AN all-women’s football team are for the second year running holding a fundraising match for Dorset-based charity GO Girls, to raise funds and awareness of ovarian cancer.
Following the success of last year’s event, organised by Charmouth resident Beth Gillan, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Lauren Millbanks has now picked up the mantle to ensure the event becomes a firm fixture in the annual calendar.
The event is being supported by Lyme Bay Holidays, based in Lyme Regis, where Lauren works.
She commented: “GO Girls continue to receive incredible support from local businesses. With the women’s World Cup still fresh in everyone’s minds, it’s great to see such enthusiasm from our local women to run such events to help us raise funds for ovarian cancer.”
Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the UK with almost 60 percent of women diagnosed at a late stage.
It is the second most lethal women’s cancer after cervical cancer with survival statistics not having improved in 20 years. Diagnosis brings with it significant fear and psychological distress and the disease is on the rise.
Chairman of GO Girls, Hilary Maxwell, commented: “With one in 60 women likely to be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetimes, this is a considerable number of families who will be affected.
“Knowing survival is poor – we must create change for the future. We don’t want such poor outcomes for our daughters and granddaughters, do we?”
Lauren added: “This is our second football match for GO Girls and we want to make this an annual event. As an all women team we want to make sure we raise awareness of ovarian cancer and help support GO Girls in their essential fundraising work to do this – let’s kick this disease into touch!”
The football match on Sunday, July 28 will be held alongside a family fun day with barbecue, tombola, glitters tattoos and much more.
Kick off is at 1pm at Seaton Town Football Club, Colyford Road, Seaton.