Search

Romford breast cancer survivor, 41, and seven friends to raise cash for Macmillan with ‘pink ribbon’ tattoos

12:19 16 September 2013

The pink

The pink "breast cancer" ribbon logo

Archant

No one should face cancer alone – that’s the Macmillan slogan.

So it’s appropriate that seven friends of breast cancer survivor Janine Read are raising cash for the charity by getting inked as a show of solidarity.

Janine, 41, of Sheringham Avenue, Romford, and her bosom buddies will have the “pink ribbon” logo tattooed on their wrists – and one ankle – as a “badge of honour”.

And the generous tattoo artists at The Lucky 7 on London Road will donate half their fee for each woman to Macmillan – a total of £240.

Mum-of-two Janine – who lost her own mother Marion to the disease 15 years ago – said it was important to wear the logo proudly because cancer is “nothing to be scared or ashamed of”.

“A friend suggested it, which is touching,” explained the medical secretary, who works at Queen’s Hospital.

“She approached the tattooist, who does a lot for charity, and he was more than happy to help.

“I had a lot of support from my friends. They helped out with the school run, looked after me while my partner was at work and took me to chemotherapy appointments every three weeks.

“A couple of them have had family members who’ve also had breast cancer, but they’re mainly doing it to support me.”

When it came to choosing a charity recipient, there was no contest.

“There’s always someone at Macmillan to talk to,” she explained. “I think they’re marvellous.”

You’ve got to be tough to beat breast cancer – so getting inked should be a walk in the park for Janine.

Even so, she admits she’s a little apprehensive.

“I had a tattoo done when I was about 23,” she said. “It’s bearable because you’re doing it for yourself.

“You’re not going to admit to anyone that it hurts!”

The brave octet will be in the tattooist’s chair on two evenings this week. Pick up Friday’s Recorder to see how they got on.

0 comments

Latest Romford News Stories

Scene from the Hornchurch explosion. Picture: Jack Duggins

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson following the explosion at the block of flats in Hornchurch last night.

Traffic

There is heavy traffic on the A127 this morning following the explosion in Hornchurch last night.

07:00
Havering Town Hall

Two sites earmarked for housing developments will be preserved after hundreds of people opposed the proposals.

Yesterday, 23:08
A passer-by tells of her experience at the explosion earlier today.

A passer-by speaks to the Recorder about her initial reaction to try and help those in need after the explosion.

Yesterday, 21:32
Scenes from the explosion. Picture: Alison Braun

One man tells how he saw injured people fleeing and cars hit by debris

Yesterday, 20:36
Scene of explosion. Picture: Alison Braun

Four people have been treated for injuries following the explosion at the block of flats.

Yesterday, 19:13
Scenes from the explosion. Picture: Alison Braun

Fire engines and ambulances can be seen lining Gallows Corner in these pictures taken at the scene of the explosion.

Yesterday, 18:05
Emergency services have been alerted to an explosion at a block of flats in Hornchurch.

Residents are in the process of being evacuated from a block of flats following an explosion.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Are you in need of a new kitchen? Try our competition and you could win a brand new one!

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

MyOffers H&M Competition

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now