Rachel with her friend at The Ovarian Cancer Walk in Edinburgh
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Posted by Rachel on Tuesday 14 February 2017

Since her best friend died from ovarian cancer Rachel has been fundraising with her colleagues at Gap.

My best friend was diagnosed with ovarian cancer eight years ago and sadly passed away in December 2015. Raising awareness is important to me and I wanted to fundraise to support the work that Target Ovarian Cancer does.

We balloted the store team when deciding which charity to support and for the last 2 years Target Ovarian Cancer has received the most votes. We have done a range of fundraising activities in store including a tuck shop for staff. It’s very easy and popular, I keep it stocked with lots of tasty treats including drinks, crisps, chocolate and sweets, and ask for a small donation for each item.

We have also had a couple of cake sales over key weekends for the store such as Bank Holidays and also Halloween - having a theme helps! Last Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month we held a dress bright day in store, shouting loud with our outfits to raise money and awareness with staff making a small donation to take part.

We have two collection tins at the till - these are great, I am always amazed at how quickly the pennies add up. Our box of pin badges and wristbands offers a quick and easy fundraising opportunity for our customers. In addition, I have taken part in The Ovarian Cancer Walk for the last 2 years. Anything I have personally raised, Gap as my employer has matched, doubling the donation to Target Ovarian Cancer.

Target Ovarian Cancer’s fundraising team have been a great support, providing resources where necessary and also being at the end of the phone, for advice or a friendly chat.

So far I’ve been able to raise over £2,900 – that’s enough to help over 5,800 people learn about the symptoms and allow almost 3,000 GPs to update their knowledge of ovarian cancer and best practice for early diagnosis!

Losing my best friend Louise to ovarian cancer was devastating and so my desire to support Target Ovarian Cancer through fundraising is motivated by that loss and by the notion that everybody, man or woman, has an important person in their life who is at risk of ovarian cancer. It could be a wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother or a friend, we could all be affected by this disease and so for me fundraising to help improve education, detection and treatment is vital.

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