Monday, 8 October 2012

Coppafeel!



I hadn't heard of Coppafeel! until I watched Dawn Porter's documentary 'My Breasts Could Kill Me' in 2009. Did you see it? The charity's founder, Kris, was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 23 years old. It took her ten months to be diagnosed, her GP kept sending her away because 'she was too young to worry about breast cancer'. Wrong. By the time Kris secured a referral the cancer was already established, was spreading and was at Stage 4 - the advanced stage. There is no Stage 5.

This was in 2009 and Kris is still fighting not only her battle against cancer but her battle to 'encourage young people everywhere to keep hold of their wonderful, carefree lives by getting to know their boobs - and  appreciating that, as shitty a fact as it may be, breast cancer can affect YOUNG PEOPLE, at any age'

Kris' charity has raised heaps of cash and has the backing of celebrities such as Fearne Cotton, Dermot O'Leary, Dawn Porter and Chris O'Dowd to name but a few

As the charity targets young people (not just women - did you know men can get breast cancer too?) they show up as Fresher's Fairs and music festivals and organise events such as Bakin' for Baps and Bikin' for Boobies - but it's less about raising money than it is about raising awareness. As Kris says 'You won't find us shaking a bucket on the street but we will be there asking when you last checked your boobs'

Want to read more inspirational words from Kris? Check out her blog here

I use Coppafeel's boob check reminder - a free service which texts you a reminder to check your boobs once a month. How great is that? Because let's face it, once this month is over and I stop banging on about your boobs, it will be easy to forget

I strongly suggest you check out the Coppafeel! website, it has tons of useful information such as a quick guide to checking your boobs, as well as information on upcoming and recent events and details on how to get involved if you'd like to. Why not sign up for the text reminder service while you're there? It's free!

Just click on the logo above to go to the website and find out more. And - did I already say this? - start checking your boobs!!

18 comments:

  1. I've supported the charity Coppafeel since that documentary too and I think it's a wonderful charity, both with how they've taken a humourous approach to appeal to younger women and just the amazing work they do. I'm always surprised by how few people know about them so I'm always telling my friends about them and wearing my Coppafeel hoodie haha :)
    such a great post.
    xo

    Jacquina @ www.jazzyleelbc.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm SO pleased to hear that! I'm always surpised when people haven't heard of these charities too. I agree, it's great how Coppafeel! target younger people. They've received some stick for it recently (did you see that broadsheet article?) but in my opinion anything that raises awareness is a good thing xx

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    2. No, I haven't seen it! :/ I don't see how they could get ANY bad press for anything that they do, they do such great work which no one else really does ie targeting younger women. I think people can find anything to complain about!
      xo

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    3. Unbelievable isn't it? Apparently breast cancer awareness is being made 'too sexy'. It was the Independent, link here

      http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/why-is-breast-cancer-awareness-made-so-sexy-8135480.html

      I was pleased to see my disbelieving comment was mostly backed by others, including Cosmo's editor. Honestly, the author's morals and ethics must have taken a holiday in order for her to make some money out of that article! xx

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    4. "We’ve seen the cause endorsed by plenty of perky, dewy-skinned young women who still have both breasts intact." Erm, what about Kris the amazing leader of Coppafeel who herself suffered from breast cancer as a 'perky, young, dewy-skinned woman'? I'm getting angry reading this article! I think this writer needs to get her head on straight and see all the good they've done with these campaigns.
      xo

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    5. Exactly, did she do ANY research before writing that tripe?? xx

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  2. I've not seen the documentary but I obsessively stalk Dawn Porter and Chris O'Dowd so know a bit about it. As I said I'm a bit of a checking freak, but I love the idea of this service, such a simple way to keep on top of it xxxx

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    1. Hehe, me too! What I would have given to be a fly on the wall at their wedding!
      It's a great idea isn't it? Sign up! xx

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  3. Lovely post darling! Asking for action, not money :D I have read about this charity in Cosmopolitan magazine, they really get their message across. Thanks for sharing :D

    OutsideBeautyInsideHealth

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    1. That's the one, they had a feature with Mel B in Cosmo recently! Pleased you enjoyed it Cat xx

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  4. Really, really, really should get into the habit of a regular self-exam every few weeks - not sure where to start as to what it should feel like though so will pop along and take a look at Coppafeel!

    Jem xXx

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    1. Definitely! All info on the website and the text service is great xx

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  5. Brill post Rachael! I saw that show too, terrifying & thought provoking. Coppafeel is a brilliant charity xx

    (I also stalk Porter & O'Dowd daily, I have no shame in admitting this - I didn't know so many people shared my crazy-stalkerishness) xx

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    1. It was a really good documentary, I've been trying to find out if it's available on DVD but it doesn't look like it is.
      They are just so cool aren't they???? xx

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  6. This is wonderful that you're posting about such important things. That is why I openly share our infertility story...to raise awareness. I'd love to swap buttons with you to help grow each others blogs...if you're interested.

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    1. Hi, I'd love to read your blog, what's the address? Sadly I can't add anything else to my sidebar at the minute, if that changes I'll be sure to get in touch xx

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  7. Great post :) My mum has had a few lump scares over the last few years so I am aware that you should check yourself and think this is a really good awareness programme aimed at young people.

    Tanesha x
    www.tanesha-marie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Tanesha! I agree, young people need to be aware that breast cancer could affect them too xx

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