Top 5 Charities to Consider this Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Updated: Sep 1
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time when people from all over the world show their support for those impacted by Breast Cancer. There are also many organisations across the UK supporting people and families affected by this disease.
About Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the world with over 2.2 million new cases in 2020. It is also the 5 most common cause of cancer death with almost 685,000 estimated deaths in 2020,
The cases disproportionally impact women over men, with survival rates varrying widely among socioeconomic groups. As lower-income patients across the board are more likely to die from the disease.
If caught early, the chances of surviving a breast cancer diagnosis improve drastically. This had led to many organisations focusing on education as an effective tool for saving lives.
What Breast Cancer Charities Do
Breast Cancer Charities complete a number of roles with some specializing in research and treatment of the disease, while others focus on sharing information and supporting patients and their families.
Across the UK, there are multiple organisations focused on separate facets of disease and the patient journey.
Top 5 Breast Cancer Charities to Support this Breast Cancer Awareness Month
We know it can be a bit tricky choosing which Charity to team up with this October so we put together this neat list to help you pick your cause.
1) Breast Cancer Now
Breast Cancer Now is a charity working across all facets of Breast Cancer, but they are one of the best groups focusing on research. They are funding over 300 researchers to find ways to both prevent breast cancer and help save lives of those who have been diagnosed.
£50 donated to Breast Cancer Now could provide 500 leaflets for doctor’s surgeries in the UK
2) Little Lifts
Little Lifts is focused on helping people undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
To Date, Little Lifts has gifted 5,825 boxes to patients. They work directly with hospitals to provide Little Lifts Boxes for patients during their treatment planning and review meetings.
£ 10 donated allows them to purchase the products for three Little Lifts chemotherapy Boxes
CoppeFeel is a charity that wants to give everyone the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer via education.
Cancer is a heavy topic, so they focus on delivering light-hearted and fun messages to young people. The best way to survive Breast Cancer is to catch it early, and CoppaFeel want everyone to know their own boobs and pecs!
£5 donated can provide 500 young people with a pocket-sized checking card with info on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
4) Breast Cancer Haven
Breast Cancer Haven is a charity focused on supporting of those impacted by breast cancer.
The treatment process is difficult and can include major surgery, gruelling rounds of
chemotherapy and radiotherapy, followed by years of taking hormonal medication. Breast Cancer Haven exists to provide a personalised programme of emotional, physical and practical to improve the overall quality of life of patients.
5) Breast Friends
Breast Friends is a support-based charity with branches all across the UK.
Focused on personal support and community meet-ups, Breast friends (like the group out of Northamptonshire) is run by women who have been through a breast cancer diagnosis looking to give back and support the community.
Wear it Pink Day is held on the 21st of October!
Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK. Taking place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of amazing people wear it pink in their communities, schools or work places for the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, Breast Cancer Now.
What else can stores do to show support?
1) Provide Information to Employees
There are many signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and if detected early there is a much better chance of surviving the disease.
One of the easiest ways that a business can support is to take the time and share this information with employees. Basic information on self-assessments has been proven to save lives and has a knock-on effect as many employees will share this information with their friends and families.
Here is a quick reference for breast self-examination:
3) Run a fundraiser
There are a lot of great ways for a company to run a fundraiser with its employees, and there is no limit to how you can do it.
One of the most common ways is when a member of the team will run a race and collect donations from coworkers. However, if running is not your thing, running a quiz night or a bake sale are also great options.
Some charities like Breast Cancer Now have fundraising packages that you can request.
3) Customer Donations at Checkout
For the month of October, many stores will fundraise for a Breast Cancer charity via customer donations. This is a great way to help raise funds for a worthy cause.
If you are an online retailer, there are other tools available. With Virtue, we make it easy to add customer donations as part of your shop's online experience. Simply install our integration, and give your shoppers the option to support a breast cancer charity.
4) Give a percentage of Sales
Many businesses will support charities directly with a percentage of sales from each item going towards a preferred UK charity.