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5+ Best Breast Cancer Charities to Donate to (For breast cancer awareness month)

Updated: Jan 26

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.


If you are looking at simple and effective ways to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Wear it Pink Day with your online business - read on



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.


Breast Cancer Statistics


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 Consider Supporting 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.


Your Impact




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.


Your Impact

£10 donated allows them to purchase the products for 3 Little Lifts chemotherapy Boxes




3) 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.




4) 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.



5) Prevent Breast Cancer


Prevent Breast Cancer is an organisation focused on breast cancer prevention through research, education, and awareness. The charity focuses on helping to identify risk factors of the disease as well as developing preventative strategies to help save lives.


Prevent Breast Cancer Charity Logo



💕Wear it Pink Day is held on the 20th 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 pink in their communities, schools or workplaces 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:

Breast Cancer Self Assessment

2) 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. Some charities like Breast Cancer Now have fundraising packages that you can request.


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, there are many other social events that you can look into.


Running a quiz night has become a very popular fundraising tool in recent years. To make the most of your quiz night, consider including quiz ideas that align with your organization's values and interests, such as personality tests, trivia games, or opinion polls. These quizzes not only engage your audience but also offer opportunities to educate and raise awareness about your cause.


3) Customer Donations at Checkout


For 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. Whether you are working with a Magento Charity Donation Extension or a Shopify Charity App, there are some great tools available to be used.


4) Pink takeover


Show your support and share a bold message by changing your brand colours to pink during the Wear it Pink campaign, or ever throughout the awareness month.



Excited to see all the great and creative ways eCommerce retailers show Breast Cancer Awareness Month support this October!


And if you are giving from sales - Virtue makes teaming up with great Charities and supporting from sales super simple. With all your store-front assets provided. Instal Virtue via your eCommerce App Store.



 

Guide: How to Run a Giving Campaign

  • How to choose a cause

  • How to Pick a Giving Style

  • Launch Checklist

  • Cause Calendar


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