Raising cash to beat breast cancer at Hucknall Leisure Centre

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A Hucknall woman who is recovering from breast cancer has organised a fundraising event at the town’s leisure centre this Friday.

The event, which kicks off at midday, will feature cakes, refreshments and a raffle to raise money for vital research into the illness.

Organiser Bettina Benski said: “I have seen first-hand the number of people affected by this disease and I feel I need to give something back to help.

“So many people have given me raffle prizes. I have been really impressed by the support from the community.”

Last year Bettina, 57, of Woodford Road, retired from teaching French at Hall Park Academy, in Eastwood, after 22 years.

She said: “I took retirement and thought I would go back part-time. But I got my diagnosis in September. It’s the sort of thing you don’t expect.

“I have been through the therapy and was having chemo during the winter. City Hospital were just brilliant!”

Bettina paid tribute to the leisure centre staff, who, she says, have been ‘absolutely wonderful’.

On the same day staff at Costa Coffee on Hucknall’s High Street will be dressing up pink and running a ‘Name the Teddy’ competition and a colouring competition.

Both events are part of the ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign’s national day of fundraising as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.