My Story – Charmaine Vincent
9 years ago, I felt heartbroken for the very first time. I lost a very dear friend, Gemma, to brain cancer. Our worlds were turned upside down and I really struggled to make sense of how someone so full of life and positivity, could be taken from us so early. At the young age of 27 years old, Gemma had already achieved so much. She had her own dog grooming business, drove a convertible mini and would light up the room immediately with her smile and zest for life. Her sunny disposition and admirable strength is something I’ve carried with me as a reminder to be grateful of what we have and to never take those around you for granted. She will always be my inspiration.
Within 12 short months of Gemma passing, my beautiful mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and it hit me like a ton of bricks. The very thought of losing her was incomprehensible. It’s fair to say that my belief and understanding of cancer and its survival rates weren’t great at all. That said following a Mastectomy and a round of chemotherapy, thankfully my mother, survived and is here today to tell her story.
Most people have sadly been effected or know of someone that has been effected by Cancer and I made a promise to myself 9 years ago that I would one day hold an event that would bring people together to help raise a large sum of money, in the attempt to help raise awareness, encourage early diagnosis and most importantly help provide valuable resource to find a cure.
Going through such heart ache really does make you question your own mortality and everyday I’m grateful for the life I have, as a wife, a mother, a business owner and am blessed by those that continue to remain by my side.
Life really is for living and we now have an opportunity to give back and ultimately save lives.
We’re holding a huge event on World Cancer Day (4th Feb 2020) at Ashton Gate to help Raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK. Tickets and sponsorship can be found on our eventbright page:
An integral part of this fundraiser has been the production of 2 calendars (male and female) modelled on “calendar girls” to help raise even more money. These brave, courageous men and women have stepped out of their comfort zone and tastefully bared all for the greater cause.
These calendars go on sale in early December and you can reserve yours today by contacting Lauren Cox on:
T: 0117 313 7110
Whilst the recommended price per calendar will be £10, please dig deep for this amazing cause and know that your contribution will help save lives.
One passionate, determined woman can definitely make a difference but a team of passionate, determined people, can rock the world!
Bristol SME’s say NO to Cancer - Join us in this fight.