. Seeing a glamorous range of Future

Dreams Humanitarian Award in memory of

include the cream of Hollywood including Beyoncé, Cindy Crawford and Eva Longoria. Working with Amoena, she created a post-surgery/mastectomy collection which is now sold globally. Our third collection will

Franks presented William Lauder the Future his mother Evelyn Lauder. She raised huge awareness for the illness by co-creating the famous pink ribbon. 9. Our #NailBreastCancer Campaign was founded by three women who were all leaders in the nail industry and had been

be available in Spring 2019.

affected by breast cancer. It is now in its fifth

4. Supermodel Yasmin Le Bon modelling

by over 2,000 national nail salons, nail

the elegant pink silk top exclusively designed by Raey at MATCHESFASHION.COM for Future Dreams was very special. She appeared on the 2016 cover of this magazine, shot by renowned celebrity photographer Simon Emmett at Spring Studios. 5. In 2016 and 2017 ten dedicated men went through six months of intense weekly boxing training to get into the ring to fight and raise money for breast cancer. They raised over £725,000 for breast cancer support and there will be another Future Dreams Fight Night event in March 2019.

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It was just 18 months after her breast cancer

surgeon and Future Dreams Trustee, Joanna

Odabash go on sale. Melissa’s celebrity clients

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support centre at The Whittington Hospital.

condition. Dreams swimwear designed by Melissa

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opening of our first Breast Cancer Haven

6. Victoria Derbyshire cut the ribbon at the

year and is an impactful campaign supported technicians, freelancers and nail bars. This will take place throughout the month of October 2018 in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 10. Finally, our spectacular show TEN - A Decade of Dreams, celebrated our tenth anniversary. Put together by artistic director, Stuart Sweeting, a close friend of Sylvie and Danielle, it is a show-stopping line-up, from the cast of Dreamgirls to singer Paloma Faith, The Royal Ballet to Paul Zerdin, All Saints to Camilla Kerslake and the Future Dreams choir, an historic triumphant event in memory of our founders and all those touched by breast cancer.

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CONTRIBUTORS LOUISE COURT Louise became involved after hearing the stories of Future Dreams’ founders Danielle and Sylvie. “As an experienced FUTURE DREAMS MAGAZINE DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TWO BOYS Jamie Brown Connie Beddow Jennifer Riggins Tony Van Colle

editor and journalist I have worked with many amazing charities but the fact that I have witnessed too many friends fighting this cruel disease meant I wanted to do more with FD. The dream is to ensure nobody has to go through breast cancer alone and spreading the word feels like the least I can do.” BEATRICE AIDIN Beatrice Aidin writes for How to Spend it in the Financial Times, The Telegraph, The Times and many other publications. She became involved with Future Dreams through The Estée Lauder Companies and loves the mission, the message and the proposal for Future Dreams House, supporting women and their families when breast cancer enters their lives. SIMON EMMETT Simon Emmett has been a photographer for over 20

FUTURE DREAMS TRUSTEES Philippa Brown Joanna Franks Pam Healey OBE Dale Henry Sam Jacobs Spencer Leslie Dean Poster FUTURE DREAMS COMMITTEE Amanda Grossman Bella Hignett Corinne Miller Diana Moffat Emma Miller Ilana Magar Jamie Brown Jo Moulder Jodie Meyerstone Sam Jacobs Samantha Landsberg Stuart Sweeting

years. His calling was a good one Simon has photographed everyone from Adele to Michael Caine. He has always supported breast cancer charities, and photographed the Fashion Target’s Breast Cancer campaign on several occasions. “It’s personal to me as it has affected my mother’s life. With all the advances in treatments and Future Dreams focus on funding secondary breast cancer research, there is hope. Future Dreams House will also provide that hope and support too.” ALEX FOX Alex Fox has been a journalist since 1993. In 1998 she moved into the beauty world and worked on trade nail magazine, Nails Plus. This led to herself and a team launching two salon titles and a spa trade title too. Alex next co-founded Scratch magazine, the UK’s only trade title dedicated to hand, nail and foot-care professionals in 2003. In her role as editor, Alex has since introduced the first consumer nail title, Gloss, which enjoyed two issues a year

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before closing and has been organising Nailympia London for the last 13 years, which brings nail professionals together from across the globe.


The Honest Brand, & our journey with Future Dreams. I had the privilege of meeting the Future Dreams team back in 2014 travelling on my own journey through breast cancer. Four years on and whilst I’m here and well, some of the friends I met along the way were not quite as lucky. To any woman or man that has been touched by breast cancer, my heart goes out to you and your families. My desire to help and work alongside the Future Dreams team compelled me to introduce my company ‘The Honest Brand’ to the team. With a strong strategic and creative group of people, I knew we could help the charity in a variety of ways and we’ve been working side by side ever since. So, what does Honest do and how do we work with FD? ‘Honest’ is a full service, global, creative and strategic consultancy, working with some of the world’s largest brands including Waitrose, Halifax, Fiat Chrysler, and many more. We transform the future of customer experiences across all channels - retail, digital, media etc... and have used our expertise to elevate the FD brand. Reflecting t he c reative nature of the f ounders S ylvie and D anielle, Honest created FD a beautiful bespoke new identity. From the logo, website, and hand-painted artwork we aimed to ignite a passion in people to get involved with the FD mission. The ethos ‘Everyone is touched by breast cancer’ is depicted in the branding, echoed the personal, artistic themes of FD’s events. This message continues with the campaign title “Make your mark” which encourages everyone involved to take action and create real impact across all fundraising projects - whether that be ideas, a donation or attending an event. Thank you FD team – you are an inspiration, we love working with you!

Julia Leckey FOUNDER OF THE HONEST BRAND

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FUTURE DREAMS RAISES VITAL FUNDS FOR BREAST CANCER SUPPORT, AWARENESS AND RESEARCH.

Future Dreams is working with Breast Cancer Care to promote awareness and raising funds for Breast Cancer Now, researching towards the goal that by 2050 everyone diagnosed will live. Future Dreams is also suppor ting Breast Cancer Haven with a major capital project to open a Future Dreams House in Central London. Future Dreams House will be the new home to Breast Cancer Haven in London. Relocating from Fulham to a central London location, Breast Cancer Haven will offer even more women and their families the support and therapies to address the psychological, emotional, social and physical side effects of a breast cancer diagnosis. In the meantime, we are delighted to be able to offer a weekly Outreach Service, giving vital suppor t and core Breast Cancer Haven services to women. Currently based at two London hospitals: The Whittington, Archway and King Georges, Redbridge, these outreach services are entirely funded by Future Dreams. “My oncologist encouraged me to use the outreach services, I am very grateful for her suggestion. The support group was very helpful and being with other people who know what you are going through is very important. No-one is judging you, only helping you.” Gisele, Outreach Service visitor TE WWW.FUTUREDREAMS.ORG.UK

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2018

TRUSTEE UPDATE This year, on our tenth anniversary, we celebrate how far Future Dreams has come and we focus on the work that is still to be done. Future Dreams charity mission has a three-pronged approach: raising vital funds towards breast cancer support, awareness and research.

SU PPORT Since the announcement that the lease on Breast Cancer Haven’s Fulham centre expires in Autumn 2019, our drive to establish Future Dreams House, as the soon-to-be the only complementary breast cancer support centre in London, has accelerated. Like Breast Cancer Haven Fulham, Future Dreams House will also support all those touched by breast cancer. The centre will be provided by Future Dreams and named Future Dreams House, but all the expert support services will be delivered by Breast Cancer Haven. The dream is in sight. We are immensely proud

Proposed Front Elevation of Future Dreams House – home to Breast Cancer Haven

Over the past 12 months, our Whittington Hospital North London support service has successfully provided 470 hours of complimentary treatments, given 200 hours

and excited to share with you the news that we have

of aromatherapy massage and scar work, treated 80

identified a potential site in central London with great

people with acupuncture to improve symptoms such as

rail, underground and bus connectivity for Future Dreams

pain and hot flushes, provided dietary advice to improve

House, a site which is accessible to patients from 15

health to almost 30 people and supported 25 women

hospitals across the Capital.

with individualised counselling. This service runs every

It is going to cost £1 million to get the site up and running. We hope to be in a position to welcome and

Friday 9am – 4pm and no referral is needed. We are also very proud to announce that from early

support hundreds of women and their families by the end

October 2018, a new support service funded by Future

of 2019. It’s a very exciting time! Our dream of offering

Dreams will be serving breast cancer patients in East

free breast cancer support to the whole community is

London. Breast Cancer Haven has also opened a new

now — with your help — a reality.

one-day-a-week breast cancer support service at King

With all the loyal support we have received over the past decade, we can make our vision a reality and improve the future of those affected by breast cancer in our Capital. We have already been very busy supporting breast cancer patients since September 2017. We have successfully funded and opened two weekly support services with Breast Cancer Haven at The Whittington, Archway and University College London hospitals.

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Victoria Derbyshire with Future Dreams Trustees Joanna Franks, Dean Poster and Spencer Leslie at The Whittington Hospital support service launch in September 2017


George’s Hospital in Ilford, which forms

Samia al Qadhi, chief

part of the Barking, Havering and

executive of Breast

Redbridge University Hospitals Trust.

Cancer Care, said “Future

The new weekly service will be available every Thursday from 9am – 1pm at the Elm Breast Care Centre on the hospital site. It will offer patients vital breast cancer support to combat the emotional and physical side effects of the disease. Patients can receive free professional assessment, aromatherapy message, acupuncture, nutritional therapy and counselling. Future Dreams will also be funding another Breast Cancer Haven outreach service at King’s College Hospital, Denmark HIll in South East London come January 2019. For more information and to book an appointment visit breastcancerhaven.org.uk

Dreams has been promoting the support and information services provided by Breast Cancer Care for two years now and it’s great to see a partnership between the charities at this special moment of ten-year celebrations.” Our brand support over the past ten years has enabled Future Dreams to raise breast cancer awareness to a much wider audience. The Estée Lauder Companies have sponsored the previous four Ladies Lunches we have held and, in March 2018, we collaborated again to celebrate women and empowerment with an International Women’s Day Tea. Justine Picardie, editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, amplified this memorable and powerful afternoon by speaking openly to the ladies in the room about how breast cancer impacted her life and why they are raising awareness on Harper’s Bazaar online. L’Oréal Luxe regularly champions our cause and not only have Lancôme sponsored our Gala at The Roundhouse in Feb 2017, but they also

RESEARCH Future Dreams has always focussed on funding secondary breast cancer research. Over the past decade we have worked closely with Breast Cancer Now and we are currently in our second year of funding a pioneering threeyear project for Dr. William Brakenbury whose innovative research has the potential to bring us one step closer to being able to prevent secondary breast cancer and save lives.

AWARENESS In Spring 2018 Future Dreams pledged its support to Breast Cancer Care by funding the print of a dedicated Secondary Breast Cancer Resource Pack. Our donation is helping to ensure that people living with secondary breast cancer over the next two years receive only accurate and reliable

have generously sponsored Future Dreams tenth anniversary show at the iconic London Palladium in September 2018, ensuring that all monies raised on the night go directly to the charity’s breast cancer support projects. Finally, we are very proud of our brand association with Melissa Odabash, international swimwear designer, and Amoena, the world’s leading mastectomy care brand. In 2018 we launched our third swimwear collection designed for women post-surgery/mastectomy which is sold in over 86 countries with a 30% of global sales being

information, supporting them to deal with the day-to-day

donated to our cause. The 2019 range has already been

impact of their secondary diagnosis and treatment.

designed and will be launched worldwide in Spring 2019.


LOUISE COURT Editor and Journalist “I really wish I’d met Sylvie and Danielle, the founders of Future Dreams, but I have felt their energy through their friends and family who run the charity in their name. The truth is Future Dreams’ remit to provide a big warm hug for those going through breast cancer makes it a very special organisation indeed and one I’m so proud to be involved with.”

DIRK MÜLLER Senior VP of Ameona “Giving back to women living with the after effects of breast cancer is a shared mission and a perfect partnership for Amoena. Future Dreams is so well-respected and offers so many wonderful programmes for women that it just felt like a natural fit. We are honoured to be working with such a highly regarded charity and are looking forward to launching another collection together with you and Melissa Odabash.”

PHANELLA MAYALL Co-founder Step Up “I am excited to be an Ambassador for Future Dreams and to be using my passion for making women feel empowered and confident at work and to get them feeling great again for such a dynamic charity.” ALICE OLINS Co-founder Step Up “I’m a touchy-feely type who knows personally that we all possess the strength within ourselves to overcome difficulties and thrive at life. I like nothing better than helping women achieve their own dreams and look forward to sharing this passion with Future Dreams.”

MELISSA ODABASH Swimwear designer “Understanding the effects of breast cancer and the vulnerability that women can feel when affected, I have collaborated with Future Dreams for the last three years and designed exclusive swimwear for women to empower themselves to feel good and confident about themselves post surgery.”

Breast cancer is NICK SCOTT Partner, Ginger & White “Community is at the something that corehas of Ginger & White and we are proud to support and help touched

Future with their campaign to raise awareness and funds to us Dreams at Ginger

support women– and their families at Future Dreams House, home to & White Breast Cancerboth Haven.” through

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Brand

AMBASSADORS REBECCA CAMPBELL Author and spiritual mentor “I am delighted to support Future Dreams. Like so many, my life has been cracked open by breast cancer and so I am grateful for the priceless work Future Dreams does in ways big and small.”

NIKKI TIBBLES Wild At Heart “Breast cancer is a cause very close to my heart and has affected people close to me. I wanted to get involved so I can give something back.”

SUSAN GERRARD CEO of Gerrard International “I admire all the work and commitment that goes into taking Future Dreams forward and keeping it alive in memory of the founders”

DARREN AND JAMIE CROOK MD’s of Louella Belle “Our great-grandma, grandma and mum suffered from breast cancer. This is an issue that is of great importance to us We also knew Future Dreams founders Sylvie and Danielle personally and wanted to give something back to honour their memories.”

NIKKI GEWIRTZ MBE Founder of Lola Rose Jewellery “Since 2008, my relationship and work with Future Dreams has continued to grow stronger. It is such a vital cause close to my heart, and my special memories of Sylvie and Danielle compound my commitment to the charity.”

NINA MAE FOWLER Artist “Future Dreams feels to me an intensely personal project, founded by a mother and daughter, whose family and friends are driven by love and strength in continuing their legacy.”

SIMON EMMETT Photographer “It’s personal to me as it has affected my mother’s life. With all the advances in treatments and Future Dreams focus on funding secondary breast cancer research, there is hope. Future Dreams House will also provide that hope and support too.”

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Celebrity

AMBASSADORS MELISSA HEMSLEY Best-selling Cookbook Author “The Future Dreams family are some of the most kind, energetic, inspiring and loving people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. They are real go-getters, they make things happen for others and they are committed to constantly raising awareness and giving care to those that need it the most. I am over the moon to be able to do my part in making this happen.”

MELANIE C Singer-songwriter “Future Dreams is a dynamic charity with an ambitious challenge to support women through their breast cancer journies and to raise money for breast cancer support. Together we can achieve something incredible.”

NICOLA ADAMS OBE Boxer “I want to focus on the importance of empowerment, fitness and support. As a double-gold medal Olympian, I understand the need for a strong support network and knowing that you always have others on your side. I believe that Future Dreams House will be a safe and special place for women and their families affected by breast cancer – an empowering environment where they will never feel alone.”

PATSY KENSIT Actress “I am thrilled and honoured to be an ambassador for Future Dreams. Their story has really moved me. My mother had breast cancer. She was a positive, amazing woman who defied it for years, but sadly passed when I was in my twenties. I also lost my father to cancer. I am an activist when it comes to raising awareness about cancer, as it can often be treated if caught early enough.”

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VERA ORA Psychiatrist “Being a working medic and having had breast cancer myself, I am proud to support Future Dreams as it is a cause very close to my heart. If I can help any women going through treatment then I will feel that going through it, my own diagnosis had a point to it.”

KELLY HOPPEN MBE Interior Designer and Writer “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be an Ambassador for Future Dreams. This is something that is very close to my heart and I will do everything I can help support and spread the amazing work you do.”

GABY ROSLIN Television Presenter “Sylvie and Danielle stole my heart. Their love for life and for their families was so deep and they filled everyone’s hearts with love and kindness.”

ARLENE PHILLIPS CBE Choreographer “Having lost my beloved sister-in-law Laura to breast cancer, I have been determined to be vocal about the need for support for this and do all I can to help. I am proud to be an ambassador for the tenth Anniversary of Future Dreams and hope that within the next ten years, this disease can be eradicated or the very least held at bay.”

JACQUIE BELTRAO Sky News Presenter “The fundraising work that Future Dreams is doing is giving women the opportunity to have a place where they can connect with other people who have been affected by breast cancer and feel safe, knowing that they will be supported through their toughest times.”

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To a life changing charity founded by two inspirational women, everyone at Lipsy wishes Future Dreams every success.

Congratulations to the committee for such an outstanding job.


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House of Garrard Supports Future Dreams and Breast Cancer Awareness month 2018

Women are at the heart of the House of Garrard. Every jewel that emanates from its studio is designed by and for women, and its top positions are now held by women too. For all these reasons, Garrard has chosen to give its support to Breast Cancer Awareness this October. One in eight women will be touched by breast cancer in their lifetime. It is thanks to organisations like Future Dreams that they won’t have to face the challenge of this illness alone. Future Dreams is delighted to be able to fund weekly support centres providing vital services to women touched by the disease. Currently these services are based at two London hospitals, UCLH and the Whittington, however a further two centres will be opening by 2019 meaning these vital support centres are accessible in all corners of London. These services are crucial for support and are funded entirely by Future Dreams. Jodi is twenty-nine and one of the many women whose lives have been touched by Future Dreams and the support centres as she explains. “This service and support has helped me accept what has happened – breast cancer is hard enough, the aftermath is a struggle, you feel so lonely and lost. The support centre has been a lifeline to me.” Along with the support centres, Future Dreams is aspiring to open a Future Dreams House in central London towards the end of 2019. This will be a warm, welcoming and friendly centre, away from the hospital environment, where even more women and their families can receive the required support and therapies to address the psychological, emotional and physical side effects of a breast cancer diagnosis. Garrard hopes to help make these projects a reality through its donation of 15% of October sales of TwentyFour. In choosing this collection, the House is highlighting the many ways that Future Dreams can make every hour of every day more manageable. “The concept of TwentyFour just seems to encapsulate everything that Future Dreams does so beautifully,” says Sara Prentice, Garrard’s Creative Director. “The idea that every day can be made better through the charity’s ongoing, practical, empowering support, fighting cancer and believing in these women twenty four hours a day.” TwentyFour is a quintessentially Garrard design with its use of the signature diamond and dot motif. It was inspired by Queen Mary’s iconic Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara, which was commissioned by her ladies in waiting as a wedding gift and has been worn most recently by HM

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OUR FIRST SHOW, ‘One Night Only’ Raised £285,000.00. CROSS CHANNEL ROW Brilliant volunteer rowers raised £35,000 on this great team effort across the Channel.

2014 saw us partner with Breast Cancer Haven. We are also honoured to have Pamela Healy OBE, chief executive of Breast Cancer Haven as a trustee of Future Dreams.

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PLAY PING PONG. FIGHT BREAST CANCER. BOUNCE Our ping pong players raised £26,500. LUNCH AT THE ONE MORE TIME Sylvie and Danielle had both trained at the Royal Academy of Dance and were qualified dance and performing arts teachers. After the success of One Night Only, another show raised funds by persuading the cream of theatre land to give their services for

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second issue of the

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the first issue.

free. Since then the FD army of supporters has hosted

Elena Glurjidze from the English

annual lunches, auctions and fashion shows in Sylvie

National Ballet in a custom made

and Danielle’s legacy, providing essential funding for

Karl Lagerfeld Tutu performing

breast cancer. Our second spectacular show was in

the ‘dying swan’ at our first Ladies

memory of our founder Sylvie Henry and raised a

Lunch in October 2013.

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Our story so far 10 YEARS OF FUTURE DREAMS Visit futuredreams.org.uk/our-story to keep updated with our ongoing journey

Future Dreams started in 2008 by mother and daughter Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie. By a cruel twist of fate they were both diagnosed with breast cancer, Danielle just 35 and a mother of 3 young children. Tragically both women lost their lives to the disease within a year of each other in 2009. Their dream to was to make sure that nobody should ever have to face this illness on their own.


ROYAL PARKS HALFMARATHON AND THE 2017 GOLF DAY. Our fantastic volunteer runners raised £25,000 The annual golf day raised £20,000.

LADIES LUNCH AT THE SAVOY HOTEL Our 3rd Annual lunch, sponsored by MATCHESFASHION.COM and Estée Lauder Companies, raised a fashionable £180,000.

SUSHI SAMBA EVENT With guests including Sophie,

FASHION SHOW

Countess of Wessex, FD raised

WITH LILY GRACE

£300,000 on this memorable

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night, when our guests

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catwalk, and raised an

overlooking the Capital.

astonishing £40,000.

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2017

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MELISSA ODABASH/ AMOENA CAMPAIGN NAIL BREAST CANCER This campaign raised £12,500 partnering with well-known nail brands, professional

The launch of this new post-surgery/ mastectomy swimwear range designed

For the MOONWALK

by international swimwear designer

our girls walked 26 miles

Melissa Odabash raised £50,000.

and raised £25,000.

distributors and companies. 2016 saw £230,000 raised from generous donations The Golf day Raised £15,340

and sponsorships from companies such as MATCHESFASHION.COM and Estée Lauder Companies.

FD MAGAZINE The fourth issue of FD featuring Yasmin Le Bon raised £60,000.

GALA DINNER AT THE ROUNDHOUSE Raised an astounding £675,000.


ROYAL PARKS HALF-

BOOB BUNS

MARATHON AND THE

Our fun boob buns

2017 GOLF DAY.

fundraiser with Karma

Our fantastic volunteer runners

Bread London totalled

raised £25,000 The annual golf

at £275

day raised £20,000.

LADIES LUNCH AT

THE ART CLUB AFTERNOON TEA

THE SAVOY HOTEL

on International Women’s Day raised £20,000

Our third annual lunch, sponsored by MATCHESFASHION.COM and FIGHT NIGHT II

The Estée Lauder Companies, raised a fashionable £180,000.

SUSHI SAMBA EVENT

The second of To date, Future

our white-collar

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WITH LILY GRACE

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experienced the unique blend

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breast cancer on the

AWARENESS EVENT

breathtaking architecture

catwalk, and raised an

overlooking the Capital.

astonishing £40,000.

boxing nights

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raised £375,000

over £4.5m pledging funds towards national breast cancer

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charities

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3RD MAGAZINE Raised £63,500

BOUQUET launched on Mother’s Day in partnership with Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart

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MELISSA ODABASH & AMOENA CAMPAIGN NAIL BREAST CANCER This campaign raised £12,500 partnering with well-known nail brands, salons, professional

raised £15,340

revamped as part

MARK annual

of our ten-year

Ladies Lunch

celebration and

sponsored by Estée

will be relaunching

Lauder Companies

nationwide.

raised £200,000

The launch of this new post-surgery/ mastectomy swimwear range designed

For the MOONWALK

by international swimwear designer

our girls walked 26 miles

Melissa Odabash raised £50,000.

and raised £25,000.

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Estée Lauder Companies.

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FD MAGAZINE The fourth issue of FD featuring Yasmin Le Bon raised £60,000.

Future Dreams is a charity helping women diagnosed with breast cancer to step beyond their diagnosis and move forwards with their lives. By donating a few pounds throughout October to help #NailBreastCancer you will help fund vital support, awareness and research. We believe that if we act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. Registered charity number 1123526

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by funding the print of a dedicated Secondary Breast Cancer In 2017, donations and sponsorships from companies such as MATCHESFASHION. COM and the Estée Lauder Companies raised £45,000

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FD TEN AMBASSADOR ARLENE PHILLIPS TALKS ABOUT HER RELATIONSHIP WITH FUTURE DREAMS SPANNING TEN YEARS

How did you first hear about the charity and what made you decide to support it as you must have so many requests from other charities? I first heard about the charity from Stuart Sweeting, who I had worked with on a number of shows over the years. It touched something inside me and I wanted to give my support in any way that I could. Tell us about the work you are doing to support FD. It’s important for charities to be able to spread the word, and it’s in this way that I think I can help. By doing interviews, associating myself to Future Dreams, and talking to as many people as possible about charity and to get behind the important work they’re doing. Have you or any of your loved ones had any experiences connected with breast cancer? My sister-in-law Laura had breast cancer which recurred many times. She was brave and beautiful and never gave up putting herself forward for trials. She was determined to do all she could to find a cure. I went to Philadelphia to visit her just before she passed away. She was still laughing and smiling to the last moment. What can anyone reading this do to make a difference in the battle against breast cancer? Donating and fundraising by the public is of utmost importance to any charity, but awareness is just as vital. Most of all, spread love to all those affected by the disease. It really makes a difference.

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I US E D TO WO R RY TO O MUCH AB OU T W H AT PEO PLE

thought of me PATSY KENSIT HAS STARRED IN MAJOR HOLLYWOOD MOVIES AND TV SHOWS BUT HAS NEVER BEEN HAPPIER THAN SHE IS TODAY.

One of Future Dreams’ newest ambassadors is actress Patsy Kensit. Pasty knows first hand what it is like to live in a family battling breast cancer. Her mum was diagnosed as terminal with the disease when Patsy was just four and lived for nearly 20 years with the illness. Here Patsy tells us about how she lives her life to the max and has learnt to appreciate every day. Tell us about your average day.

“My life has been a real roller-coaster

“I get up and do a power walk for an hour and

journey and now I feel so peaceful. Meditation

half across the Heath near me. I love listening

has changed my life. I rebelled in the 90s had

to David Bowie, Nirvana and Lou Reed. I have a smoothie. I eat like a king at breakfast, a prince at lunch and a pauper at dinner. It really works for me. I exercise because I want to be fit and well for my kids. It is not a vanity thing. “My life is very peaceful. I got into meditation seven years ago. I have a very calm outlook and take each day as it comes. “I went on holiday to Thailand and met a guru who specialised in meditation and he could see I was really serious about learning about it. The goal is to quieten your mind and I do it every morning and evening on my bed for 40 minutes. “I don’t eat a lot of red meat these days. Occasionally I will crave a steak. I stick to chicken and tofu and salads. I make soups and usually have

a few late nights but I had a son I had to raise. Now I am 50 and loving it. I really don’t look back. I have great memories and learnt great lessons. I used to care too much about what people thought about me. My forties taught me not to worry about that.” Is your home life important to you? “I am blessed my two sons James and Lennon [from marriages to Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr and Liam Gallagher] still live at home. We live in north London. I love vintage 70s furniture. We have white walls, parquet floors and shutters. I love our home. I really love it.” Your mother survived with breast cancer for many years. Tell us how she inspired you. “I am reconciled to it now. Losing my mum was the most traumatic thing ever but I had been

soup for my evening meal and I don’t eat after

prepared for it. All I can say is that if there is

6pm. Normally I am in bed by 8.30pm.”

a blessing in any of it, it is that I got to tell her

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everything. The loss was awful but at least I had the luxury of telling her how much I loved her. If she had just walked out of the door and died I would not have had that. I try to look for the blessings and try to be grateful. I used to be pretty cynical about things and I have really changed. “The treatments back then were nowhere near as good as they are today. This was back in the 70s. By the time I was 11, I had said goodbye to her six or seven times when they didn’t think she would make it through. I was 23 when she finally died. She was my best friend. Patsy with her mom

“I have had mammograms since I was 22 years old and I go annually because of my mum’s history. “Strangely enough years later I had to call

journey and I wouldn’t change any of it. Now I feel so peaceful. There is nothing that I would look back on my life and say I wish I had done

out a doctor for one of my kids when he was

that or tried that. I don’t want to swim the

sick. He said: “You don’t remember me do

Channel or jump out of a plane.

you?” I had no idea who he was. He explained he had worked in the Middlesex Hospital on the ward where my mother was. He told me: “She changed my life, she changed my whole outlook on medicine, she was so sick but love kept her going. It changed my whole approach.” Do you have any advice for friends and family watching loved ones battling breast cancer? “I would hate to come across as patronising saying anything to people dealing with this illness. My heart goes out to everyone who is going through breast cancer or if someone you love is experiencing it. Try to stay positive in the face of adversity. Everything I say is

“I have a thick skin, I am very tough. There is a fake misconception about me that has been created by the media. That person isn’t me. I am very driven. I am a survivor and a grafter. I wouldn’t change my life for anything. It is sad that my boys have not had my mum as a grandmother in their lives but they have great grandparents on their paternal sides. “I am a single mum and I have raised my boys. I have worked every year of my life since I was four years old [when she starred in a famous series of adverts for Birds Eye peas and then made a film with Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor.] “I have a small group of girlfriends, four really

going to sound so weak. I remember every

close friends. I am moving into business now

moment with my mother and what she went

investing in a company called Studio 10 which is

through. I had my son James at the time and I

a makeup business. It is tailor-made for women

just had to go on. I had to show him that life

whose skin is maturing.“

is beautiful.”

Any advice for people who would like to try

Do you ever wish you could have lived

meditation?

your life differently?

“People can get the Yoga Nidra app. If you have

“I love my life now. I love my privacy. I cherish

so much going through your head the goal is to

it. My life has been a real roller-coaster

quieten your mind. “

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HOW TO

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Mii Cosmetics Nourishing Lip Sheen £14.95 with £2.00 of proceeds to Future Dreams miicosmetics.com Garrard Twentyfour Collection 15% of proceeds go to Future Dreams garrard.com Nui Ami chemise £115 20% of proceeds to Future Dreams nuiami.com Melissa Odabash Amoena Swimwear from £70 amoena.com Wild at Heart Future Dreams Bouquet from £75 wildatheart.com Lola Rose We Are Twinset ‘Dream Ring’ £195 100% of proceeds to Future Dreams lolarose.com Artist Polish ‘Don’t Drive Me Mad’ £11 90% of proceeds to Future Dreams louellabelle.com Girl vs Cancer Tit Tees £28 girlvscancer.co.uk/shop

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How to create a haven

IN YOUR HOME ICONIC INTERIOR DESIGNER, AUTHOR AND FUTURE DREAMS AMBASSADOR KELLY HOPPEN mbe SHARES HER IDEAS ON HOW TO CREATE SPACES FOR OPTIMUM REST AND RELAXATION words LOUISE COURT photographs MEL YATES

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Are there any colours that feel particularly soothing or uplifting? Hospitals tend to be clinical for obvious reasons. What colours work best for rest and what colours work best for mood boosting? Any colours to avoid? “For me, the perfect neutral palette never fails to offer comfort and warmth in interiors. Taupe is my signature colour for a reason - it’s a beautiful colour and is neither too warm or too cold. Taupe is soothing, quiet, and never overbearing and so is ideal for instilling a sense of calm into a room. It is the perfect colour to provide a remedy to the stressful pace of frenetic modern life. I’m not averse to colour and pops of earthy green or burnt orange can really help create a sanctuary when paired correctly, but you don’t want anything too vibrant or jarring when you are trying to relax. I don’t hate any colour per se, it’s how you pair the colours that matters.” Lighting is so important in creating a home and a mood. Can you advise on the best ways to light a room to create a soothing, restful space? If you want to feel uplifted and optimistic, are there any lighting techniques or types of lamps that help with this. “Good lighting is the magic ingredient when it comes to interiors - without it a space can appear flat and unwelcoming. A good source of natural lighting is important, but is not always readily available - beautiful lamps and uplighters can offer a burst of mood-boosting light when needed. For optimum rest and relaxation, incorporate dimmer switches into existing lighting. It may sound simple but it is one of the most effective ways to switch the mood and atmosphere of a room.” Scent. When you are going through chemo your senses can alter and be heightened. Please can you advise on any aromas or ways of filling a room with nice smells that aren’t too chemical or overpowering. Do any smells do different jobs in mood boosting or relaxing? “Scent is so powerful — it is very personal, and it’s all about finding the right one for you. With interiors, scent is part of the room’s jewellery which offers the finishing touches to the space. Sweet vanillas and floral blends have a delicacy which helps to

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elevate the atmosphere of a room, while woody, spicy scents immediately offer a sense of calm and enhance mood. Nothing beats fresh, fragrant flowers to naturally enhance the scent in a way that is not overpowering. Avoid fragrances that have too many chemicals, and opt instead for essential oils or candles to subtly infuse uplifting aromas into the home. I adore my Scent One candle from the Kelly Hoppen London range — it is my smell. ” Your mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Can you tell us how you and she coped with this? What was hardest? “My mother had breast cancer in her 60s but has thankfully recovered. Other friends of mine have had breast cancer and I’ve had my own breast cancer scare so I’ve seen the devastating impact it has on women’s lives. It was extremely difficult — I lost my father unexpectedly when I was 16 and that was the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through, so I was devastated when I found out my mother was ill. I did not cope well with her illness at all at the time, but she coped with it all incredibly. She’s such a strong woman, she’s very focussed, determined and doesn’t give up easily on things. “ Do you think, if it is possible, people should try to have a space that is theirs, that is about recuperation rather than treatment at home? “Definitely, everyone going through something like this deserves to have a space where they can relax and get away from everything, a sanctuary where they can forget about their treatment and just unwind.” When you are ill the last thing on your mind is worrying about housework and home furnishings. Do you have any advice on how you and your loved ones can minimise clutter and mess easily so you have relaxing space? “I would say the best way to minimise clutter is to have regular clear out of it to maintain a tidy house and, therefore, a tidy mind. When designing your home, consider utilising furniture which is multifunctional like beds with underneath storage or ottomans with built in storage in order to minimise clutter and maximise storage. “ Do you think objects can be a source of comfort at a difficult time? For example a lovely plant, or a cushion you love, or picture frame with people you love in it, a soothing stone? “I think it’s really important to keep something sentimental which you can seek comfort in. For me, one of these objects would have to be my Glammy mug! When Rudy, my

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grandson, was born last June my daughter Natasha and her husband Simon came up with this nickname for me and had it painted onto a mug. Without a doubt, becoming a Grandma has been one of the best things to have ever happened to me.” When people come out the other side of their treatment and are feeling well again do you think it is a good time to look at their homes with a fresh eye and think about marking the new phase of the rest of their lives with a domestic revamp? “You know what, I think they should do whatever makes them feel good when they have come through the other side of treatment and are feeling well again — if that means a domestic revamp then they should absolutely go for it. There is nothing like a refresh of the home to put you in a new space. It doesn’t always have to be a huge job, it can simply be a good Spring clean, a fresh lick of paint, or rearranging the room which can really shift the energy.” What motivated you to be an ambassador of Future Dreams? “I’m delighted to be involved with Future Dreams — it’s so important to offer women, and their families, support during what is an extremely challenging and emotional time.”

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YOU R S E L F I N T HE MO R NIN G S FUTURE DREAMS AMBASSADOR MELISSA HEMSLEY GIVES US GOOD FOOD KARMA WITH TWO DELICIOUS BRUNCH RECIPES AND WHY YOU SHOULD START EVERY DAY IN A POSITIVE WAY words MELISSA HEMSLEY photographs ISSY CROKER

I passionately believe that wherever the day takes you, start your day off in a positive way with a delicious and nourishing breakfast or brunch. Many of us are in a rush in the morning but a good breakfast or brunch will jump-start your day. If you’re running out the door, grab yourself a portable breakfast such as a generous slice of frittata or a few muffin frittatas (just pour the frittata mix into muffin trays). Frittatas couldn’t be simpler and are a great way to pack greens like courgettes and spinach and lots of herbs like basil and parsley into your morning meal and you can make them very easily the night before while you’re cooking dinner, just pop the frittata or frittata tray into the oven to set. Job done! For something a bit sweeter, bake a beautiful loaf of banana bread, a fantastic way to use up overly ripe bananas. I like to bake mine with buckwheat flour coconut flour or almond flour. I’ll supercharge my banana loaf with dried fruits, walnuts or pecans. Check out my ‘Perfect Pancakes’ recipe, another satisfying way to use up your ripe bananas and use quinoa flakes (or swap for oat if it’s easier) then top with a pile of fresh berries. And if you’re a porridge lover, why not try swapping regular oats for quinoa flakes or quinoa. This ‘Quinoa Porridge’ recipe is a great chance to use up leftover plain quinoa and it’s always good to inject some variety into your breakfasts. Try grating in apple and cinnamon or topping with pomegranate, seeds and figs with a drizzle of local raw honey.

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I really believe in food karma. Next time you bake something why not make double. Take some round to a neighbour in need or bring some into work for a colleague, it’s an instant way to reconnect with someone and bring them cheer — and chances are, they’ll return the favour along the way! The most important thing to do is to find recipes that suit you. For me, I cook foods that make me feel good and that are fuss-free and a pleasure to cook. It’s entirely possible to avoid stress in the kitchen! Look for onepots or one-tray recipes so you don’t waste any energy on washing up later on and make time to sit down, lay the table and really savour your food and your time with your loved ones.

MANY OF US ARE IN A RUSH IN THE MORNING BUT A GOOD BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH WILL JUMPSTART YOUR DAY.

Brunch recipes from Melissa’s book Eat Happy overleaf

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P E R F E CT PA N CA KE S SERVES 2 / MAKES 8

TOPPING OPTIONS

PANCAKES

• 100g mixed berries, a spoonful of natural yoghurt,

• 2 ripe bananas (total 200g), peeled • 100g quinoa flakes • 180ml any milk • 1 egg • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon • 1½ teaspoons baking powder • A tiny pinch of sea salt • 2 teaspoons maple syrup • 1½–2 tablespoons coconut oil, for frying

crushed pistachios and a drizzle of maple syrup • 2 apples, grated, a sprinkling of cinnamon and a spoonful of toasted flaked almonds Although made with bananas, these pancakes don’t taste strongly of them. Banana is used to give substance and a natural sweetness, while the quinoa flakes and the egg not only add protein but also help bind the mixture. I make these about 1cm thick and very rustically shaped, but if you’ve got a pancake ring, whip it out to make a pretty stack. If you want to double the recipe (especially if you have bananas that need using up), any extra pancakes will keep in the fridge for a few days, or you can freeze them. Pop them in the oven or fry in a pan to reheat.

METHOD 1. Place all the ingredients for the pancakes (except the oil) in a blender or food processor and whizz for about 30 seconds. Alternatively, mash the bananas with a fork and mix in a jug with all the remaining ingredients. 2. Melt a little of the coconut oil in a large frying pan on a high heat. 3. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the batter into the pan and use the back of the spoon to swirl into a rough circle about 1cm thick and 8cm wide. Repeat to make another two to three pancakes, depending on the size of your pan. Reduce the heat to medium and leave the pancakes to set for 1½ minutes. When they start to bubble, flip each one over and cook for 1 minute on the other side. 4. Remove from the pan and repeat with the rest of the batter using a little more of the coconut oil each time, until you have made eight pancakes. Place the pancakes on a plate in a low oven to keep warm while you make the rest. 5. Serve as is or add your favourite toppings. Use It Up This recipe is ideal for when you have a bowl of really ripe bananas that need using up!

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Q U INOA P OW ER P O RRI D G E CHOOSE FROM THREE DIFFERENT QUINOA OPTIONS AND PLAY AROUND WITH FLAVOURS. I’M A FAN OF PORRIDGE IN A FLASK FOR AN EASY WARMING BREAKFAST ON THE GO. IF I HAVE PEOPLE OVER, I MAKE A HUGE PAN OF PORRIDGE AND PUT SMALL BOWLS OUT WITH A SELECTION OF FLAVOURS AND TOPPINGS TO LET EVERYONE HELP THEMSELVES. SERVES 2

QUINOA OPTIONS

• 400–500ml any milk

200g quinoa flakes

• 500ml hot water

Quinoa flakes: Toast the quinoa flakes in a dry pan on a

• 2 teaspoons coconut oil or butter

medium heat for 1 minute, stirring frequently to prevent

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

them from burning. This reduces any bitterness and gives

• 2 teaspoons maple syrup or raw

a nice nutty flavour. Add 400ml of milk and all the other

honey (optional) Topping Suggestion: Fig, Pistachio & Pomegranate:

ingredients, give everything a stir and bring to a medium simmer. Cook for 4 minutes, then add your choice of flavourings.

• 1 sliced large ripe fig

250g cooked quinoa

• 1 tablespoon of pistachios

Cooked quinoa: Place the cooked quinoa in a saucepan,

• 1 tablespoon of pomegranate

add 400ml of milk and all the other ingredients. Bring to

seeds

a medium simmer and cook for 4 minutes, then add your

• A drizzle of raw honey

choice of flavourings.

TIP: If you need to toast any nuts or

100g uncooked quinoa, rinsed, well (ideally soaked

seeds, dry-toast them in

first)

the pan first on a medium

Uncooked quinoa: Place the uncooked quinoa in a

heat for a minute or so, then

saucepan, add 500ml of milk and all the other ingredients.

set aside before you add the

Bring to a medium simmer and cook, covered, until

quinoa. This avoids using

the liquid has been absorbed and the quinoa is tender,

more than one pan.

about 15 minutes (or 12 minutes if the quinoa has been soaked), then add your choice of flavourings.

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Hello

BEAUTIFUL A CHARITY THAT OFFERS A NON TOXIC WAY OF LIFE, HELPING YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL FROM THE INSIDE OUT The Hello Beautiful Foundation is a UK-based cancer prevention charity that resides within London’s Bloomsbury. The charity was founded by Jane Hutchison after her own breast cancer diagnosis in 2013. Hello Beautiful explores the issues that arise when we or our loved ones are faced with cancer and the importance that NonToxic Practice has in this reality. Their, talks, classes and other awareness campaigns are designed to highlight the benefits of living a healthy NonToxic Lifestyle — an experience that starts with mindfulness and extends into nutrition and social responsibility.

WELLNESS SPACE Their spiritual home is situated at Hello Love, Bloomsbury. 62—64 Southampton Row—a constantly evolving living space that couples artistic collaboration with positive social change. Through monthly exhibits, the Hello Love curates a wide variety of health and happiness stories based on the shared interests of the participating artists and brands during that month. Hello Beautiful’s philosophy of NonToxic Practice™ is based on the targeted eradication of all toxic substances from daily life. The basis of this practice takes place on three levels: MIND Using mindfulness and positive emotional awareness
as a means to living freely without stress and anxiety. BODY Assuming an organic plant-based diet that is free from animal proteins, processed sugars and genetic modifications. This extends into natural cosmetics and finding products that have not been laced with parabens, pesticides and other chemical compounds. SOUL Embracing mindfulness and other holistic forms such as Breath Work, Qi Gong, Yoga and Sound Therapy that have been designed to realign the spiritual centre and the body’s energy system.

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W HAT W E OFF ER The Hello Beautiful Foundation is always in need of donations, corporate sponsors and fundraising teams. With the support of the community, we are able to offer people with cancer access to the following complementary therapies and educational programs: WORKSHOPS Art Therapy, Organic Juicing, 
Nutrition, 
Lecture Series, Vegan Supper Club, Headscarf techniques and Letter Writing
 HOLISTIC CLASSES Aromatherapy, Breath Work, Sound Massage, Lucid Dreaming
Meditation, 
Mindfulness, Qi Gong, 
Reflexology, Yoga, 
Tai Chi
 GUIDANCE Wingman Program, Networking Events, Thermography Scans, 
Self Help Books, 
Post Diagnosis Counselling, Prevention Counselling For more information email: info@hellobeautiful.org hellobeautiful.org |@hbcanceruk

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HOW TO GIVE YOUR CONFIDENCE

a Step Up

DYNAMIC DUO AND FUTURE DREAMS AMBASSADORS ALICE OLINS AND PHANELLA MAYALL BELIEVE CONFIDENCE ISN’T A PERSONALITY TRAIT; IT IS A STATE OF MIND. words ALICE OLINS AND PHANELLA MAYALL FINE

Simply put, confidence is the missing link between our thoughts and our actions. Without it, we are unable to thrive. However confidence is also a big, emotive and often nebulous concept – a feeling, a captured steeliness and a spring in your step. But when confidence is lost and buried, it can feel like an impenetrable grey fog — it can put us on the floor, unable to rise powerfully again. When you or a loved one has passed through the inevitable emotional maze imposed by a cancer diagnosis, followed by painful and unexpected physical changes, it’s no wonder so many suffer with a slump in confidence. And while recovery brings joy, it also delivers us somewhere new and daunting — you might harbour a strong new drive for a life change, or there may be a necessary return to old places of work. What is certain is that your previous life rhythms are forever altered. That’s why, here at the Step Up Club, we jumped at the chance to help you with your journey. We’re fanatical about building confidence because when your confidence is in place, you will be able to thrive again. You don’t need us to tell you that confidence is wrapped up and stitched into every action that we take in life and at work, and yet, many of us just accept that we aren’t confident beings, that we’ll never be able to be confident enough to push ahead with our dreams - especially with cancer in the mix. We beg to differ. Confidence isn’t a personality trait; it is a state of mind, and we all have the power to build and strengthen that in fact no one is born confident. It is something that evolves over time, it is a changing, fluid attitude that influences how we attack and shape our lives. And we want you to be able to build your confidence stores. Yes, building confidence takes hard work, self-awareness, a growth mindset and plenty more in between. It’s worth the effort though because, when you feel confident enough — and we’re in no way suggesting that anyone needs to be confident all the time — then you will be able to positively push forward with life – not to mention, be able to acknowledge your highs and cope with your struggles better too.

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HERE ARE STEP UP’S TOP 5 TIPS TO GETTING YOUR CONFIDENCE BACK ON TRACK. LOSE YOUR INNER IMPOSTER

EMBRACE FAILURE

Imposter Syndrome is a subset of low confidence and

We know this sounds like an oxymoron, but we’re strong

even Oscar-winning actresses aren’t immune. What

believers in learning to relish failures. The thing is, failures just

sets Imposter Syndrome apart from other forms of low confidence is that it’s wrapped up in fear that we’ll get found out for being a fraud, i.e. we’re in our jobs, but someone else could be doing it way better. Sound familiar? Well you’re not alone. Imposter Syndrome affects almost everyone at some time in their lives. The good news is that Imposter Syndrome is surmountable.

aren’t as bad as they’re made out to be. We all need to fail if we’re to learn, and there’s no shame in that. So if something goes wrong at work, or in life, accept it quickly, move on and learn from the mistake. In the tech world, they call is failing fast. And we’re strong believers in that concept too, not least because when you’re able to fail quickly, you become less risk adverse, and when you take more risks and they go

How? Because it’s based on misplaced beliefs that we

right, your confidence will soar.

hold about ourselves. Question: is there a voice inside

LUCK ISN’T LUCKY ANYMORE

your head telling you that you aren’t good enough, or are

When we give luck the credit for something going right

other people telling you that you aren’t good enough? We bet it’s the former. Keep reading for how you can start changing the negative – and misplaced – beliefs that you hold about yourself. QUIETEN THAT NEGATIVE VOICE As we mentioned in point one, low confidence often stems from us listening to our inner voice. We sometimes call that voice The Demon because if your voice is anything like ours, then it fixates itself on the negatives in your life, and lets all the good, positive stuff just evaporate into the ether. The thing is, to be able to build selfconfidence, you need to reverse the negative belief cycle that you’re in, the one that starts with you telling yourself, “I’m not good enough” and then presents at work as you appearing like you’re not good enough and eventually leads to others (wrongly) thinking you’re not good enough, based merely on the negative impression that your giving off (read: closed body language, insecurities, a lack of drive). To counter this negative belief cycle, we

in life, rather than accepting that it is your own expertise/ kindness/insight/brilliance, you inevitably set your confidence up for a fall. You make your own luck in life; it’s an old adage, but it is true. Women especially find it difficult to recognise our own prowess, and the upshot of this is that we give luck credit when things go well. Luck isn’t worth dwelling on because luck is democratic. We all get it; we all love it. Just remember it’s your intelligence and aptitude, your don’tgive-a-damn resolve and your killer-networking prowess, that’s what has got you where you are today. When you are able to accept and communicate this, your confidence will strengthen. Repeat after us: I’m not lucky, I’m awesome. BODY LANGUAGE AND VOICE CONTROL Non-verbal communication is a powerful player when it comes to building confidence because, while confidence can rest deeply inside, it is also an impression that we present to others. If you seem confident, you will feel more confident, and others will treat you accordingly. Yes, this point falls within the Faking It To Making It category and we’re

have one simple and solid tip: capture your positives.

absolutely fine with that. With this in mind, remember these

Start a Positive Belief Record, write down all the good

•Stillness: when we are able to hold our bodies with

things that happen in life: the compliments, the career wins, the lovely comments from friends about your parenting. Get it all down on paper, and then, reread those comments once a week. If you find it easier, start a Brag File on your email, and use it in the same way to capture positive remarks and small victories. The point is, when you learn to focus on your positives and not the unfounded negative beliefs that you hold about yourself, your confidence will gently grow.

salient points: stillness, we immediately seem more poised and in control. •Voice: if you give away your nerves in a quivering voice, practice lowering your tone and speaking more slowly. •Stance: always stand or sit taller and more broadly, even if you’re feeling small. • Style: If you own clothes that make you feel great, wear them! Don’t just defer to an old black shift dress because it’s easy, let your style – your killer heels or that red lipstick – do you some confidence favours. For more information visit step-up-club.net

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FD TEN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR STUART SWEETING TALKS ABOUT HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH FUTURE DREAMS SPANNING TEN YEARS How did you first hear about the charity and what made you decide to support it as you must have so many requests from so many founders? I first met Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie in 1999. They were running Arts Factory, a summer workshop for children and I was invited as a guest teacher. I taught a routine from ‘Starlight Express’, the show I was performing in at that time. I instantly clicked with them and our friendship began. In 2008 they contacted me to direct their first Future Dreams show ‘One Night Only’ at the Savoy Theatre and I couldn’t refuse. Tell us about the work you are doing to support it. I have been Artistic Director for all four Future Dreams shows spanning ten years and I feel so proud to be a small part of such a wonderful charity. It is Sylvie and Danielle’s memory that keeps us all going. My husband Ian Townsend is also involved as Musical Director for ‘TEN - A Decade Of Dreams’ and it’s wonderful that he is on this journey with me. Ian frequently says “I really wish I had met Sylvie and Danielle, but feel I know them as you talk about them so often and with such love and affection.” Have you or any of your loved ones had any experiences connected with Breast Cancer? Unfortunately, yes, both family and close friends. It seems everyone knows someone who has been touched by this terrible illness. Charities like Future Dreams can really make a difference to people’s lives. What can anyone reading this do to make a difference in the battle against breast cancer? From my own personal experience, I would say support, care, listen, and most of all cherish every moment. I feel truly blessed to have had Sylvie and Danielle in my life and I know their legacy will live on forever.

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I T R EAT ED MY BR E A ST CAN CER L IK E A

business problem JACQUELINE GOLD CBE HAD MADE HER NAME AS AN INSPIRATIONAL BUSINESS LEADER. WHEN SHE WAS TOLD SHE HAD BREAST C ANCER SHE DECIDED TO USE EVERYTHING SHE HAD LEARNT IN THE BOARD ROOM TO FIGHT HER ILLNESS. words LOUISE COURT

Every woman’s reaction to being diagnosed with

a business problem. Before I went to see my

breast cancer is as individual as the way her

consultant, Professor Justin Stebbing, I could

body responds to treatment. Business supremo

see my husband and my sister had been crying.

Jacqueline Gold, responsible for the Ann

I said ‘Why are you crying?’ They tried to pull

Summers empire, tackled hers in the same clear

themselves together. I said ‘come on guys, we

cut way she faces big work decisions. Here’s

have to put a plan together.’ It is the way I deal

here story:

with things.

“I have always been really vigilant about

I have always been very good in a crisis. If

checking my breasts. I check them every month.

there is a big drama, you want me on your team.

I’d had a mammogram in March 2016 which

I am a problem solver. I have the view that there

had been fine. When I was doing my checks in

is nothing that can’t be fixed. It is what business

September I thought something felt a bit strange

people do all the time. I was solution focussed.

but thought it was probably nothing. It still felt odd in October. I had an appointment coming up with my doctor who asked me where it was and as I tried to show her I found this pea-sized lump. As I found it I knew. I don’t like being spoon fed. She is a great doctor and has always been really honest. She said the most likely scenario is that it was breast cancer but that we’d get a biopsy. A week later I had the diagnosis it was Stage

I postponed our family holiday and told my seven-year-old daughter that mummy was poorly. I just knew I was going to throw everything at it and I was going to be OK. I don’t want to sound insensitive to others who have fought the illness because every case is different. But I knew I would be ok. Because chemo kills the white blood cells, I picked up an infection and had no immune system to fight it off. I ended up with severe

2 and had spread to my lymph nodes. I made

neutropenic shock and sepsis and my sister had

the decision straight away that I was not going

to rush me to A and E. My blood pressure was

to tell anyone. I approached it like I approach

incredibly low, leaving me on the verge of organ

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failure, and I was hospitalised for nine days. I had no idea I was so ill until Justin was doing his ward rounds and saying to me ‘We thought we were going to lose you.’ But I came through it. Before I became ill I had promised myself I was going to have an amazing year. I thought how am I going to make that happen so I promised myself the next time they scan they are not going to be able to find anything. When my next scan came, which was in January, they couldn’t find it. I’d had four, of a total of 30 rounds of chemo by then which was brutal. I went to see Justin who said I’d had a complete response to the treatment which was sensational. He told me that only one percent of patients with my type have it completely disappear. I felt like I had won the lottery. The chemo was then followed by radiotherapy. Justin asked if I had suffered adversity in my life. I told him I had lost my son at eight months old, I had been abused as a child and was poisoned by my nanny. He said ‘that is probably why you are doing so well.’ It is an interesting thing. We all hate adversity but it is surprisingly very powerful. I only cried once when my hair fell out. Your hair defines you. It was as I brushed my hair in the morning in my bedroom and it was the visible acknowledgement of what was happening. As soon as I was diagnosed I’d had my hair cut and researched the best wig to get. Work felt like an escape. It was great for me. I could just go and be me. Nobody knew I was ill apart from my immediate family and girlfriends. I arranged my days in the office and at home around my chemotherapy treatment which was quite aggressive. As time went on, I spent less and less time in the office. I knew I had to pace myself. I went to the office less and less but nobody knew. My assistant would go in and open the office, she would drive my car there

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YOU NEED TO BUILD A NETWORK AROUND YOU. TAKE SOMEONE WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENTS. WHEN YOU ARE GOING THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THIS THAT IS GOING TO BE TRAUMATIC AND DIFFICULT TO DEAL WITH YOU CAN BE SELECTIVE ABOUT WHAT YOU HEAR.

and park it, put SKY News on which I always have in the background and gave the impression that I was there. I just didn’t want to unsettle everybody. Everyone is different but it really worked for me. When I was first diagnosed it was a scary process to go through but I always believed I would be OK and it is something I feel very grateful for. While I would rather not have had to go through this, it has given me an opportunity. Without my cancer diagnosis I would not have changed my diet and started doing yoga, walking every day and meditating doing all the things that are important for a healthy life. I did exercise before and carried on doing it during my treatment but it was very hard. The nurse said people who exercise often recover more quickly. I started juicing twice a day – with apple, carrot, spinach, kale, a few strawberries and lemon. I don’t drink caffeine and I have reduced alcohol to very low levels and I feel better for it. Sugar has been the hardest thing to give up. I meditate for ten minutes every morning and have a salt bath two to three times a week. I very rarely eat meat. I used to say yes to everything and found it really difficult to say no. When you become ill, you re-evaluate things. Now I only do things I feel passionate about. I am still working hard but in a different way. If I had any advice it is that you need to build a network around you. Take someone with you to your appointments. When you are going through something like this that is going to be traumatic and difficult to deal with you can be selective about what you hear. You only hear the bad things or you miss things. Being supported is really important. There is a healing quality having trusted people with you. You need to think about whether or not you want to tell people and who you want to tell. Do what is right for you. Use it as an opportunity to change things in your life that you wouldn’t have done otherwise. I made myself a positive playlist to listen to. The first record was Faith by George Michael. When you are feeling down think about what will lift you. Do not google your condition. Your journey is different. People look at statistics that are based on averages. I would ask myself am I average? I am not average, you are not average, your experience and outcome will be different. People are often scared of having conversations with someone who has been diagnosed. The important thing is about being a good listener and acknowledging what they are going through. Don’t feel bad saying ‘How are you?, How are you feeling.’ We are often scared to say that. If you are ill you want to talk to someone positive. It is giving them confidence in their own inner self.”

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The power of

TRUSTING YOUR INSTINCTS FAST-PACED MEDIA MAVEN CLAUDINE COLLINS HAD TO LEARN TO PAUSE WHEN SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST C ANCER, SAVING MORE THAN ONE WOMAN words BEATRICE AIDIN photographs KEITH ROGERS

When the managing director of MediaCom Claudine Collins discovered she had breast cancer, she had what could be considered an unusual reaction. She told us, “My consultant said you are going to need an operation. So I looked at my diary and said ‘OK how about the 15th of January next year.’ It was October. He firmly said no and booked her in for treatment the following week. “Looking back, I was in denial and literally didn’t believe it because I had no symptoms.” How the diagnosis came about was due to unusual circumstances. “I happened to have cancelled a work trip so I had two weeks clear in my diary - which never happens!” A reminder letter for a smear test prompted Claudine to visit her GP. “When I was at the doctors for the test I also asked him to check my breasts, which he said were fine. But for some reason I asked him whether he thought I might need a mammogram.” It seemed a strange question to ask with no family history and no symptoms. But at nearly 50 at the time and having recently been on the board of a breast cancer charity fund-raiser, Claudine was keenly aware that early diagnosis is key and paid privately for a mammogram at the Princess Grace Hospital. Her instincts proved right. “Three days later I was called back in. The mammogram showed five shadows and the consultant sat me down and told me ‘You’ve got early stage breast cancer, but I have also seen something else so you will need to go to Northwick Park to have an MRI scan.”’ “I hadn’t thought anything was wrong up to the point where the consultant told me I had breast cancer,” she said. Claudine had a lumpectomy to remove the cancer and 21 days of radiotherapy, which she found painful and made her very tired, “I went to stay with my parents in Florida, after my treatment finished in January 2016, for three weeks rest.” Claudine tells a cautionary tale. “I wouldn’t have thought of it but when I told my consultant I was going to the U.S. he told me that I must let my travel insurance know about the cancer.” Indeed one phone call saved a lot of money as Claudine had side effects of some of the pills she was taking and had to go to hospital. “I was fine but had I not let my insurance know I would have had to pay thousands of dollars.”

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After returning to work, things had to be dialled down which led to unexpected romance. “I went back to work in February 2016 (found out October 2015) thinking I will not let this define me and I worked myself so hard that I almost made myself ill – and I realised couldn’t go out in the evenings with clients as I had always done. For the first time in an incredibly full life I started to feel lonely.” A friend happened to call Claudine and suggested a blind date. “I met David and that was it.” They married 10th December 2017 and live in London with one of her three adored stepchildren. As managing director of MediaCom, the media buying agency employs 1000 people overseeing 200 clients with an annual turnover of over £1billion. Having studied media planning at a Watford college, the best course in the country for media planning, she started as a receptionist and worked herself up the career ladder to the very top. For the unenlightened what is media planning? “If

ABOUT THE BRAND Nui Ami founder and designer Sanjit Vallance has been personally affected by breast cancer. Not only is her mother a breast cancer survivor of 20 years, but also her pattern cutter of this very chemise, was also diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. The special Future Dreams Blush Chemise has been designed to hold a breast prosthesis in place during sleep. This chemise has been carefully crafted with French blush

you have a client, for example, Boots and they want

embroidery and the softest

to increase their market share we do a lot of research

Austrian modal silk jersey in

about how they can do that via advertising whether that

order to create a garment

is TV, online, press and so forth to achieve that position.”

which is the perfect fit and has

For women the impostor syndrome still exists in the corporate world. “As a female employer we do so much for our women employees such as bolstering confidence and we are starting to do things for men as we want to be inclusive. I remember saying ‘Are we becoming a bit too female-focused in our training’ but the women do need it. We do an awful lot regarding mental health. All of us, including senior management have had training on it.” Claudine’s experience propelled her into action. “It made me think that my friends could possibly be in the same situation, so I made ten of my friends go for mammograms.” One friend was diagnosed with Stage One breast cancer. It all goes to show that vigilance is of course vital, but instinct played a part for Claudine with no lumps or indications. Those two weeks clear in her diary and a spontaneous mammogram meant the breast cancer was caught early enough for a full recovery. Sometimes, as Claudine wisely did, you have to trust your gut instinct and never more so when comes to your health.

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an endless wear-ability. Small luxuries such as this really can make all the difference to elevate morale and boost confidence. This extra special product has been designed exclusively for Future Dreams in order to inspire confidence in women when they need it the most without ever compromising comfort.


The Future Dreams Blush Chemise modelled by Claudine on the previous page and here by Andrea Pellegrini is available in nine cup sizes from 30-40 B-GG. You can buy it for ÂŁ115 at www.nuiami.com with 20% going to Future Dreams

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ES CA P ING FOR A S E NS E OF

normality

SARA PRENTICE SHARES HER STORY OF FINDING A LUMP JUST WHEN SHE HAD STARTED A NEW JOB AS CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT THE HOUSE OF GARRARD, JEWELLERS TO THE QUEEN. words BEATRICE AIDIN

“I had just started at artistic director at Garrard in September 2012, and in early November I was going on my first work trip with my then CEO to Doha to meet the partners out there — it was a big deal. The night before I left I found a lump in my left breast. You are told breast cancer is usually a pea-sized lump that is unmovable, but it wasn’t like that — it was flat but quite big and noticeable. How I didn’t notice it before I don’t know. My husband Lance said I should not go to Doha. But I felt like I had to and caught the 7am flight the next morning feeling sick with worry. By the time I got home I went straight from the airport to the Garrard Christmas party which, as a new member of the team, I felt I had to attend.

Sarah Prentice Creative Director at Garrard

know! I thought in frustration. I was referred to a consultant who I didn’t like on sight; she said ‘it’s nothing to worry about, it’s just a gland

Of course my husband was going nuts

and it’s the run up to Christmas so why don’t

telling me to go straight to the doctors from

you come back after the holidays?” I spoke to

the airport. The next day I did go to my GP

my sister who said, “For God’s sake Sara you’ve

who said ‘yes you have got a lump’ - thanks, I

got private healthcare.” So I went to a private

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hospital and, unlike the other consultant, they

husband he would have to deal with that bit, I

were very nice but it was a brutal experience.

would deal with the other end… But I didn’t

The consultant said, ‘There’s no point beating

feel sick once because my oncologist who gave

about the bush, I can see it’s cancer.’ I went to get a biopsy the next day and had to go back to the consultant on Christmas Eve to get my results. The consultant said ‘It’s 100 per cent cancer. But I want to tell you now, we can treat this.’ It was a truly awful Christmas. I had the results from the lump but was still waiting to find out if the cancer had got into my bones or my blood system – which fortunately it hadn’t. My daughter Emily was ten at the time and Thomas was 14. We told them what was going on from the start but my son took the news harder than Emily, I’m not sure she really comprehended it. After Christmas I was given

me a clever combination of treatment. The chemotherapy reduced the lump to the point you could barely notice it. But the cancer had gone into my lymph nodes so I had to have them removed and still have the fear of lymphedema. In that July I started my radiotherapy, which only took five minutes. I was lucky that I didn’t have any side effects or pain; in fact the most painful thing was driving to the hospital to find a car parking space. And of course it’s very sad when you are there in the oncology unit and it’s scary how many people are affected. That December I went back and had

the option of either having the lump removed

the sign off, I was cancer free. I still do go

and losing quite a lot of tissue, as it was quite

back of course for an annual check up and

large or having chemotherapy to reduce

mammogram, at Christmas unfortunately and

the size of it. I chose to have six sessions

of course it’s always tough.

of chemo, which were three weeks apart. I would have it on Wednesday and would feel pretty ropey by Friday and by Sunday would start to come out of it and was OK to go back to work on Tuesday. I took Emily along to one of my chemo sessions because I thought it would be good for her to know where I was going and what I was doing and reassure her it didn’t hurt, but the hospital said she couldn’t come in. However I recently saw on TV a woman having her treatment surrounded by her family so maybe things have changed, I hope so. The effects of chemo are cumulative and

What I also found difficult is that breast cancer really zaps you of your femininity; my hair fell out and soon after it started, I went to my hairdresser Carly and she shaved it off - and I spent an absolute bloody fortune on wigs. But something lovely happened the first day I wore my wig to work. I was so nervous and self-conscious about wearing it, knowing that everyone at Garrard was going to know what was happening to me. I stopped off at Pret a Manger to get a coffee and just as I was walking out this guy tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘I just want to let you know

the effects after each treatment gets worse

you look absolutely stunning’ and then walked

and worse. I have a total phobia of vomiting

off. It really gave my confidence a boost just

– in fact when we had the children I told my

when I needed it. “

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HELPING WOMEN SHINE DAY AND NIGHT Gerrard decorates our fabulous models in our fabulous models in our 2018 epic night out

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, House of Garrard, the world’s longest serving jeweller, will donate 15% of the sale of its signature TwentyFour collection of iconic diamond and dot jewellery. The London-based jewellery house recognises that one in eight women in the U.K. are touched by breast cancer in her lifetime and wants to do a part of help raise awareness and research. Women are at the heart of the House of Garrard — each piece is designed by women, for women, and its top positions are now held by women too. From royalty to our presenters at this year’s TEN: A decade of dreams, Garrard rings, bracelets and pendants are a symbol of beauty and grace. Garrard offers wearers of the TwentyFour line the opportunity to express their support for the charity through their everyday lives. To get your iconic piece this October, visit garrard.com/collections/twentyfour

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Lisa’s

LEGACY SOMETIMES IT’S NOT ALL FLOWERS AND TEARS. FAMILY IS STILL FAMILY EVEN WHEN YOU’RE DEALING WITH C ANCER TOGETHER. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE WHEN IT’S A FAMILY BUSINESS

We talk to Jamie and Darren Crook who are accepting the 2018 Future Dreams Humanitarian Award on behalf of their mum, Lisa Crook.

How would you describe your mum’s rise in the beauty industry? J: We are obviously very proud of her. Growing up, she was always working very hard. When she started Louella Belle, if you told her she would ultimately have both her sons working with her she would have

Lisa Crook 1955-2017

said “never in a million years.” I think having us work together at Louella

Belle gave her a lot of pleasure. When she started distributing Essie, the nail business was tiny. There was one salon in every eight towns and now there are eight salons in every town. D: Mum was instinctive. She didn’t have a 25-year plan for the business. She had a keen eye for products that just happened to become successful. Take Seche Vite for example, now a household name that has won the InStyle Award 17 times. In the early 1990’s an entrepreneurial woman was rare. The business started from a kitchen table. How did having a working Mum influence you and what did you learn from her? D: It goes without saying that we are very proud. In terms of influence, it just turned her from a normal mum into a ‘Super’ Mum that could do so much more. Mum was equally comfortable driving me to football camp whilst simultaneously explaining a commercial issue in the office. At the flip of a switch, she could then revert to having a ‘girlie’ conversation with one of her friends. She made it look effortless and has inspired me to recognize that you can be a successful parent, friend and mentor all in one. Did you ever feel that the business compromised her abilities as a mother? J: No, that is the amazing thing. She did what she did, but she was always present. Being Mum always came first. Having dinner on the table and running a house was always priority number one. D: You would never know there was a business running in the background. It never compromised her being a mum. She was not trying to accomplish some meteoric takeover of the world. She just loved the idea that she was able to be completely self-sufficient. Mum had the perfect balance.

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Now that she is not around do you feel like you have a better understanding? D: We have a better perspective on what she ‘really’ enjoyed about the business. She loved the customers, especially those with mutual loyalty and Mum loved watching their businesses grow too. J: We used to hear her jingling up the office stairs and then she would appear…. We knew we were going to get in trouble for something and most of the time it was “so and so told me about this, why didn’t I know”. We now appreciate that as the business grew, whilst she was completely comfortable, she missed having direct contact with the customers and being on the front line of every decision. So what would you say you learned from her? J Never ask anyone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself. Not so many years ago, mum could be found in the warehouse packing boxes. She was a very strong and independent woman. She also had a very strong maternal instinct, protecting Darren, myself and our Dad from any issues. Most notably, the extent of her illness. D: Mum did not like it if she walked in and people didn’t say hello! J: Mum used to love to talk with everyone and would engage in conversations with the customer service team about Coronation Street. Mum was very approachable. I meet people now and they say, “your Mum was the scariest women” but if you knew her, she was the complete opposite. She was a big softy and would always go the extra mile for her employees. If anyone had a problem, she would always sit down and give her time. She enjoyed that mother figure relationship with her team as well.

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D: We have also learned this year how she helped other people affected with various illnesses – again, keeping this to herself. How did you learn of your Mum’s breast cancer diagnosis? How did it affect you and what were your coping mechanisms? D: Historically, mum had a troublesome back and was walking with a limp. The doctors kept scanning her back but could not locate a cause for the issue. J: She kept going to the back surgeon and they were about to undertake a massive back operation. Sean Malloy intervened and suggested Mum see a hip specialist who conducted an MRI. D: They found a tumour on her hip bone but the full diagnosis was to take a week. During that week, there was no mention of breast cancer but knowing there was

D: Part of the reason we did not realize the severity of her

a tumour on the hip bone led us to google, where we

illness in 2017 is a testament to how well she managed

entertained the possibility of bone cancer. That week

her initial diagnosis and treatment years earlier. Being

was incredibly hard. At the follow up appointment, we

younger, we were protected from the details so did not

learned that the tumour on the hip was secondary to

ever fully appreciate how lucky she was to have nine

another tumour on her breast. They originally treated

years in the interim full of happiness. Looking back, this

the tumour on her hip with radiation which was

was both a blessing and a curse.

successful. The tumour shrunk but also weakened the bone and, whilst she was having chemotherapy for her breast, the hip bone broke. A hip replacement during chemotherapy was not possible, so she had to manage with a broken hip for months. She went to work almost every day throughout. J: When you hear the word cancer, at some point you entertain every eventuality. Mum would be at work every day apart from the day she had chemotherapy, she just kept going.

Did you not really need coping mechanisms the first time? D: I think these are natural, I do not really remember her being unwell. J: I remember a couple of bad moments, but Mum made it very easy for us. I was working with her and because she was here every day, she brushed it under the carpet and it was business as usual. Mum and I had some horrendous arguments in the office and I remember feeling guilty because she was ill and I just was not giving her any slack. We used to share an office and midargument I said something to her, everyone in the office saw, and she threw a stapler which marginally missed my head. I don’t know who would have felt worse if it had hit. We often spoke about the flying stapler! Honestly, I could be an absolute shit to her about something small she had done wrong. I felt guilty about that for a long time. D: I agree with Jamie. One of the hardest parts of this process is the guilt of not realizing how ill she was, therefore not adjusting our behaviour. Until the last ten weeks, I really treated her no differently. Maybe this was how she wanted it – I hope.

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Lauren

Diagnosed aged 31

How are you both continuing your mum’s charitable legacy, you did the Moon Walk? J: Yes, I’ve done the Moon Walk. Nail Breast Cancer is something we want to continue that and make that a nationwide campaign. D: Without question we are going to continue mum’s charitable legacy. We have developed a nail varnish in Mum’s memory called “Don’t Drive Me Mad” - one of her favourite sayings. With

Help spread the word!

Show us your manicure on Instagram, tag #NailBreastCancer @FutureDreamsCharity

90% of proceeds going to Future Dreams.

Future Dreams is a charity helping women diagnosed with breast cancer to step beyond their diagnosis and move forwards with their lives. By donating a few pounds throughout October to help #NailBreastCancer you will help fund vital support, awareness and research. We believe that if we act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. Registered charity number 1123526

What about the second time? J: There was a six-month period where her tumour markers were out. Mum would have tests, come back and say, “My markers are out” and “Paul (her doctor)doesn’t know what’s wrong with me”. She knew it was coming and acknowledged this was worrying. We would always reassure her that she looked well. She felt well and went to the gym almost every day. D: I took the view that she was fortunate to be under such close care and if there was something wrong, it would be dealt with. Looking back at last year, it’s too complicated to really understand. Cancer is not math where there is a defined answer. It is an unpredictable disease and there are no two cases the same. We are still trying to get our head around how she deteriorated so quickly. We understand the basics in that the previously dormant cells became active. They had previously been suppressed by medicine. There were two or three different situations and we did not have all the information. J: Mum only stopped going to the gym after her second operation D: The chemotherapy to address a targeted area was so strong that it eliminated the cancer cells in that area, but also weakened Mum so much that she did was not strong enough to fight the next round. Just like your mum, you just soldiered on. J: I’m convinced she knew what was going on and didn’t tell us. Darren is not. There was scant evidence from the oncologist for example “we told your Mum X, Y, Z.” Maybe an element of denial or she just chose not to tell us. Maybe a bit of both. Constantly in and out of hospital, she was always saying “I’m going in and having this done and I’ll be out.” Immediately after any procedure, she would be messaging our family group with silly messages. She was always a funny one about dying. She would go down for an operation and come back to say, “Don’t worry, I’m still alive” and kept this humour to the end. Three days before she passed away I went to see her in hospital and she had loads of messages from people. Not strong enough to type, she made me write to her

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friends and I remember typing the message

How are you both continuing your Mum’s

thinking you can’t send this to your friends

charitable legacy?

and she was like “I can!” It was the most

J: I’ve done the 26 mile Moon Walk. Nail Breast

ridiculous message about how she was fine and would be coming out to play soon. I knew she was not going anywhere but it made her friends quite happy. D: I think the turning point for me last year was after she had her treatment and the results were really positive, but she was still unwell. That didn’t make any sense. That was when I started to get nervous. Late September I think. J: I was in Australia for all of November and whilst away, there was huge change. Her doctors were as shocked as anybody that things happened at the speed they did. The doctors are just looking at things on a spreadsheet, but what you need them to do is look at people’s general wellbeing — are

Cancer is something we want to continue and make that a nationwide campaign. What would your Mum’s first reaction be to her being honoured with the Humanitarian award? J: She would have hidden under the desk. She was very modest and did not like a fuss around her. She would have been absolutely blown away. She was very shy but the photo of her meeting Prince Charles (in recognition of her work) was in every room of the house and she was incredibly proud of it. Her award is multifaceted. It is honouring a woman who, despite all the health difficulties, was still an incredible business woman, charitable and well respected. She

they eating? Are they keeping themselves

was inspirational to other women.

strong? Are they getting all the things they

As brothers who work together, how is

need? Palliative care is a dangerous concept as it is normally for the very end. In reality, I would recommend a version of this to anybody undergoing treatment. Which is what Future Dreams House does. J: I think that is the missing link, and I am maybe ‘naively’ confident that it would have made a difference. The doctors are doing their job, but you must go beyond and build a support infrastructure. It’s that extra bit of care that you can’t find on a spreadsheet. What is your connection with Future Dreams? We understand Lisa met Sylvie during their treatment. J: Mum met Sylvie as they originally had treatment at the same time. I remember

your relationship changed? J: Our working relationship has not changed. Mum loved that Darren and I were together every day. We probably feel more responsibility now. That must show how she mentored you very well J: I miss her more as mum. The hardest thing for me is with my kids. Ralphie was born on Mother’s Day and sadly never met his Nana. My eldest is three and a half. He and Mum were very close. He still talks about her and looks at photos of them together, but I worry as he grows older, if he will remember how special their bond was.

Mum telling me that she’d met Danielle too,

In the work place, is there any time you

and that they are both ok now. Having been

look at each other and think how Mum

affected by breast cancer, they wanted to

would have reacted?

raise money and awareness for a good cause.

J: All the time. We have not made any decision

There was an obvious connection between

this year without at least considering if mum

her, Sylvie and Danielle.

would have approved.

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Swimming

WITH CONFIDENCE DESIGNER MELISSA ODABASH PARTNERS WITH THE AMOENA FASHION LINE TO HELP WOMEN OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES MAKE WAVES photographs WENDY CARRIG

Designer sunglasses, bag, jeans, shoes… we won’t leave the house these days without being gorgeously Instagram-ready. It’s the same when we’re on holiday – we want the very latest swimwear in the sexiest, most flattering styles. But what happens when you’ve had breast cancer surgery? Celebrity and luxury swimwear designer Melissa Odabash decided to tackle that question head-on, launching a capsule range with leading breast-care brand Amoena. Women all over the world love glamorous swimwear and those in the know adore Melissa Odabash’s exclusive designs. The designer, an exswimwear model, understands what makes a woman look great on the beach or by the pool, and her styles are worn by fashionistas, A-listers and royalty. Melissa’s older sister Jamie was diagnosed with breast cancer just at age 38. She opted for a full mastectomy and subsequently had breast reconstruction. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Melissa explains that she came up with the idea of designing a range of swimwear for women who have fought breast cancer when she noticed her sister no longer seemed to feel comfortable on the beach following her breast surgery. Future Dreams Ambassadors Melissa Odabash (left) and model Jacquie Beltrao at the London launch of the 2018 collection

Regular swimwear didn’t have the support Jamie was looking for, nor did it cover the scars from her operation. Melissa’s first post-mastectomy range was designed

with pockets to fit a prosthesis for women who hadn’t had reconstruction, and included higher arm openings and wider coverage to hide scars. Crafted with all the simplicity and style of her main swimwear collection, it’s no wonder the range was a sell-out.

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LOOKING FANTASTIC For her second collection, in 2017, Melissa collaborated with leading post-surgery breast wear company Amoena, with a portion of the proceeds of each sale going to Future Dreams. It’s a perfect partnership, as there’s a deeply shared commitment to supporting women’s confidence and wellbeing after breast cancer. Melissa decided to collaborate with Amoena again this year because, she says, “We got such amazing feedback from women who now feel like they can go to the beach and feel good. So it really is about giving women their confidence back.” The sentiment is echoed by the face of the collection, TV news presenter Jacquie Beltrao, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. So secure and confident does Jacquie feel in this swimwear that she wore a strapless bikini top from the 2018 collection underneath her jacket at the glamorous launch event at the women-only club Grace Belgravia earlier this year. “When you put these pieces on you just feel a million dollars,” Jacquie says, “and you almost forget that you have had a mastectomy because they give you a really good figure. You feel everything is pulled into the right places and I think they look fantastic.” Amoena’s customers seem to agree. Reviewing their purchases, many gave their chosen style five stars, praising the flattering fit, stylish cut and comfort. Comments like “extremely well made” and “very flattering around the tummy area” abound, and it’s clear that women feel confident when wearing them. The collaboration has definitely made some waves, and the 2019 collection is set to continue the trend. See the full collection at www.amoena.com – also available from selected retailers listed online.

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IF I CAN HELP ANY WOMAN WHO IS GOING THROUGH BREAST CANCER TREATMENT THEN I WOULD FEEL THAT GOING THROUGH IT MYSELF WOULD HAVE A POINT TO IT -VERA ORA, BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR FUTURE DREAMS AMBASSADOR AND MODEL FOR THE 2019 SWIMWEAR LINE

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Help

NAIL BREAST CANCER THE NAIL INDUSTRY JOINS TOGETHER TO WORK TOWARDS A BRIGHTER, MORE BEAUTIFUL FUTURE words ALEX FOX pictures SIMON EMMETT

For 2018, the #NailBreastCancer campaign, now in its fifth year, is presenting a stunning campaign of eight models, who have all been touched personally by breast cancer in some capacity. The models were invited by the charity Future Dreams to a photo shoot with renowned celebrity photographer and Future Dreams Ambassador Simon Emmett in state-of-the art Spring Studios, where session nail techs, Joanna Newbold and Yasmine Elwakil groomed their nails in colours of their choice. The focus of this year’s campaign is to get closer to the consumer by showcasing eye-grabbing imagery in order to raise more funds than ever and to capture the attention of the industry and beyond. This campaign has been co-created with Spring Studios and championed by Patsy Kensit, whose mother had breast cancer. In featuring Patsy and seven other models who have suffered this disease,

“I chose to wear striking red nails for the campaign in Chanel 08 Pirate, as they work so well with the amber ring I wanted to accessorise with.” Andrea Pellegrini

Future Dreams is raising awareness that one in eight women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. “This unique campaign encourages people to donate a few pounds after getting a nail polish treatment throughout October to help those touched by Breast Cancer,” explained Ilana Magar of Future Dreams. #NailBreastCancer will help fund vital support, awareness and research. It serves to honour

The nail industry was saddened by the news ten months ago of the passing of Lisa Crook, who was a founder of the #NailBreastCancer campaign. In her honour, Louella Belle has teamed up with Artistic Nail Design to create a tribute nail shade to Lisa named, ‘Don’t Drive Me Mad’, which will see 90% from each bottle sold donated to Future Dreams. Future Dreams itself has honoured Lisa

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diagnosed with this disease every year.

Dreams Humanitarian Award 2018 in her name.


“The nail brief given by the Future Dreams team was to do whatever the model asked for. Saskia sought different sherbet colours by OPI for a multi-coloured look to express her personality and complement her jewellery and tattoos.” Nail stylist,

Shot at Spring Studios Photography: Simon Emmett, London Nails: @yasmineelwakil and @ JoannaNewbold Make-up: @amanda.grossman and @ makeupbyrina Hair: @stephentlow Ursula Lake Stylist, Jewellery provided by Boodles and Lola Rose

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to make a donation to the campaign after their treatment, which will then be donated to Future Dreams. By participating in this venture, you will be helping Future Dreams to fight breast cancer by raising money for its two beneficiaries, Breast Cancer Haven and Breast Cancer Now (formerly Breakthrough Breast Cancer).

Renowned nail brands, professional

distributors and companies alike have partnered together across the nail industry in support of Future Dreams. These include Louella Belle, Gerrard International, Sweet Squared, Palms Extra, Bio Sculpture Gel UK, Beauty Concepts International, Salon System, Scratch magazine, Olympia Beauty, The Guild and The Creative Beauty Group.

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How it feels

AS A DAD WI T H OUT TH E M UM WHEN HIS WIFE DIED OF BREAST C ANCER AT AGE 40, SPENCER LESLIE HAD TO RAISE THEIR THREE CHILDREN ALONE. EIGHT YEARS ON, MOTHER’S DAY IS STILL TOUGH BUT THEY ARE EMBRACING NEWFOUND JOY words LOUISE COURT

is still one of the hardest days of the year, when all their friends are writing cards and buying flowers. I met Danielle in the summer of 1995 and knew almost right away that I’d marry her. In the end, it was two years before we wed, when she was 27 and I was 31. Danielle lived and breathed dancing and ran a dance school with her mum. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at 35, shortly after we learnt her own mother had the disease. Danielle’s specialist was initially really pleased with how she responded to the treatment. We thought she had beaten it. She was feeling great when we went for her Danielle, Spencer, Amy, Ben and Joe in 2005, the year of Danielle’s diagnosis

The best moment of my week is: “Can I tell you about my day?” We sit on her bed and she talks with such

routine blood test. But then the results came back and her specialist was so stunned he could hardly speak. Until that moment I’d always thought Danielle would be cured, but sitting in the hospital, I knew she was going to die.

expression in her eyes and her hands that I’m swept along

The children knew their mum was ill, but when she

by her stories. I know about her teachers, which ones she

lost her hair they found it hard to understand. Danielle

likes and what has happened with her school friends that

told me what she wanted for the kids, the principles she

day. Losing her mother eight years ago, when Amy was

wanted them to have — manners, politeness and respect.

just six, was so painful, but these conversations are one

She had three boxes made for them that I keep in my

of the strange and lovely things that have happened as a

wardrobe. Every time I open the door, they remind me

result. My relationships with my three kids, Ben, 20, Joe,

to carry out my instructions the best I can. They were

17, and Amy, 14, are closer and more intimate than they

Danielle’s way of including herself in the milestones in

might have been if Danielle had lived. But Mother’s Day

their lives that she wouldn’t be around to see.

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In each box there is a birthday card that is taken out and reused every year before being placed back. There are good-luck cards for GCSEs and A-levels and for starting university. There are special cards for 18th and 21st birthdays, as well as when the children get married and become parents themselves. In the boys’ boxes there are razors, shaving cream and condoms. Amy’s box contains jewellery and a tampon. On the top of the boxes is a picture of each child with their mum. Danielle died on September 17, 2010, and afterwards I tried to put on a bright smile for the kids, to pretend I was OK. The hardest times were after they had gone to bed and I was on my own. There were many nights when I would go into Amy’s room, pick her up, bring her into my bed and cuddle her. For about two years, from six to eight, she’d be my hot-water bottle, my comforter and blanket. Danielle’s mother, Sylvie, lost

DANIELLE TOLD ME WHAT SHE WANTED FOR THE KIDS, THE PRINCIPLES SHE WANTED THEM TO HAVE

her battle with cancer shortly before she did. They had set up a charity, Future Dreams, to fund research and raise awareness for breast cancer.

It takes a very special kind of woman to do what Lucy is doing. I am complicated and she is very easy-going. She

To begin with, my whole life was devoted to the kids.

had to sit at Amy’s bat mitzvah listening to her saying the

After three years had passed, I finally felt able to go on a

only thing that could make her day better would be if her

few dates, but there was nothing serious. Then I met Lucy.

mum was there. Lucy understands and knows that none

She was getting divorced and had two children of her

of us asked to be where we are. She knows that at times

own. We moved in together, but after a year and a half I

we miss Danielle.

just fell apart. I had never dealt with my grief and what was going on in my head.

I’ve been lucky to meet someone with Lucy’s qualities. She is kind and generous, as well as being strong and

Twice I finished our relationship, but Amy adored

independent — a good combination for a woman in a

Lucy and encouraged me to try again. We got married

blended family. Thanks to her, my kids and I are living a

in November 2016. I told my kids beforehand that I was

happy life again. I love her madly. Everything is bittersweet.

planning to propose, as it was so important to me they

I am loving my new chapter, but you never move on, you

were happy.

move forward.

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DEAR RACHAEL, YOU HELPED ME LEARN TO LAUGH AT CANCER.

I’ll miss you

HOST OF YOU ME AND THE BIG C WRITES A FAREWELL LETTER TO HER DEAR FRIEND AND CO-HOST RACHAEL BLAND. words LAUREN MAHON

Oh babygirl. Where do I even start? Recently we received a text we knew deep down was coming but hoped never would. You told us you had just days left. That you had lots of death admin to do. That you needed more time. We all did, Rach. Diagnosed with breast cancer just two months apart, we formed our online friendship pretty sharpish, supporting one another through treatments, scans and surgeries, sending streams of

“cool cancer blogging girls’ podcast” to me. Having shared our cancer anecdotes so publicly online, it was becoming apparent that there was a real shift in how those affected by the disease were supporting each other. We were dissatisfied by the materials provided by clinicians. They were stuffy, cold and aimed at older people. And so thousands of fierce females like us were creating our own source of strength – each other (because nobody gets you

encouragement and our own

like the cancer community).

In December 2017, we took our fledgling friendship over to email when you submitted a piece to my online cancer community GIRLvsCANCER called “The Fear”. You described your recurrence as “The cancer equivalent of

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during these email exchanges that you floated the idea of a

comments filled with words of similar struggles.

Rachael Bland with You, Me and the Big C co-hosts Lauren Mahon and The Sun’s Deborah James

of the dry humour I’d come to absolutely adore. It was

We got busy plotting our episode topics, excitedly brainstorming our ideal guests and before you could say “scanxiety” there we were with the wonderful Deborah James in a BBC 5 Live studio recording You, Me and the Big C, a cancer podcast. The podcast has covered everything – practical advice on treatments, pain management and finance. My faves to record with you were on the subject matter that folk

being seated next to the dull

wouldn’t expect to find on a cancer podcast, like body

bloke at dinner”. An example

image or playing the cancer card in “The Positives” episode.


Our aim was to discuss the nuances of a cancer diagnosis in an accessible, almost animated way. We often joked that we chatted about cancer like it was an episode of EastEnders. But that was the entire point, wasn’t it? To open up a dialogue around the disease. Being open and honest and raw. To create a better understanding of the cancer experience – to ensure that future Deborahs, Laurens and Rachaels would never feel lost or alone. We were just three friends talking cancer taboos over a cup of tea. There just happened to be microphones in the room. Since your death we’ve been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love for both you and the podcast. Messages confirming that your crusade to normalise the conversation around this bastard disease is truly taking effect. That cancer patients are finding solace in our weekly chinwags, that carers are gaining an improved insight into what their loved ones are going through. And most importantly – you’d buzz off this – that the pod is enabling medical practitioners to better treat their patients. You’d be proud to know that Deb and I haven’t once said you “passed” or that we’ve “lost” you (we didn’t leave you in Primark). Along with your husband, Steve we’re also confronting the whole “battle” cliché surrounding cancer – you, my girl, were and always will be a winner. You carried yourself with guts, grace and gumption and I’ll go Danny Dyer on anyone who dares say you “lost”.

The girls in the studio broadcastig their podcast You Me and the Big C.

all this amazing stuff has happened, that the cancer conversation is centre stage, that people are beginning to sit up and listen – is you. It’s all you. Rachael Bland, to most you were an outstanding journalist and broadcaster. But you were also a cherished wife, mother, sister, daughter, colleague and friend. The darkness left in the wake of your death is lit by the impressive legacy you have created. You’ve changed so many lives for the better. Including mine. You’ve taught me the meaning of courage and of class.

HAVING SHARED OUR CANCER ANECDOTES SO PUBLICLY ONLINE, IT WAS BECOMING APPARENT THAT THERE WAS A REAL SHIFT IN HOW THOSE AFFECTED BY THE DISEASE WERE SUPPORTING EACH OTHER.

You offered me a space on the pod that became my very own sanctuary. My purpose. I’ll be forever grateful for the role you have played in beginning to heal my broken heart. I honestly don’t know how I’m going to get back into that studio with your seat bare. To not make you a brew or hand over my fan when it’s your turn to hot flush. I’m going to miss you sliding into my DMs cooing over my latest purchase or cackling over inappropriate suggestions for

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GIRLvsCANCER slogans. So much has happened recently that I know you would be absolutely awed by. It breaks my heart that I can’t call you, that we can’t shriek at one another excitedly down the phone. Babes, we’ve had 175,000 listens on iTunes in one week and we finally made it on to The One Show sofa to share the You, Me and the Big C crusade. Cate Blanchett and Jack Black think you’re incredibly brave, FYI. It’s bittersweet, though, mate. Because the only reason

As per your wishes, I promise to continue the pod with Deb, and I’m more determined than ever to continue the conversation you’ve started and to make your Steve and Freddie proud. We’ll make sure he knows exactly what a rock star his mummy was. I just really hope you knew it too. Thank you for letting me be a part of your world. Lauren Mahon is a presenter of You, Me and the Big C cancer podcast

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MUSIC OF

our lives EDITH BOWMAN TALKS ABOUT SUPPORTING HER MOM THROUGH BREAST CANCER AND THE THERAPEUTIC POWER OF MUSIC words LOUISE COURT

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How did you cope supporting your mother in her battle with breast cancer. Is there any advice you can share with people going through the same thing? My mum has always been one of those people that everyone else goes to for help, advice and support and even when she told us about her diagnosis, she was more concerned about how we were all coping than thinking about herself. I didn’t know she was going for a mammogram, it wasn’t from finding anything, it was her 50th birthday present from the NHS. Thankfully she went and they detected it early and we were very lucky. It was only after her radiation treatment, everyday for 6 weeks that mum started to allow herself to face what she had gone through and realise how lucky she was. She definitely went through a bit of depression, which wasn’t helped by the meds she was on. We are so grateful to all the staff at Ninewells hospital in Dundee who looked after her. If I’m being honest I’m not sure how I coped. I think I didn’t allow myself to believe it, I guess adopting part of my mums trick there. We talk about it very openly and did so at the time. My dad found it particularly hard to talk about they are like the two halves of a whole, so I think for him he couldn’t and wouldn’t talk about it. Not until after anyway. But I do think communication is important, for the good things you want to say and the bad. It’s about being supportive isn’t it? That can mean dropping everything and being by someone’s side but it can also mean giving them space. How important a role did music play at that time for both you and your mother? Music has always been in our world from all different angles. I know that mum would listen to music when she was having her treatment, I bought her an iPod and put loads of things on it for her. Some fun, some silly and some of her favourites like Tina Turner and Rod Stewart. Are there particular feel good tunes you both like to listen to or ones that reminded you of happy times and powered you through? AGAIN anything from Rod Stewart she loves him! And Tina Turner for sure, ‘Simply The Best’ or ‘Proud Mary’ were her favourites. She’s a big fan of Snow Patrol too. It’s funny my husband [Tom Smith, front-man of the Editors] and I never talk about the lyrics in his songs, you know, what’s this about and what’s that about, I never ask. But there is one song that he wrote around the time of mum being diagnosed called ‘An End Has A Start’ and there are a couple of lines in it that even now if I’m watching them live or hear that song, I well up. The lines are, “I won’t disappoint you as you fall apart.” Then the other line is “more and more people I know are getting ill, pull something good from the ashes now be still.” Many people put together playlists when they are going through chemo is this something your mother did? The iPod that I gave her I put a few things on there but then I didn’t want to force her into feeling a certain way and encouraged her to fill it up with her choices. I never asked her what she put on it because I saw it as almost therapy. You wouldn’t ask someone what they did in therapy would you? Do you have any advice on the best way to pull together a play list. Should it be old favourites or is it a time to discover new artists. It’s personal. It shouldn’t be too driven by memories and good times as that can be soul destroying. I think being funny and silly with it whilst also putting on specific songs and artists that mean something to you and them can also be lovely, but be careful.

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Edith’s S OU N DTRACK ESCAPISM Shut your eyes, listen and feel transported. Hard Sun by Eddie Veder from Pearl Jam. He did the whole soundtrack for the film Into The Wild and this is my favourite from it — great album and great film. RELAXATION Music to help you forget your worries, stresses and inability to sleep. Midlake’s - Roscoe. It’s one of my favourite albums of all time, The Trials of Van Occupanther. It’s my go to. HAPPINESS

MOTIVATION

Songs that can bring

When you feel

you joy.

down and broken.

Tina Turner - Proud

Editors’ - Hallelujah

Mary. It just makes me

(So Low) -

think of my mum which

everything about

puts a smile on my face

this song lifts me.

immediately. PHYSICAL

CRYING

EXERCISE

When you need to

Something to help

stop putting a brave

you get back on

face on for everyone

your feet and start

and have a good cry.

wanting to move

Jeff Buckley’s - Last

again.

Goodbye. This always

I love running to this.

makes me cry. Such a

Marks To Prove It by

perfect song.

The Maccabees

LISTENING Please recommend any great podcasts or music documentaries that can be downloaded. Well obviously I’m going to suggest, Soundtracking with Edith Bowman. It’s my podcast that just won two awards at the New York Radio Festival. I speak to film makers about their relationship with music, both professionally and personally. I think you’ll like it as there is something up there for everyone.

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One ring TO UNITE THEM ALL

HOW THE POWER OF FASHION, FRIENDSHIP AND A CIRCLE C AN BECOME A POWERFUL REMINDER OF THE WOMEN WE LOVE AND OUR OWN SELF C ARE.

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It all started back in January 2018 when two members of the Future Dreams team met with the lovely best friends and fashion bloggers from We Are Twinset over coffee in Selfridges. Fashionistas and bloggers Sarah Ellis and Philippa Bloom knew they wanted to get involved in Future Dreams and helping its cause, but they weren’t sure exactly how. After a lot of caffeine and chatting, the idea came about to create a circular diamond ring symbolising the unity of sisterhood and friendship that acts as a beautiful reminder to be vigilant about checking one’s breasts. In walks Nikki Gerwirtz, founder of Lola Rose Jewellery and a long standing, loyal and passionate Future Dreams Ambassador. And with this trio The Dream Ring was born. Together we created a sterling silver ring entirely handmade featuring 56 pave set diamonds, weighing a total of 0.14 carats. The perfect loop shape measures 20mm in diameter and the ring is synonymous with the style of We Are Twinset whilst reflecting the sophistication and quality of the Lola Rose brand. This unique and striking ring retails at £195 with all proceeds after costs being donated to the charity to Future Dreams. The distinctive ring has a powerful meaning and message whilst being a reminder of those who have been touched breast cancer, survivors, women currently going through treatment, and those who have supported loved ones through the disease. To mothers, sisters, daughters and friends, this ring acts as a beautiful reminder to be vigilant about checking your breasts whilst continually supporting all the wonderful women in our lives. Sarah’s family has been affected by breast cancer and both her and Philippa felt compelled to raise awareness especially to the younger generation. “We have a powerful voice within the social media world after building a strong following of over 93,000 on Instagram and we feel it is crucial for women to know how to properly check their breasts. We are so excited about this collaboration and feel honoured to be working with Future Dreams and Lola Rose on such a special and meaningful project.” Nikki Gewirtz, added, “Future Dreams is extremely close to my heart and I feel very proud to be a part of a dedicated and inspiring team helping to educate women whilst raising funds to help those who have been touched and affected by breast cancer.”

Nikki Gewirtz MBE founder on Lola Rose

The ring sold out within 48 hours of launching back in June and we were overwhelmed with the response and support for our unique and meaningful dream

ring. By the time of printing, The Dream Ring has raised more than £5,000 for Future Dreams. For further information about the dream ring or to purchase, please visit www.lolarose.co.uk

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Fists raised-

AGAINST CANCER TEN BUSINESSMEN TRAINED FOR SIX MONTHS TO PUT IT ALL IN THE RING TO FIGHT FOR THOSE TOUCHED BY BREAST C ANCER photographs PAUL TOEMAN words JODI MEYERSTONE

Following the roaring success of the previous Fight Night, the gloves were on again at Fight Night 2. This brave and courageous night took place on 28th September 2017 in the spectacular art deco ballroom at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in the centre of London. This adrenalin pumping event saw an incredible £410,000 raised for Future Dreams via ticket sales and both a live and silent auction on the night with prizes ranging from a private dinner cooked by the head chef of Zuma, to a three day/two night stay on a luxury yacht to an incredible David Yarrow Lion “Gold” print, which alone raised £35,000 on the night. Future Dreams were once again extremely lucky to have the support of both Alice Beaumont, the finest event planner turned entrepreneur, and Bear Maclean, founder of the fitness company Power of Boxing, who were both committed and unwavering in lending their help and support prior to the event and on the night. Their expertise from hosting the previous Boodles Fight Nights ensured the event was true to form and a huge success. The glamorous and prestigious night attracted a host of celebrities and guests who were all treated to a champagne reception followed by a succulent three course meal. The 400 plus guests were hosted by Sky News Sports Presenter and Future Dreams Ambassador Jacquie Beltrao who has herself been through breast cancer. Adam Smith, head of Sky Sports Boxing and Spencer Oliver. a Sky Sports boxing pundit and former professional boxer compared the evening with live commentarys on all fights. The live auction saw a host of celebrities and guests fighting over some amazing prizes with the legendary auctioneer Jonny Gould ensuring the room was in fits of laughter. Future Dreams Trustee Spencer Leslie then delivered an emotional pledge speech before the main event kicked off. With the build up finally over, it was time to take to the ring. The boxing began with five white collar bouts of evenly matched men all stepping into the ring to make a difference to people’s lives touched by breast cancer. All ten boxers endured the challenge of three two-minute rounds and were trained at the renowned Fitzroy Boxing Lodge for six months prior to the event by head trainer Mark Reigate. The atmosphere was thrilling and you could feel the adrenalin pumping through the ballroom.

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STEVE MATTEY Despite my back, wrist, calf, constant physio and training regime, I am determined to get in the ring to fight. Danielle and Sylvie didn’t stop their fight and nor do other sufferers. It is time for me to do the best I can for a special cause. REMI DIGBY I guess the reason I am stepping in the ring for Future Dreams is twofold. Firstly, my Nan was diagnosed and cleared of cancer. So to help in any shape or form towards a charity such as Future Dreams makes me feel that one extra life could be saved. Secondly, as a keen ex-sportsman it is really great to appreciate how much hard work boxers put in - both mental and physically - to step into the ring.

MEET OUR BOXERS WILLIAM RENWICK There are very few people these days who haven’t been affected by cancer in some way or other, either themselves or those dear to them. For me it is one short fight; hopefully, in a small way, my fight can help those who face a longer, tougher fight.

JONNY CREAGH COEN Some of you I know have heard that I have decided to get into the ring for the first time. Mad as I maybe I am fighting in memory of my dear friend Bruce Bartell who sadly passed away on the 6th January 2017 from cancer. He was a true inspiration to me as an individual and the dignity that he showed throughout his fight through this horrific disease is a testament to him. I am also fighting on behalf of many

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friends, that have had to deal with the stress that cancer

Future Dreams is a special charity set up to fight this

has brought upon them and their families. I cannot think of

horrible disease in memory of two wonderful women

two more suitable charities to do this for, Future Dreams

and what better way to support them and everything

and AMMF! Lastly I am doing it for myself, it was time to

they stood for but by taking part in this great event. The

shed the pounds and get healthy again!!

training has been intense but I have loved every minute of it especially as I have never boxed before and can’t wait to step into the ring to see if it has all paid off.

CHRIS GOOD This year marks 25 years since Evelyn H. Lauder co-created the Pink Ribbon which sparked a global movement. This

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pioneering vision inspires me to get back in the ring again

I’ve never trained for a specific event before and to me

to continue to raise funds for a vital new centre. My

this was the ultimate challenge. It’s a pretty daunting task

family can’t believe I have taken on this challenge after just

but has been amazing fun and all for a fantastic cause in

relocating from London to New York, but I’ve found a great

Future Dreams.

new gym and the Silver Fox is ready for round two.

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JOIN US FOR ROUND 3! Fight Night 3 is set to take place on the 21st March 2019. Are you or anyone you know up for the challenge? We are welcoming Ten new white-collar boxers who will go face to face in the ring having trained for many months to prepare for this mental and physical battle. For further information, please contact joanne@futuredreams.org.uk

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TH E S EC RET I N G RED I ENT O F TH E

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LU N C H I S L OVE THE 2017 LADIES LUNCH RAISED A TASTY £200,000 One of the highlights of each year is our Future Dreams Ladies Lunch and 2017 held at the iconic Savoy was no exception. Thank you to everyone who came in person or in spirit - we hold each of you in our hearts. It was a wonderful event. To see the room full of friends and supporters, some who’ve have been with us on this Future Dreams journey from the start and others new to the fold, was a real privilege. It was very special to welcome William P. Lauder, whose mother Evelyn, co-created the breast cancer pink ribbon symbol 26 years ago, to the stage. He and fellow guest Elizabeth Hurley, the Global Ambassador of The Estée Lauder Companies’ breast cancer work, really brought home how far reaching this illness is and how powerful we are when we all work together. As well as a room packed with emotion there were lots of laughs too thanks to our ever-loyal host Gaby Roslin. Lunch was designed by our loyal Ambassador, cook and best-selling food writer, Melissa Hemsley. The afternoon was finished off by a rousing performance from the Dreamgirls leaving everyone with the feel-good factor. We can’t wait to see you on 14th October 2019 for our sixth Ladies Lunch. Find out more at futuredreams.org.uk/events

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“WHEN MY LATE FATHER WAS DYING OF CANCER, A SIMPLE THERMOS OF SOUP ALLOWED ME TO SHOW HIM THAT I LOVED HIM, GIVE HIM SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO AND LOOK AFTER HIM.”

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I N T ER N AT IO NA L

Women’s Day CELEBRATING EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN FROM THE PAST AT THE SAME TIME AS CAMPAIGNING FOR A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL OUR DAUGHTERS.

International Women’s Day has become an event of growing importance. It is the perfect balance celebrating extraordinary women from the past at the same time as campaigning for a better world for all our daughters. That connection is never lost on the Future Dreams community. The charity was founded by two amazing women, mother and daughter, Sylvie and Danielle. They did so not just to fund research to keep safe their much-loved daughter and granddaughter, but to improve life for all the women who are facing breast cancer. This year’s Future Dreams International Women’s Day event, which raised £20,000, was celebrated in the spectacular surroundings of London’s Dover Street Arts Club, kindly sponsored by our incredible supporters The Estée Lauder Companies, who have been campaigning for the breast cancer community ever since Evelyn Lauder co-created the international pink ribbon campaign 26 years ago. The room was packed with friends and family of our founders as well as celebrity supporters including wellness and nutrition expert Melissa Hemsley and luxury swimsuit designer Melissa Odabash. There were two special moments during the afternoon. The first was the singer Camilla Kerslake, watched by her mum Deborah, currently in remission from breast cancer, singing a spine tingling Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The second was Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, Justine Picardie with an inspiring and emotional tribute to her sister Ruth, who was diagnosed with the illness. Justine also spoke poignantly about how it feels to support a loved one and how breast cancer had touched her life.

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“WE ARE SO INCREDIBLY HONOURED TO HAVE SUPPORTED THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AFTERNOON TEA EARLIER THIS YEAR AND WE CONTINUE TO REITERATE THE STRONG AND SUPPORTIVE MESSAGE THAT WE, AS WOMEN, ARE STRONGER TOGETHER IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER. OUR COMMITMENT IS AS GREAT AS IT EVER HAS BEEN AS WE CONTINUE TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR BREAST CANCER, AND SUPPORT THE WORK FUTURE DREAMS DOES IN AID OF THIS”. - ANNA BARTLE, VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS. THE ESTÉE LAUDER COMPANIES UK AND IRELAND Autumn/Winter 2018 | FD MAGAZINE | 101


PLAY IN Pink FUTURE DREAMS TURNED THE COURSE PINK THIS YEAR TO CELEBRATE OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY THANKS TO TED BAKER

This year Future Dreams encouraged all their

golfers at the halfway house, refreshments

loyal golfers to play in pink! Luxury fashion

were welcomed and all the teams we in great

brand Ted Baker sponsored our annual golf

spirit, all looking smart in pink.

event and added style to all our golfers’ swing by donating pink golf shirts from their Spring Summer golf collection - everyone looked on-par on and off the course! To celebrate our tenth anniversary, our

All the teams feasted on a delicious buffet lunch after their games and sat back to listen to a compelling interview by Sky Sports presenter and Future Dreams Ambassador, Jacquie Beltrao. Sam shared with Jacquie and

special guest on the day was golfing legend

our golfers great stories about his wonderful

and Ryder cup winner Sam Torrance OBE. On

and successful career in this great sport

arrival, Sam mingled and had breakfast with the

and how he navigated himself out of tricky

golfers then jumped onto a golf buggy cruising

moments in the bunkers. Sam went on to

down the fairway to play shots for the golfers

present cups and prizes to the winning teams

(for a small fee to go straight to our cause) and

and everyone celebrated Future Dreams Tenth

he succeeded in putting several teams ahead

Anniversary and collectively raised ÂŁ10,000 for

of their game! As the sun shone down on our

breast cancer support.

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On Tuesday 24th April, Future Dreams held its first ever high-profile speed mentoring event at the exclusive health, wellbeing and lifestyle members’ club Grace Belgravia in

WOMEN-TO-WOMEN

Knightsbridge. Twelve pioneering businesswomen at the very top of their games from industries including law, journalism, fashion, banking and communications gave

‘It was a great pleasure to meet

up their time (and voice after talking non-stop for three

Jacqueline Gold at the Future

hours!) to help Future Dreams and its cause.

Dreams Speed Mentoring Event.

The early morning began with a welcome speech from entrepreneur and founder of Grace Belgravia, Kate Percival. A tasty and nutritious breakfast was served in the beautiful and elegant atrium where mentees mixed with the successful and influential group of high powered female mentors. Following the breakfast, the 36 mentees were split

Jacqueline was very inspiring and informative, really engaged with my particular concern. Most importantly though, she was warm and extremely easy to talk to.’ – Carolyn Soning (mentee)

into groups and had four individual one-to-one ten-minute sessions with their mentors. Mentees shared their thoughts, challenges, ideas and questions with mentors including Lorraine Candy, Kelly Hoppen mbe, Ruth Chapman, Jacqueline Gold cbe and Future Dreams Ambassadors Melissa Hemsley and Louise Court, to name a few. They sat across from their mentor in a relaxed environment and were welcomed and encouraged to fire questions left, right and centre! When not sat with a mentor, groups relaxed in the

‘Not only did I love meeting my straight talking, honest and nurturing mentors, I loved the chance to network and meet such a diverse and interesting group of mentees. I have come away so uplifted, challenged and excited about where to take my own personal business, so thank you so much.’ – Danielle McKenna (mentee)

stunning surroundings of Grace Belgravia preparing for their next exciting session. The morning was complete following a raffle draw with prizes including signed books from bestselling authors Kelly Hoppen mbe and Melissa Hemsley. The event was a huge success with both mentees and

‘It was an incredibly inspiring morning with the Future Dreams charity, helping to mentor many extraordinary women. I really

mentors finding it extremely empowering, insightful and

enjoyed it and I’m just hoping that

valuable.

all the advice that I and all the other

This unique event raised awareness for the charity and strengthened relationships with influential businesswomen who are now invested in helping to champion the Future Dreams cause. For further information on the next speed mentoring in 2019, please visit www.futuredreams.org.uk/events

people that were there will help people. It’s great to be in a room with many inspiring women. Thank you Future Dreams for allowing me to be a mentor at your special and memorable event.’ - Kelly Hoppen MBE (mentor)

‘I was so inspired at the Future Dreams speed mentoring event! I felt honoured to be asked to mentor and have learned so much myself from the incredible women I met.’ - Melissa Hemsley (mentor)

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FD TEN AMBASSADOR ANTHONY VAN LAAST TALKS ABOUT WHY HE HAD TO INVOLVED WITH THE TEN YEAR SHOW How did you first hear about the charity and what made you decide to support it as you must have so many requests from so many charities? I was introduced to Future Dreams by Sam Landsberg, a family friend and Stuart Sweeting a work colleague. They told me all about the charity, how it began and what it had achieved. I was inspired by their passion for Future Dreams and offered my help in any way I could. Tell us about the work you are doing to support it. I am now acting as a show ambassador for TEN A Decade of Dreams at The Palladium where a section of Mamma Mia! (which I originally choreographed) will be in the show. Mamma Mia! the show has always been a big supporter of breast cancer charities. Have you or any of your loved ones had any experiences connected with breast cancer? Sadly breast cancer seems to be so much more prevalent now than ever. I have lost friends to breast cancer, particularly a beautiful dancer with whom I performed. I also have other friends who have had this indiscriminate disease or who are dealing with it. I have seen the devastation, sadness and pain this illness can cause so any help or support is unbelievably valuable. What can anyone reading this do to make a difference in the battle against breast cancer? Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie had a dream to raise funds for those who needed complimentary support through their diagnosis and beyond. The Future Dreams House will be a safe haven to provide crucial support to women affected by breast cancer and their families. This sanctuary is one of the projects created and funded by Future Dreams, Sylvie and Danielle’s dream. We should help their dream and give whatever we can.

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BEAUTIFUL

Support

SOMETIMES A LITTLE BLUSH OR A GREAT BROW PENCIL C AN MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE TO A WOMAN WHO JUST WANTS TO FEEL NORMAL AGAIN words LOUSIE COURT

In life everybody needs friends, cheerleaders and practical

“No matter how strong you are if you look in the

supporters. When it comes to running a charity it is no

mirror and don’t recognise yourself due to the treatment

different. You need people around you to give you hope,

you have been having it is very hard. It is the thing that

to help when times are tough and celebrate with you

touched me most when I heard a woman say when she

when you triumph.

looked in the mirror and she didn’t see herself, she saw the

Future Dreams is lucky to have a number of truly loyal and uplifting champions who have helped us achieve so

cancer. “We train the makeup experts on our counters about

much since we started ten years ago. One of those special

eyes, eyelashes, eyebrows and skin tone changes for

supporters is the luxury beauty company Lancôme.

women who are having treatment for breast cancer. We

As Brand Business Director Marina Torres explains: “Lancôme is very much a brand that celebrates women and

teach them how they can fill in their eyebrows or what kind of blusher can work on skin that has changed colour due to chemotherapy. “We speak from the heart as we have had people

their happiness. Our aim is give

from our Lancôme working community who have

women happy moments and

gone through this recently. It is always a shock but it is

confidence within their own

important to focus on happy stories. Cancer is no longer

frameworks so it was such an

a death sentence.”

honour when Future Dreams asked us if would like to support them. It fits with everything we want to do.

Like many people Marina has had her own brushes with the illness. “My father had lung cancer and went into

“Not everyone’s life is a bed of roses and while

remission for a number of years. My mother also had a

makeup, obviously, cannot cure many of life’s problems,

scary experience when she found a lump. Thankfully it

trying to make people feel confident is something we can

was benign. I also have a close friend who was diagnosed

do.

with breast cancer at just 26. It was a very big shock and

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she has frozen her eggs as a precaution. “It has changed my perception on life. You can’t see

James Rickards,

someone go through that without taking on a different

General Manager at

dimension as to how you live. It makes you think. Your health

Lancôme said:

must come first before everything else. “

“The Future Dreams

Lancôme has featured breast cancer survivors in their marketing material, and Marina thinks it is really important as it makes people feel normal. Putting on makeup can help many patients feel like they are getting back to their real selves before they became ill. “When you meet people who have been through it

show is always an incredible event. So many emotions. But the most important feeling comes from the knowledge that everyone there wants to help and support these brave woman who have been touched

some want to talk about it and others don’t,” she says. “For

by breast cancer, and to work towards the

others they just want half an hour of not being treated like a

opening of the new Future Dreams House.

cancer patient.”

I will be so very happy when the Future

Last year Lancôme supported the Future Dreams

Dreams House is open. Everyone who works

talent-packed Gala at London’s Roundhouse which raised

for Lancôme has come to understand, at least

£625,000. This year they are helping make possible our star-

a little bit, how important this house will be

studded ‘TEN - A decade of dreams’ show at the London

and how it will become a haven for those

Palladium on September 30.

women who have been diagnosed with, or are

“We are supporting the show because we want it to be a

undergoing treatment for their cancer.”

time when people can enjoy themselves and to have a good time,” says Marina. “That is simple but it is so important.”

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Neshamot

FUTURE DREAMS BALLET GIFTED CHOREOGRAPHER RUTH BRILL CREATES A BEAUTIFUL BALLET FOR FUTURE DREAMS WITH THE UPLIFTING MESSAGE OF HOW WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER words ROZ LAWS

Ruth Brill’s first foray into the world of dance was dressing up as Sporty Spice and heading to her local leisure centre. As a huge Spice Girls fan, nine-year-old Ruth was thrilled to join other children in learning dance steps to the group’s pop videos. Little did she know that she would go on to become an acclaimed ballerina and choreographer – and that her work would be sharing the same stage as Sporty Spice. Melanie C is one of the performers at Future Dreams’ star-studded show at the London Palladium, Ten - A decade of dreams. Also on stage, alongside the likes of Paloma Faith, Alexandra Burke and All Saints, will be another embodiment of Girl Power in a specially-commissioned ballet created by Ruth, entitled Neshamot (Hebrew for ‘souls’ or ‘soulmates’). The costumes for Neshamot will be designed by internationally celebrated fashion designer Osman Yousefzada. Ruth wants her ten minutes to be “a moment of quiet reflection amid the razzle dazzle”, a beautiful work with the uplifting message of how we are stronger together. Dance is an important part of Future Dreams, since the charity’s founders Sylvie Henry and Danielle Leslie were both dance teachers. The show will also include the balcony pas de deux from Romeo and Juliet, performed by The Royal Ballet’s Yasmine Naghdi and Matthew Ball. Ruth, a first artist and choreographer with Birmingham Royal Ballet, turns 30 the week before the gala on September 30. She says: “I met the show’s producers and they told me all about Future Dreams and its vision. I learned that Sylvie and Danielle were so passionate about the arts and particularly ballet. It’s really exciting to be involved in the first commissioned dance work for the charity. It feels very special. “The line-up for the gala is amazing. I was a real Spice Girls fan when I was at primary school and remember jumping around the local leisure centre, learning the moves to their videos. I was always Sporty Spice because I could do the high kicks. To now be sharing the London Palladium stage with her is an honour and a privilege!” The show line-up includes singers, comedians and the casts of West End musicals, but Ruth hopes that Neshamot will still stand out. “It’s great to have a ballet element in there, that it’s as accessible as the other acts and can stand up in a commercial performance,” she says. “It will have an important role to play in the evening. It will be a quiet moment amid all of the razzle dazzle in the rest of the programme, allowing the audience to reflect back to the charity’s roots and its founders.”

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Jim Fletcher and Ruth Brill during rehearsals for Neshamot Photo by Tyrone Singleton

“I hope it will have its own life beyond the gala and be performed again for the charity.” The piece will be performed at the Palladium by seven Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers: Samara Downs, Yvette Knight, Delia Mathews, Yaoqian Shang, Alys Shee, Daria Stanciulescu and Yijing Zhang. The seven women will dance to Kol Nidrei by Max Bruch, a piece for the cello which takes its name from the Jewish prayer recited on Yom Kippur. Ruth says: “The music is perfect because there are moments of struggle but we can hear this hope throughout. It builds beautifully and the cello is such an expressive instrument. The ballet is about spirit, hope, strength and unity, about a group of people overcoming challenges by uniting and becoming stronger together. I want to create a lyrical work of beauty, with an ethereal element – that special something in the air. Something which will pull the audience in and then carry on beyond the evening. “Because Future Dreams is a breast cancer charity, I thought it important to have a female cast. I like to create strong female roles, as many of the ones in traditional ballets are just beautiful, waif-like muses with no backbone. When I approached my BRB friends to take part, they all immediately said yes. So many people have been touched by breast cancer, whether it’s their mum, auntie, sister or friend. I certainly have. I’ve had close family members affected by cancer and I had a breast cancer scare myself a few years ago. I found a lump just before Christmas and had to wait days to get it checked out by a doctor. Those days were terrifying, before I was told it was fine. “It puts everything in perspective. I was just starting my ballet training and I couldn’t help thinking ‘What if?’. I was imagining how much my life would change if it hadn’t been that result and wondering whether it would have stopped me pursuing my dream. It’s really scary. “It’s important to raise awareness of breast cancer so it becomes part of everyday conversation. No-one should suffer on their own, together we can fight this horrible disease which takes people away.” Ruth has always been interested in choreography and partly chose to dance with BRB because of their choreography workshops. Ruth has created three works for the company, with another one on its way. Her first main stage piece, Arcadia, premièred last year. In recent years, the lack of women making ballets has been the subject of debate in the dance world. But thanks to women like Ruth, the balance is slowly shifting. She says: “It’s an exciting time. Women generally are feeling empowered and it’s also happening in the ballet world. I have never felt discriminated against but if I can inspire other women, then that’s great.”

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So how do you start to choreograph a piece? The music is the vital building block for Ruth. “That’s my first inspiration,” she says. “As I listen, I can visualise people on the stage. When I find the right piece of music, you really know and it all comes together. Even on the first listen of Kol Nidrei, I could imagine the stage and how many people were dancing. I could see the final image of people united and walking together towards the back of the stage, beyond the performance.” An important aspect of the work is to talk to the rest of the creative team involved in the piece. “One of the things I love about choreography, and which inspires me, is that it’s a collaborative process,” says Ruth. “Me in a room creating steps is about two per cent of the process. It’s important that the charity, the creative team and the dancers all have an input. The dancers for my gala piece are already connected to the Future Dreams cause and what we are trying to do, which is a nice place to start. It’s really important that it’s an enjoyable experience as that comes across on stage. You get the best out of your team when you’re all on the same page.” Ruth has a busy schedule at the moment, combining her dancing with BRB with her burgeoning choreography career. She admits: “I’m very lucky to still be a full-time dancer with BRB and for them to be fully supportive of my choreography. You can’t prove yourself unless you are given the opportunity and to take a risk on someone is becoming increasingly difficult, so I can only thank artistic director David Bintley. “Choreography fires me up as much as dancing, and in a way more so. It’s a different kind of creativity. As a dancer, you have to be very good at being told what to do and be a bit of a perfectionist. You have to work as a team. “You can be creative as a dancer but there are limitations. At the end of the day, your leg has to be placed there on the count of eight and you have to be looking the same way as everyone else. As a choreographer, the joy is making something out of absolutely nothing. It’s amazing to pull everything together until you end up with something that takes on a life of its own. It’s really exciting.” As a rule, Ruth prefers to keep the two disciplines of performing and choreography separate. “I don’t tend to dance in my own work,” she explains. “Future Dreams did ask me if I wanted to be in it, and from a selfish point of view I would love to be. But it’s really difficult to do both. “You have a different eye as a choreographer, you have to step away and look at the whole thing. You have to take yourself out of the mix, to make sure that certain moments happen and get those nuances that would be impossible to see if you are in it.”

The new ballet work was commissioned for Future Dreams by well-known dance administrator and producer Jim Fletcher. And he’s well aware how unusual and exciting the project is. “I don’t know how many other charities in the world can claim to have its own ballet!” Jim pointed out. Jim has been involved with Future Dreams since he arranged for a ballerina from the English National Ballet to perform Petipa’s Dying Swan at a fundraising lunch. Now he’s the creative producer of the show’s dance section. He explains: “My job is to provide top quality dance pieces. For the Ten show I was very keen that we had a bespoke ballet that talks about the charity. “I wanted the voices of the two founders of Future Dreams and their message of hope to be expressed in the gala as a serious work of dance art.

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“I commissioned Ruth Brill as she’s one of

“So we have both of our Royal ballet

our great young choreographers and a female

companies involved in the gala and you can’t

choreographer which is still, unfortunately, too

get any higher profile than that,” enthuses Jim.

rare. “I wanted to give her a platform and she rose to the challenge immediately. I watched her begin to put it together in our first conversations. It’s so exciting to be commissioning a brand new piece of work.” ‘Ten - A decade of dreams’ will also include

Jim first met Yasmine and Matthew through his post as development manager with The Royal Ballet School, where they trained. He says: “I wanted to have a piece of proper repertory ballet in the gala, and I wanted to give an opportunity to up-and-coming artists. I’ve been following Yasmine and Matthew’s

the balcony pas de deux from Romeo and

brilliant careers and they are both incredible

Juliet, performed by the Royal Ballet’s Yasmine

dancers. “I’m sure it will be a really stunning

Naghdi and Matthew Ball. They will be dancing

night.”

Kenneth MacMillan’s passionate choreography to Sergei Prokofiev’s score.

“CHOREOGRAPHY FIRES ME UP AS MUCH AS DANCING, AND IN A WAY MORE SO. IT’S A DIFFERENT KIND OF CREATIVITY”

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WE ALL LIVE SUCH HECTIC LIVES BUT MEMORIES ARE BUILT ON

time spent together. FASHION DESIGNER OSMAN YOUSEFZADA WHOSE STRONG STRUCTURAL DESIGNS HAVE BEEN WORN BY THE LIKES OF LADY GAGA, CELINE DION, EMMA WATSON AND ANNE HATHAWAY TO NAME A FEW DESIGNED THE COSTUMES FOR THE BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S PERFORMANCE AT THE FUTURE DREAMS GALA. HERE HE TELLS US WHAT INSPIRED HIM. words LOUISE COURT

for movement. At the ROH I learnt some of the tricks that would allow movement yet still allow some of the silhouettes to remain. Future Dreams is a family-based-charity - please tell us how important is family is to you? Family is very important to me. We are quite a close knit family, and along with the drama that some Asian families revel in, they are quite supportive. It is amazing that Future Dreams was set up by Sylvie and Danielle, and that they managed to raise such a vast amount for charity Why did you decide to get involved with the Future

during their lives. Now this lives on and is carried on by

Dreams show by designing the costumes for the

the rest of the family. I think it’s incredible that so much

Birmingham Royal Ballet?

support has come out of this for other women facing

I have friends and family who have had to battle cancer, so

breast cancer.

I really wanted to do something, which would incorporate my skills as a designer in this project. Ruth Chapman the co-founder of

How on earth did you manage to do this at the same time as preparing for Fashion Week? Lots of long nights and days. a little sleep, the occasional

MATCHESFASHION.com suggested I get involved. I

massage and a great team around me, helped me get

already knew about the charity’s work but the deadline

through.

was super intense as it coincided with my London Fashion Week shows. I really wanted to be involved. I met Ruth Brill the choreographer from Birmingham Royal Ballet and we got on straight-away and had a similar vision for the piece.

Do you have any advice for families and friends trying to cope when loved ones are diagnosed with cancer? Is there anything you have learnt? I think you need to spend as much quality time together as you can. We all live hectic lives, but memories are

Was it different designing for a ballet compared to

built on time together. I think it’s a very scary time for

the catwalk?

your loved one who is diagnosed. Family members react

I visited the Royal Opera House costume department

differently in such situations and I think this is a time

in London. I knew that my designs needed to allow

where we need to be as understanding as possible.

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One Voice

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PRESENTING THE FUTURE DREAMS CHOIR

AMANDA HANISON, ANDREA PELLEGRINI, ANNE STAGG, CLAIRE MCCORMACK, DEBORAH KERSLAKE, ELIA PACILIO, ERIC A MARTIN, JOANNA LEVITON, JULIA BARNICKLE, KIMBERLEY DIGHT, MAURA HAUGHEY, MERLINE SMALL, MICHELLE HATHER, NIKKI TAPPER, PAULINE PURDUE, SANDRA CHAPMAN, SASKIA LICHTENSTERN, NICKY WELLER, SUSAN WOOD

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“The original Sing to Beat Breast Cancer Choir came about because during my treatment I couldn’t move very much or do very much at all, but my daughter Camilla and I could still sing together, which is what we’ve always done since she was tiny. Camilla took herself out of her professional life - which was going very well - to look after me. Obviously, I said she shouldn’t and I was worried it would affect her career, but she was insistent that this was more important. She took me to every hospital appointment and kept me company during the day when she could and of course she would make me smile with our little songs. When I was recovering she wanted to give something back to the people who had helped me, so together we formed the choir alongside Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Haven and other breast cancer charities. We gathered a wonderful group of women who had been affected by breast cancer and recorded ‘You Raise Me Up’ by Brendan Graham - who gave Camilla the rights to sell the song. We did several high-profile concerts culminating in the Breast Cancer Care gala ball at the Dorchester - it was fabulous and we all had an amazing time and of course raised as much money as we could for breast cancer research. Then after a year and a half things just settled down and we all got on with our lives.

Camilla Kerslake, leading the chior

“The rehearsal on Sunday was an amazing experience and I’m feeling so excited moving

So it was a real delight when Camilla spoke to the

forward. I came on my own, I did not know

team at Future Dreams and someone suggested we get

anyone, but once I arrived I felt so much at

back together for another performance under the Future

ease as everyone was so welcoming.

Dreams banner, adding some other wonderful women who have been affected by breast cancer to the number. There are ten women from our choir in the new choir, and we are all delighted to be there, offering what we can and gaining support and enjoyment along the way. There are many studies that show how good music is

‘Cancer gave me my soul purpose. Going through breast cancer allowed me to spiritually find my way out to a better life. Not a better life, the best life! And I want to give the gift of everything I learnt to every other cancer survivor out there, so they too can be as happy as I am. I joined the choir to spread the love, to inspire

for your health and singing in particular as it adds a whole

other survivors, and to instil a hope and faith in those still

host of other benefits, such as breathing correctly, feeling

struggling with the disease.

part of a team, joining in something to make a difference, having fun with like-minded people - all subtle but powerful tools in health and wellness. So I’m delighted to be here, delighted to be a part of

I struggle to find words to describe the power of being in a room with so many other women that have walked the same treacherous path, battled the same demons, and also made it to the other side. That kind of connection goes

something that could make a difference to other survivors

beyond words. I had never met these women before, and

and grateful to the wonderful team at Future Dreams for

yet our hearts felt like very old friends. Thank you Future

making this a reality”.

Dreams for making that possible”.

Deborah Kerslake

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“My story is based upon having cancer four times. My most recent re-occurrence was in January of this year. In March 2018 I had a double mastectomy and re-construction surgery using my stomach. My original cancer was Hodgkin’s disease which I had when I was 30, my son had been born and my mum was dying of cancer. Not my best year apart from my son’s birth!! It is believed that the radiotherapy, which was intense at that time, has caused the three breast cancers. However, because of the frequency of my cancers I have had genetic counselling and am facing the agonising decision as to whether I should have the blood test for genetic disposition. This has major implications for my daughter and son and has been one of the hardest things to decide upon. Five years ago when undergoing treatment for my third cancer I was contacted through The Breast Cancer Haven charity with an offer to raise money through singing with others. The aim was to make a single to raise awareness and money for breast cancer. For me it was a lighthouse in the dark of everything that was happening to me medically and emotionally. As women we all bonded and shared our stories but there was a focus on survival and resilience which really shone through that time even when sadly we lost one of our members Laura who had fought so hard to live. I will be singing for her and her family on the 30th September at the London Palladium. I believe cancer treatment has come so far since I was 30 and had my first. I am currently in recovery and describe myself as being the luckiest/unluckiest person in this world after four times of these cancers. It is time to review my life and take better care of myself but it is also time to be able to give back to others and raise awareness that people do need to know it can affect all of us including men!! Nobody is immune no matter what age, class, race or faith. We need to also communicate there is life after cancer for people afraid to come forward for treatment. I am a psychotherapist and one thing I have learned through my experience is that if you have got a true and deep communication with another human being then you have it all! That is why I will be singing loud and proud on 30th because in that moment we will be united in something that truly matters to everyone in that room, LIFE AND LOVE! Thank you to everyone who is making this possible.” Lesley Finney

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“After being diagnosed and having to take so much in, I felt that I wasn’t coping very well. I talked to my breast care nurse who put me in touch with groups who offer support/complimentary therapies and counselling to help you cope with the aggressive treatments that we have to go through. I want to involve myself in the Future Dreams Choir, share awareness and raise as much money as possible to help others who are/have been affected by breast cancer and to continue the amazing support that is offered by these amazing professionals to help live life as full as it can be. Without the help of fundraising from Future dreams this will not always be possible”. Pauline Perdue

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IN ALL T HI N GS WE SIT DOWN WITH RICHARD GOLD, CO-FOUNDER OF SKINNYDIP, OFFICIAL MERCHANDISER OF TEN - A DEC ADE OF DREAMS Why have you become involved in Future Dreams?

You went to the one of the original Future Dreams shows.

Being very close friends with the Leslie family, we were delighted

How did that come about?

to align ourselves with such a fantastic charity that does so much

We were invited by the Leslie family and we had the most

good to those that need support.

amazing evening watching incredible performers surrounded

As young men, why do you think it is important to support a charity that predominantly looks after women?

by family and friends. We came away feeling inspired by Future Dreams with a view of supporting the charity in the future.

We treat Skinnydip as if she was a person and if she was real,

What is your stand-out memory of the show?

we look at the various causes and charities she would support.

Listening to Sylvie and Danielle tell their story and being in

Skinnydip focuses on young females between the age of 18-25

awe of their courage and bravery in the face of such difficult

and so without doubt Future Dreams is something she would

circumstances.

hold close to her heart and want to provide support towards. From a personal perspective, we want to try and raise money and awareness for an incredible cause is something that is really fulfilling for us. Tell us about your company? Skinnydip was founded in 2011 with an idea of creating a fun and female empowering fashion brand. We’ve had to overcome numerous challenges starting a business so young and without the support of our families would never have got it off the ground but are fortunate to see it grow over the last few years. Today we’re proud to offer a range of accessories across tech, bags, sunglasses, jewellery, beauty and now clothing in our 18 Skinnydip stores, Topshop concessions, and on our website www.skinnydiplondon.com

What is your stand out memory of Sylvie and Danielle. Their passion to start something whilst dealing with such personal adversity, that continues to live on and help so many women in need of support. It’s an everlasting legacy that we are proud to be a part of. Future Dreams is a charity run mainly by family and friends of Sylvie and Danielle. You work with your brother and best friend. Tell us the good and bad bits of working so closely with people you know so well and care about? Working as brothers and friends comes with its challenges, but overall our partnership works really well. Often we will disagree but because there are three of us, we will always reach a unanimous decision. We have endless amounts of laughter and enjoyment at work together which is really unique and helps to build a strong partnership between us.

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Dedicated to two inspirational and courageous women. Your legacy lives on as we continue to help those touched by breast cancer. We hope you are proud of everything we have achieved in your memory. A huge congratulations to the incredible Future Dreams team. Dale, Carrie, Dillon & Sienna xxxÂ

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Daryl & Michelle Foster are delighted to support Future Dreams. We wish them all the best on their 10th Anniversary and for a bright future.


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Tish Leibovitch wish Future Dreams continued success


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FUTURE DREAMS We here at LiFE are aware of how many of our staff, past and present, have been affected by the cruel disease that Future Dreams is helping to battle, and our entire team will know someone, directly or indirectly, who has been affected. As it is such a wide-spread illness I felt that sponsoring an amazing charity like Future Dreams, who work so hard to make coping with breast cancer easier, was something we felt compelled to do. “Sponsoring Future Dreams and other charities shows our staff that their efforts in helping to generate income can result in helping others, whilst it also gives back to them.” The workday of 8 hours is just a third of the entire day, which means that every staff member is spending 16 hours of the day doing other things. We know for sure that so much goes on in their lives away from the office, and illness is bound to be impacting some of them or their family in some way, just as strongly as work does. Being compassionate and helping financially in some way, such as donating to charities on their behalf, is a small token of shared awareness that LiFE isn’t smooth for all of us. We are hopeful that our support for Future Dreams can make a positive difference to those affected in helping them move forward.

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Nyman Libson Paul

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Entertainment and Media Accountants Nyman Libson Paul Chartered accountants

We’re proud to support Future Dreams and congratulate them on their 10 year anniversary

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C NGRATULATIONS to Future Dreams on your 10-year anniversary. Here’s to the next 10 years from all at JCDecaux!

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CONGRATULATE ON AN AMAZING

10 YEARS

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Philip Ross Solicitors. Delivering expertise across the board. Philip Ross offers a wide range of legal services both in business and personal matters – notably property, litigation, employment, insolvency and property litigation. To find out more, contact us on +44 (0)20 7636 6969 Andrew Fishman and Partners wish this event every success.

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Purple Surgical are proud supporters of Future Dreams

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is delighted to support

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The Debra Reiss Foundation is proud to support Future Dreams 10th Anniversary ‘A Decade of Dreams’ and wishes them ongoing success for many decades to come.

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PERSONLISED AND TRUSTED EVENT MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR PRIVATE CLIENTS, CORPORATES AND CHARITIES.

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PERSONALISED, PROFESSIONAL, TRUSTED AND CREATIVE EVENT MANAGEMENT SERVICE

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London’s foremost Concierge & Lifestyle service supports Future Dreams. Wishing this great charity a successful year ahead.

Obtain the unobtainable For our members we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - supporting their lifestyle needs. Our team of Concierge & Lifestyle Managers are on hand to access tickets for sold out shows, arrange luxury travel and organise the most demanding events. We deliver bespoke concierge solutions for prestigious estates, luxury residential developments, office buildings, companies and high net worth individuals. Privée is part of the Office Concierge Group, one of London’s leading reception management companies.

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TUXLUX ARE VERY PROUD TO SUPPORT FUTURE DREAMS ON THEIR 10TH ANNIVERSARY

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PROUD TO BE ASSOCIATED WITH AND SUPPORT THE WONDERFUL WORK DONE BY EVERYONE AT FUTURE DREAMS.

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The Rom Family wish Future Dreams every success with this event and are proud supporters of this worthwhile charity

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WE SUPPORT THE INCREDIBLE WORK AND WISH FUTURE DREAMS EVERY SUCCESS FOR THE FUTURE

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We are proud to support the great work of Future Dreams

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ALYSSIA FOSTER SUPPORTS THE WONDERFUL WORK OF FUTURE DREAMS AND WISHES THEM EVERY SUCCESS FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS PERSONALISED NUTRITION AND FITNESS PLANS BASED ON YOUR DNA…STOP THE GUESSING WORK ALYSSIAFOSTER@HOTMAIL.COM @ALYSSIASFITNESS

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Alain & Chrissie Felder wish this event all the success it deserves

JAMES ANDREW INTERNATIONAL

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IS VERY PROUD TO SUPPOR T THIS WOR THY CAUSE THE POINT, NORTH WHARF ROAD, PADDINGTON, LONDON W2

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Acquisition of a new European headquarters on behalf of Addison Lee.

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Brecher are proud to support Future Dreams Brecher LLP, 4th Floor, 64 North Row, London W1K 7DA

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We congratulate Future Dreams on reaching its 10 year anniversary and wish this event every success

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Galliard are delighted to support

Ten - a Decade of Dreams and wish Future Dreams every success

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Powell Systems wish Future Dreams all the best on their 10th Anniversary and thank their staff, supporters and volunteers for all the hard work they do and the money they raise for this great charity. We would also like to say a massive thank you to the performers and crew for donating their time for ‘FD TEN - A decade of dreams’.

Powell Systems services and maintains BEMS & lighting systems across the UK. We work with companies making sure their buildings and work spaces are a great working environment and function in the most economical way, helping the environment and keeping their costs low. For great ideas and quotations on how to improve the environment for your staff, which can be funded through energy savings and life cycle costs, please contact us on 01689 879 000 or email admin@powell-systems.co.uk - www.powell-systems.co.uk

Preston Bennett is proud to support the important work of Future Dreams. Preston Bennett 37/41 Church Road, Stanmore, HA7 4AA 020 3754 7344 | www.prestonbennett.co.uk Supporting good causes.

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WISHING FUTURE DREAMS EVERY SUCCESS

Sir Michael Bear together with Lady Barbara support the amazing work of Future Dreams and wish every success with tonight’s show

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PROUD TO SUPPORT FUTURE DREAMS AT THE DECADE OF DREAMS SHOW Keltbray Group is a UK leading specialist business, which offers engineering, construction, demolition, decommissioning, remediation, environmental services, reinforced concrete frame solutions nationwide and rail & infrastructure including power distribution and transmission. The company is a key player in developing and maintaining Britain’s built environment and operates in highly regulated environments; making sites ready for new infrastructure and developments. With the goal of being best in class, customers trust in Keltbray to deliver projects safely, on time and budget, and with care for the environment and our communities.

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Mark Gershinson and the Minton Group of Companies are proud to support Future Dreams and its fantastic work

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BREAST C ANCER C ARE ARE THE ONLY UK WIDE CHARITY PROVIDING C ARE, INFORMATION AND SUPPORT TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY BREAST C ANCER. WHATEVER YOUR CONCERNS, THEY ARE ONLY AT THE END OF A PHONE LINE.

Future Dreams has pledged its support to Breast Cancer Care by funding the print of a dedicated Secondary Breast Cancer Resource Pack. Their donation is helping to ensure that people living with secondary breast cancer over the next two years receive only accurate and reliable information, supporting them in dealing with the day-to-day impact of their secondary diagnosis and treatment. Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, said, “Future Dreams has been promoting the support and information services provided by Breast Cancer Care for two years now and it’s great to see a partnership between the charities at this special moment of ten years’ celebrations.”

ACCESS TO INFORMATION IS VITAL FOR EVERYONE There are an estimated 36,000 people in the UK living with secondary breast cancer (also referred to as metastatic, advanced or Stage 4), where breast cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body. It can’t be cured but it can be treated, sometimes for a number of years. A secondary breast cancer diagnosis can bring a huge amount of uncertainty about the future, and specialist support charity Breast Cancer Care knows far too many people are not getting the care and support they need to live well with the disease for as long as possible. So with generous support from Future Dreams the charity’s ‘Secondary Breast Cancer Information Pack’, created with healthcare professionals and people with secondary breast cancer, provides information on everything from treatment options and managing side effects, to useful organisations and support networks.

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Here, Kate, Rebecca and Jo share what the updated

diagnosis. For example,

pack means for people like them:

the treatment I was

THE MORE INFORMATION, THE MORE CONTROL Kate Henwood, 49 from West Sussex, was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the same time as her primary diagnosis in February 2015, just three years after her husband, Bruce, died of oesophageal cancer: “Though being given an incurable secondary breast

Anyone looking for support and information

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can order or download Breast

ago and in two months’ time

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are going to be very different. How on earth

information pack’ at breastcancercare.org.uk or call

are you meant to understand the on unless you have a good

I had a sense of ‘been there, done that’ after going through

reference point?

it is to have information about absolutely everything – particularly treatment choices. “Having secondary breast cancer means you’re constantly juggling different treatment options and you have to weigh up how side effects from certain drugs could impact your quality of life as well as your future. Knowing as much as possible allowed me to have more control.

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cancer diagnosis straight away completely blind-sided me, it with my husband very recently. I already knew how vital

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“That’s why Breast Cancer Care’s Resource Pack is such a vital tool. I know it has succinct, reliable information on whatever cancer has thrown at me, categorised into an easy to use A-Z. I know it will signpost me to excellent support services, and I know it’s there to help me plan ahead. The landscape of my life has changed and Breast Cancer Care is there to help me adapt.”

“Also, having information on hand 24 hours a day is key. It’s hard to take everything in during hospital appointments,

IT HELPS ME LIVE EVERY DAY

and some information doesn’t become relevant until later.

WITH THIS DISEASE

For example, I’d forgotten chemotherapy would turn

Jo Myatt, 42 years old from Chorley,

my nails black and make them fall off. It was incredibly

was diagnosed with secondary breast

traumatic, much worse than losing my hair, as it was such a shock.

cancer in August 2016: “I was totally devastated when ten years after having

“So Breast Cancer Care’s new information pack, which

primary breast cancer, I was told the cancer was back and

helps inform you about treatment and provides easily

had spread to my bones and liver. I still don’t have the words

accessible support whenever it’s needed, is incredibly

to describe the sheer terror and panic I felt as my family and

valuable to people like me.”

I tried to absorb the shocking diagnosis. “There was a real lack of information about why this

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had happened, how cancer spreads and how it would affect

AROUND EVERYTHING?

me and the future I thought I had. I was desperate for

Rebecca Willcox, 37 from London, was

information and didn’t know where to find it.

diagnosed with secondary breast cancer earlier this year, just five months after finishing treatment for primary breast cancer: “In August 2016 I had no knowledge about breast cancer or the drugs used to treat it and only a cursory understanding of ‘metastatic’. Fast-forward 20 months, and I have incurable secondary breast cancer, as well as a medical understanding that might give a nurse a run for their money. “At the start everything felt overwhelming, as there’s a lot more to take on board with a secondary cancer

Without a specialist nurse and despite researching widely, it wasn’t until I spoke to Breast Cancer Care and started going to their ‘Living with’ meetings with women who’d also been diagnosed that I was given the resource pack. “For me, it’s an invaluable secondary breast cancer resource. I worry about symptoms, drugs and side effects and the pack provides me with contact numbers for support and information about what to expect, what’s normal, and when to ask for further support. Living with secondary breast cancer every day I rely on up-to-date information and it’s so vital every person has access to this support.”

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THE POWER IS IN

Your Hands COPPAFEEL! WAS SET UP WITH THE VISION TO LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE ALL BREAST C ANCERS ARE DIAGNOSED AT THE EARLIEST STAGE POSSIBLE

OUR MESSAGE There isn’t a strict method to check your boobs. However, we have some handy pointers to help! The most important thing is to get to know what is normal for you, as every pair of boobs is different and ultimately nobody knows your body better than you do. We recommend checking once a month, in the shower, when you are getting dressed, or lying down in bed just make it part of your normal routine.

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BOOB CHECK 101 KNOW WHAT IS NORMAL FOR YOU Being breast aware simply means knowing what is usual for your boobs, as they will naturally change as part of your cycle each month. It is important to get to know the normal rhythm of your boobs so you will detect anything abnormal quickly. LOOK AND FEEL Many signs and symptoms are changes you would only notice by looking at the appearance of your boobs. So we advocate both coppin’a feel and checking yourself out in the mirror. IF IN DOUBT, GET IT CHECKED OUT Your doctor is the only person who can refer you for further examination so we encourage people to visit their doctor after a week of monitoring the symptom if it doesn’t go away. Text FEEL to 70300 for our free monthly text reminder service* * We’ll never use this service to ask you for money, and everything we send you is free. Standard network rates apply for the text you send to sign up.

Check us out at www.coppafeel.org

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FASHIONABLY

Flat

I SET UP MY WEBSITE FLATTER FASHION SO THAT NO OTHER WOMAN WOULD THINK SHE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF AND HIDE HER BODY JUST BEC AUSE SHE DOESN’T HAVE TWO BREASTS My name is Sarah Coombes and I am a trustee of the breast cancer charity Flat Friends UK. I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in my right breast in December 2014 when I was 35 years old. I was offered reconstruction, but I knew immediately that this was not for me. My surgeon spent time showing me reconstruction photos; encouraging me to hold silicone implants of different sizes, and explaining how safe and durable they now are since the PIP scandal. When my surgeon was discussing reconstruction to my right breast this included options to increase and/or lift my left breast at the same time, however instead, I requested that my left breast be removed so that I could be symmetrically flat. My breast care team offered me delayed reconstruction, silicone prostheses, and fabric ‘softies’; but, I told them that I wanted to live flat. The breast care nurse warned me against this saying “You won’t be able to find nice clothes.” So, I went away and read the Breast Cancer Care leaflet on clothing which at the time had two sentences on living without reconstruction and prostheses, and advised I cover up with scarves and baggy tops. I searched on the Internet what clothes suit a post-mastectomy body shape, and all I found was one website which again suggested ‘disguising’ my chest with more scarves and baggy tops. This, and the comment from my breast care nurse annoyed me, so two weeks later just before my double mastectomy I set up my website Flatter Fashion so that no other woman would think she should be ashamed of and hide her body just because she doesn’t have two breasts. Women who have had a mastectomy have spent most of their life a certain shape. As a teenager, we experiment with clothes; find the styles that suit us, follow trends, and reflect our personality through what we wear Then a few decades down the line, we suddenly have fewer breasts, and often a new outlook on life. We are faced with a wardrobe of clothes

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ALL HIGH STREET BRANDS CAN WORK FOR WOMEN WHO ARE LIVING SINGLE OR DOUBLE FLAT. THE RECENT TREND FOR RUFFLES, FRILLS, FRINGING AND BARDOT TOPS HAS BEEN BRILLIANT FOR US.


accumulated over many seasons, even years, which no longer feel like they belong to us. We also have a new body shape, which means it can be daunting suddenly not knowing what suits you anymore, or what you want to wear to reflect the new you. My website is all about sharing basic tips to help women develop confidence to try on new things to see what suits them now, and not feel that they should cover themselves up and hide who they are. I have been asked several times about launching a fashion label, but as I have said I do not agree with monetising my ideas. I also would never want women to think they need ‘specialist clothing’ just because they have not had reconstruction. All high street brands can work for women who are living single or double flat. The recent trend for ruffles, frills, fringing and bardot tops has been brilliant for us. The classic cowl neck in jersey, or light fabrics is always great too. Finding clothes that you feel confident in can play a huge part in helping you accept your new body. Personally, I prefer being flat when I look at my figure, and I love experimenting with different styles I would never have worn before my mastectomy. The website now also features seasonal fashion blogs with tips and photos from members of the Flat Friends UK closed Facebook group, which means the advice is current. But it is also now relevant to more women as it includes different sizes and styles modelled by women who have had single and double mastectomies, some of whom wear prostheses.

D RES S I N G FO R YOUR NEW B ODY S HA P E Shopping for a single or double flat chest is not that difficult; but, it is daunting to suddenly not know who you are, or what to wear. As you develop your style, focus on finding clothes that make you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. Be true to your own taste, but try experimenting with styles you would not have worn pre-mastectomy. Be creative with different patterns, textures, styles, and accessories until you find the look that reflects your personality, celebrates who you are now, and expresses who you want to be. And finally, be prepared to try things on that do not suit you or that you don’t like. This is something everyone experiences, whether they have breasts or not and is what makes finding the perfect item so special!

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B ASIC TIPS O N HOW TO FL ATTER A N D DECO RAT E SINGLE -FL AT AN D DOU BLE -F L AT CHESTS.

SHAPE To add movement and volume look for: •A-Line tops and swing dresses which flare gently from the chest •Bubble hem tops or dresses with elasticated waistbands •Off-the-shoulder, halter-necks and boat-necks can all add width across the chest •Avoid darts and princess seams where you are flat as they may not hang properly. FABRICS Floaty fabrics such as crepe, chiffon and light cotton create movement; jersey drapes and gathers to create shape; lace and embroidered layers add interest, and textured knits add depth. Layer contrasting textures and colours to add depth and shape.

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DETAILING Extra features which suit a flat chest include: •Double breasted pockets (or single on your flat side) •Gathered or cowl necklines •Frills and pussy bows •Pleats and pin tucks •Contrasting sleeves DECORATION Be proud of your chest: Decorate it! Look for: •Patterns to draw the eye around your outfit • Contrasting patterns on the bib or yoke •Appliquéd designs such as sequins, gems and beading •Statement necklaces or long pendants ASYMMETRICAL DESIGNS If you have had a single mastectomy also look out for: •Pleats, draping or frills from one shoulder •Contrasting panels or bold patterns to

In the last 2 years, since gaining charity status, Flat Friends UK has gone from strength to strength, being the only UK charity supporting ladies who have mastectomy without reconstruction. They now directly support over 1000 ladies on Facebook and are soon to launch a forum on their website. They have produced an information booklet, for ladies facing mastectomy, which has been distributed to 100 breast units across the UK, to be given to newly diagnosed patients. They can be contacted via www.flatfriends.org.uk or by email on support@flatfriends.org.uk

decorate your flat side ACCESSORIES Scarves worn in various ways are also a quick way to do all the above. So, if you do not feel ready to splash out on a bold gingham cold shoulder blouse, or a bright floral maxi dress, then build your confidence with your new style by decorating plainer outfits with bold accessories! Try patterned scarves, statement necklaces, and bold jackets instead.

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WEEKLY

breast Cancer Haven SUPPORT SERVICES IN LONDON YOUR HELP THROUGH THE TOUGHEST TIMES

Made possible with funding from Future Dreams - Breast Cancer Haven is providing free

“I had three lovely massages,

one-to-one weekly support at The Whittington,

which went to the right spot,

Archway and King George’s Hospital, Ilford.

what I needed - the sessions

Managed by a team of Breast Cancer Haven healthcare professionals, the personalised support package includes counselling, therapies such as massage, reflexology, acupuncture, nutritional advice as well as an initial

were lovely. After chemo, my legs were very weak and the massage really has helped me.” Gisele, aged 48

consultation with a Breast Cancer Haven Health Professional. Available at the most convenient location to you: • The Whittington Hospital Archway Fridays 10am to 4pm • St George’s Hospital Ilford Thursdays from 9am - 1pm • Breast Cancer Haven, Fulham

“This service and support has helped me accept what has happened - breast cancer is hard enough, the aftermath is a struggle, you feel so lonely and lost.

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

The service has been a lifeline to me.”

Wednesday evenings and one Saturday

Jodi, age 29

per month

Just call to make an appointment on: 020 3906 1406 or visit www.breastcancerhaven.org.uk

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IN AID OF

FUTUREDREAMS PERFORMED: EMMA MOORE AND HANNAH WADDINGHAM LYRICS: JASMINE SCARLETT FINE MUSIC: IAN MASTERSON


L E T T E R F R O M A M Y, D A U G H T E R O F OUR CO-FOUNDER DANIELLE LESLIE

Hi! I am Amy. I was so young when my mum died that I struggle to separate actual memories of her from photos or bits of video or things that people tell me. I try to remember her, but I can’t. I have been robbed of a relationship with my mother and all of the many things that involve my mum and she never got to know her own daughter; she never got to know who I am and what I feel and think about. I am incredibly proud of my mum. Despite being so ill, she devoted her time and energy to helping others. I know that her and Grandma set up Future Dreams with me in mind. They wanted to help a new generation of women and to make sure that no-one has to go through what they did without proper advice and support. As I get older, I realise more and more just how much they achieved. They started with a £100 and ten years later look where we are now - raised £4.5 million toward research, support and awareness for women and future women. I am determined not to break that chain of strong women and to do everything that I can to ensure that the charity goes from strength to strength. I know that Dad and Grandpa and everyone who loved Danielle and Sylvie so much take comfort from seeing my brothers Ben, Joe and I growing up happy and healthy. When we open Future Dreams House, home to Breast Cancer Haven, to offer women and their families touched by breast cancer no-one will be prouder than I am, of the achievements of two women that I am honoured to call my family. Thank you for supporting Future Dreams. Thank you for making sure that mum and grandma’s lives continue to mean something. Breast cancer has taken away their future. You can help me to make sure that it doesn’t take away their dreams.

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Love, Amy X


MY DARLING SYLVIE & DANIELLE I WILL LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU FOREVER YOUR DREAM LIVES ON LOVE ALWAYS EDDIE XXX

HUSBAND AND FATHER TO OUR TWO INSPIRATIONAL CO-FOUNDERS


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