Larkhall cancer survivor, Mandy McAuley, and Sky Sport’s Hayley McQueen, dived in to a bath of mud on Glasgow’s busy Buchanan street in a bid to raise awareness for Cancer Research.
Both ladies, who have been affected by cancer, took the plunge to show their support for the 350 ScottishPower employees who will be taking part in Cancer Research UK’s Pretty Muddy challenge at Bellahouston Park later this month.
Mandy, who is one of the employees taking part in the event, was diagnosed with breast cancer just before her 40th birthday, before being told that it had spread to her lymph nodes and had to undergo a mastectomy.
Since being given the all-clear, she is looking forward to taking on the challenge with her colleagues to raise money for Cancer Research UK and taking donations through her Just Giving page.
Mandy said: “They say life begins at 40 but for me, I had to face up to the fact that it might mean the opposite.
“I had to come to terms with this while undergoing chemo and have a mastectomy. It was a terrifying time but I fought it head on with the support of my family and great friends. I’m focused on raising as much funds as possible by taking on Pretty Muddy this month for one amazing charity.”
- nearly 60,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year
- 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime
- 340 me are diagnosed with breast cancer per year
- 12,000 people die from breast cancer per year
- 85% of breast cancer sufferers survive beyond 5 years
- 1 in 7 women aged between 50 and 70 never check their breasts for signs of cancer outside of their routine mammograms appointments.
Haley McQueen has offered her support in highlighting the importance of fundraising in the battle against cancer.
The Sky Sports personality knows how vital it is to find a cure after her father, ex Scotland footballer Gordon McQueen, was treated for throat cancer in 2011.
Even though her father is now cancer free, Hayley is determined to do her bit to raise awareness for the fatal disease.
“It’s great to see so many women coming together to help beat cancer sooner and I’m thrilled to be supporing over 350 strong women from ScottishPower taking on the challenge together.
“It was such a shock to be told that my dad had cancer but we got through it as a family and I don’t know what I would have done without the support of my friends.”
ScottishPower are the official energy sponsor of Cancer Research UK and, since 2012, have raised more than £9million as part of a wider partnership with the charity.
Mark Bowen, UK Marketing Director, said: “Our commitment to making a difference at ScottishPower stretches beyond energy. Our employees have gone above and beyond to raise funds for Cancer Research UK over that past four years. Their enthusiasm and willingness to get involved is hugely inspiring.”
Photo credited to The Daily Record.