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

12:19 16 September 2013

The pink "breast cancer" ribbon logo

The pink "breast cancer" ribbon logo

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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.

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