As many of you will know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This year QVC are celebrating 14 years of continued support for our chosen charity, Breast Cancer Care. Over those years a massive 4.4 million pounds has been raised and we have our extremely generous viewers and suppliers to thank for that.
Each year we host a very special, three hour, live fundraising show called 'Be Aware Show You Care'. The date for your diary is Wednesday, the 16th of October between 6pm and 9pm. Not only is it packed full of very specially priced, and often pink themed, products donated by our suppliers but its a chance to hear some very moving stories from those who have directly benefitted from the great work Breast Cancer Care does.
There will be live auctions for special treats, famous faces manning the donation line, and, as we are live, you just never know what else might happen on the night as we sometimes get calls from viewers offering donations in return for presenter challenges! All net proceeds on the night, together with donations from the live auction line, will go to Breast Cancer Care so feel free to get creative!
The annual Breast Cancer Care fashion show was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel last week. I was invited to attend to film the proceedings with a lovely team from QVC. We had a remarkable day and evening. We met some incredibly strong men and women, heard stories that touched our hearts and felt inspired and uplifted by the fashion show itself. What a show! Of course tears were shed but also it was such a great fashion show with lots of themes from swinging 60's to country and western right the way through to all out golden glamour! Most importantly, all of the models had been treated for breast cancer and this was their time to shine on the catwalk. They certainly did, too.
You can see the highlights below.
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I, also, took to the stage for a few minutes. I had been asked to give a brief speech and I must tell you this..it was, possibly, the most nerve wracking and daunting moments of my QVC career. For those of you who may not know, many of us at QVC feel as though we are like a family. We work so closely with one another. We don't just work together, we are friends sharing year after year together.
This year cancer took two of our dear QVC family members from us. Two beautiful souls, models Beulah Hughes and Amica Pavey. Behind the scenes, as well as in front of the cameras, we shared some of their heart-breaking journeys with them.
I wanted to acknowledge them and name them in my speech but just knew how important it was to hold it all together so I kept it brief and am proud to say the words all came out without me losing it. If all those brave men and women could take to the stage and do what they did then I had to keep it together. A completely humbling experience for me and one I will never forget.
I also mentioned our dear Alison Keenan who has been through the experience of breast cancer and all that the journey has entailed and continues to entail. She also strutted her fabulous stuff on the catwalk last year. Several of us presenters bought tickets to attend and support her. She constantly amazes me with her strength, her laughter, her optimism and her special way of spreading sunshine wherever she goes.
I've been very personally touched by breast cancer in my family, as well as other cancers. I'm sure there's not a single person reading this who has not so that's why I'm asking you to dig deep and give whatever you can..no matter how small, it all makes a difference.
Please tune in on Wednesday, 16th October 6pm til 9pm for a fun, inspirational, fabulous, moving and very worthwhile evening. I'll be manning the phones along with my friends so, perhaps, we'll even be chatting together then!
Much love and heartfelt warmest wishes to any of you going through cancer in any way.