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Material Girls Set for Fundraising at QA

Published: 4th October 2017 15:45

From cushions and blankets to tablecloths and indoor decorations, on Thursday 12th October, a local group of textile enthusiasts will be at Queen Alexandra Hospital selling a collection of work in aid of the Portsmouth Cancer Trust.

Stitchers, knitters and crafters who belong to Portsmouth’s ‘Material Girls’ will be providing a variety of handmade items for people to purchase in aid of Portsmouth Cancer Trust. Entitled ‘Home Sweet Home’, the collection ranges from soft furnishings to practical items that are useful around the house.

The sale is a culmination of work by the group, which alternates monthly meetings at the Best Western Royal Beach Hotel in Southsea between guest speakers and project evenings, since the start of the year.

‘For the past three years we have chosen a charity and a theme in order to raise funds for a local cause,’ explains founder, Pam Lander Brinkley. ‘In our first year, we raised money for the Rocky Appeal, in the second year we chose Rowans Hospice and this year we wanted to support The Portsmouth Cancer Trust.’

The Portsmouth Cancer Trust is a fundraising initiative to improve women’s health by supporting Mr Robert Woolas, Consultant Gynaecologist at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, in his efforts to promote research data gathered from The United Kingdom Collaborative Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening (UKCTOCS).

Since 2002, women aged between 50 and 74 years old who had been randomly selected from local registers, took part in screenings and tests for UKCTOCS, a study run the Research Medical Council and NHS Research & Development to deepen understanding of, and identify opportunities for early detection of ovarian cancer.

‘Out of the 13 centres across the UK that recruited for and participated in the study, Portsmouth contributed 19,191 women – almost 10% of the total number across the country,’ explains Pam. ‘I and a number of other Material Girls volunteered for the study and now we want to help to make the data collected known throughout the scientific community so it can be used to detect other cancers and serious medical conditions.’

The collection, along with a raffle to win one of three full-size handmade quilts, will be on sale from the foyer of Queen Alexandra Hospital on Thursday 12th October 10am to 5pm, and Friday 27th October from midday until 7pm.

For more information about Material Girls, visit www.facebook.com/MaterialGirlsPortsmouth

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