There are many reasons to call Alice May-Purkiss a Boob Champion. Like the fact she has an (enviable) t-shirt collection. And for her dedication to educating the nation as a CoppaFeel! Boobette. We also rate her ability to make everyone laugh while talking about the Big C (we think it's her Northern charm). But most of all, we think Alice is a Boob Champion because she speaks about what it's like to survive breast cancer (before you've even turned 30) in a sensitive, eloquent, funny, passionate and totally accurate way. We wish we'd written this ourselves.
Fleur De Force!
Girl VS Cancer
Today's Boob Champion goes by many titles, Girl Stole London, purveyor of excellent t-shirts, the force behind #GirlVsCancer and... Lauren. Lauren was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and (to quote the woman herself) decided she wanted to give cancer the middle finger. As well as blogging her experience of the Big C, she recently teamed up with the lovely folk at West Elm to put on a fundraiser for CoppaFeel! Like all good events, it included a tonne of glitter, some epic workshops and a myriad of words for boobs, in this case, printed on t-shirts. As well as showing us a pretty great time, Lauren raised over £1000 to support our work. We can't think of a better way to show cancer who's boss. What a legend.
If we had a pound for everything the Marvellous Mr Plane has done for our charity, we’d be minted. Although to be honest, we essentially do. Jon and his wife Laura have talked boobs, run multiple marathons, climbed Machu Picchu, elevated the fancy dress bar to new heights and raised more than £50,000 for our charity. When our Boobette Laura sadly passed away earlier this year, Jon turned her celebration of life into the inaugural LauFest, a day of dancing, glitter and a LOT of love. As well as being an EPIC tribute to the total Wonder Woman that was Laura, Jon also raised a whole lot of money to support our work. It's difficult to put into words how much love we've got for this man, but we CAN say this: legends like The Planes are the reason we exist. Jon, we think you're a hero.
The Boob Brunch Crew
Our Uni Boob Team Leader Hannah knows a lot about talking boobs, and today has earned her boob champion stripes for her dedication to not missing an opportunity to get people on the boob-checking bandwagon. Whilst teaching in Narthawada, India, Hannah seized the opportunity to take CoppaFeel!'s message international, giving talks in her community to challenge the notion that breast cancer is a disease that only affects older people. In her words "The people I spoke to, both British and Indian nationals, were really responsive and asked us questions about symptoms - this is not common in rural India as often women's health is considered a taboo area". We think Hannah is an absolute champion for her services to spreading the word, and we'd like you to give her an almighty boob salute!
Fred & Georgia!
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and when the universe throws cancer your way - shave your head? Well, according to today's boob champions, Georgia & Fred, that's a pretty sound philosophy. Georgia was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and after having a double mastectomy is about to begin chemotherapy. There's no denying it, chemo is pretty crappy, so Georgia's brother decided to try and take the sting out of it by organising a mass head shave. Not only was it a pretty epic show of solidarity, Fred also managed to drum up more than £5100 in sponsorship, money which will help us ensure everyone has the best possible chance of surviving this disease. We think that's pretty epic, and much sweeter than lemonade, to be honest.
We like to think we're a pretty easy going bunch, but when it came to building our Boobmobile, things got serious. Or as serious as you can be when you're designing an enormous pink bus. This week's Boob Champions are the awesome team who made our Boobmobile designs a reality. Not only did the folk at Anthem X put up with our frequent protestations that "No, that's still not enough glitter", they also turned around the vehicle of our dreams ready for us to hit the festival fields of the UK. We think they're a pretty special bunch, and we'd like to give them a shout out for their services to the motoring world.... the M40 doesn't know what's hit it. Take a bow!
One of the best things about our jobs is getting to work with people who go above and beyond in the name of boobs - and here's a lady who did just that. Not only has our superstar Boobette, Cole, dedicated her time to getting the people of Kent talking boobs, she's now taken on the role of fundraiser extraordinaire. Last month she organised a fundraising extravaganza in aid of CoppaFeel! - roping in the local mayor, MP, police, fire services and Jamie Johnson (that fella off the voice) to help spread the boob love. Featuring Boob Ball, football and an inflatable human football table (!) Cole's event raised more than £3000 to support our work. We think Cole is a TOTAL legend and deserves an almighty boob salute!
Sophie & team!
This March our Uni Boob Team leader Sophie and her mates strapped on their walking boots to raise money in the name of norks! Between them they covered 10 miles, raised over £1400 and managed to canvas the entire route with our boob-checking info cards. What a bunch of legends - welcome to the Boob Champion hall of fame!
Meet today's Boob Champion, Helen. When our long-time supporter and fundraiser Giselle Cowie sadly passed away from breast cancer aged just 43, Helen was inspired to 'do something' for CoppaFeel! Except to Helen, 'something' meant walking the Camino de Santiago over 30 days. Not only did she carry everything on her back and trek 800k of tough terrain, she also raised over £3000 for our charity, money which will help us ensure more young people survive breast cancer. We think she's pretty special and deserves a whole lot of love. Inspired? Here's how you can support out work.
Today's Boob Champion is the kind of woman who makes you want to dust off those trainers in the back of the wardrobe and start running. After receiving the news that her breast cancer had spread to her brain, Nellie and her friends at Bodmin's Women's Running Club started running under the name 'Nellie's Army' to prove that she's not living with cancer but instead it is living with her. They've tackled countless runs for us in the past few years, from half marathons to RAT races and this April Nellie took on the ultimate challenge of the London Marathon. Not only did she make it round the 26.2 miles still smiling, Nellie also raised £5,297 for us to spread our life-saving, boob-checking message. Nellie, we think you're a queen!
Janners Jogging for Jugs!
This year we had an almighty THIRTY-ONE runners take on the Plymouth Half Marathon in the name of knockers. Our amazing Boobette Laura Plane and husband Jon were on hand to cheer them on and even collect our most international runner yet from the bus station... Jon's cousin who flew in from Serbia before taking the overnight bus down to Plymouth. Dedication or what?! Not to mention that fact that collectively they raised more than £3000 to support our work. Plymouth, we salute you!
Today's Boob Champion has been part of the CoppaFeel! story from the very start. In fact she was the person who filled out the application form to make CoppaFeel! a charity. Rach has been a trustee for 8 years and has been through all the highs and lows with us. Being a trustee is quite the task for any charity. But it takes a special person to ride out all the waves. There have been some very tough decisions to make, a lot of faking it to make it, a lot of very proud moments AND she has run many half marathons when she reaaally didn’t have to. She has got through it all with us, even alongside studying long hours to be a doctor. She has somehow made being a trustee work alongside a very busy life. On behalf of everyone at CoppaFeel! thanks for being part of our team and for your commitment governing this important charity. Thank you for believing in me and my story and for diving into the deep end with us 8 years ago. So here's to Rach, from Kris and the Boob Team x
Shout out to Freya, designer, Boob Champion and the person to make our t-shirt dreams come true! We asked Freya to design t-shirts for our Thank You Party and she delivered, big time, coming up with loads of awesome illustrations, putting up with all of our to-ing and fro-ing and pulling together a superb design, feat. cats, totally free of charge. She didn't even ask us to give her a promo, but we think she's a legend so we're going to anyway - check out more of her work here.
Today's Boob Champions have been pretty busy this month educating the Great British public on the importance of getting to know their norks. Throughout March our fabulous Boobettes have given FIFTY talks, bringing their boob chat to schools, universities, offices and even the England Ladies Cricket team. To put that into perspective, that's more than double the amount of talks they'd typically give in a month - so it's safe to say this lot are pretty in demand. As the Boobettes continue to inspire through their personal stories, now more than ever we need ambassadors to share their experiences and help spread a life-saving message. If you’re aged 18-35 and have been diagnosed with breast cancer or have had a breast cancer scare and would like to get involved, apply to join our elite squad of boob-checking experts. Applications end this Friday, March 31st.
Today's Boob Champ is one of our own: our bloomin' brilliant Boobette Coordinator Lucinda. This January Lucinda decided (on a whim) to take on her first ever half marathon. Sensibly, she landed on the the Paris Half, which takes place in early March. In two months Lucinda achieved what would take most of us six, smashing her training, nailing the run and raising more than TWO THOUSAND POUNDS in the process. For outstanding services to running, fundraising and candid updates to her fundraising page, we're crowning Lucinda today's Boob Champion. You can read more about why she decided to get a boob on here.
Team Bath Half!
Meet Sophie, Boob Champion and poster girl for the boob-checking cause. Sophie came across CoppaFeel! about 2 years ago and was prompted to start checking her boobs. She was shocked to find a lump but decided to visit her doctor straight away. After being told she was "too young", when the lump was examined, it was decided she should be referred to a breast clinic. Luckily for Sophie it turned out to be a fast growing Fibroadenoma and after a few more visits to the clinic, her lump was removed. Sophie wants to share her story in order to make others aware and pro-active, 'I wanted to tell my story to encourage as many young people as possible to CHECK CHECK CHECK!! The NHS were amazing but every step of the way i was told that "you're too young." I feel so lucky that I was finally given the news that it was a Fibroadenoma but I am still glad I got peace of mind and had the lump removed'. Most lumps in younger women won't be cancer, but if in doubt always get it checked out! We reckon Sophie has earned her Boob Champion stripes for doing just that. If you're worried about something and want to know what to expect from your GP appointment, check out our video guide.
See these faces? These faces belong to verified boob champions and probable geniuses Fresh Tech. They've been lending their IT expertise to CoppaFeel! for the last few years (free of charge!), helping us out with our technological needs and demonstrating seriously laudible patience with the Boob Team when they need to tell us to 'turn it off and then on again' one more time. Here they are in full Boob Champion regalia. We reckon it suits them. Let's show them some love, people!
We've been lucky enough to have the lovely Theni volunteering at Boob HQ over the last few months - bringing her accounting skills (and EXCELLENT chat) to the to table to help us keep things in ship shape. Today is Theni's last day in the office and we're all pretty sad about it. So we've decided to crown her Boob Champion in the hope that she'll agree to come and visit us some time. Help us out by showing her some love! (Yep, you guessed it, she's in the middle...)
Today's Boob Champion is our founder, Kris! This week marks Kris' 8th cancerversary (in case you're not au fait with the term, it means Kris has been living with cancer for the last 8 years). Since her diagnosis in 2009, Kris has been pretty busy with CoppaFeel!, cancer treatment and above all else, making the most of being here. This Sunday, to mark the occasion, Kris and the Boob Team will be spending the day doing something that makes us glad to be alive - and we want you to do the same. Our challenge to you is to find the time to do something you love, whether that's a morning yoga session or some alone time with your Netflix account, you have our full permission to skip laundry day. You can read more about how Kris will be spending her cancerversary here!
Pretty Little Thing!
See these backs? These backs belong to fundraising HEROES and Tuesday Boob Champions Pretty Little Thing. Their team have raised more than £9000 for CoppaFeel! by hosting sample sales in aid of us at Uni's across the U.K. We think that makes them a pretty phenomenal bunch! Let's show them some love 💗 If you want to find out more about what we get up to on campus, head to uniboobteam.com
Ever seen a boob pinyata before? No, neither had we. That was until this week's Boob Champion raised the bar to new levels with a truly epic Boob Brunch. This November Shannen hosted a Boob Brunch in aid of CoppaFeel! complete with cakes, cocktails and the Pinyata in question. She also raised more than £450 to support our work, which we think is pretty epic. Let's show this lady some love, people! If Shannen has inspired you to get cooking, sign up and order a free Boob Brunch pack here.
Aside from rocking a pink wig like no other, Nikoll is fundraiser extraordinaire. Last October she hosted a ladies night in aid of CoppaFeel! and it's safe to say she smashed it. With a night of pampering, shopping, massages and beauty treatments she raised over £1500 in the name of boobs. Welcome to the Boob Champion hall of fame, Nikoll, we think you're ace!
Ever spotted our boob-checking posters in your shop changing room? You've got Confero Marketing to thank for that. These lovely folk have been on the boob-checking bandwagon since 2015 and have been helping us bring our life-saving message to the masses ever since. They've donated more than £45,000 of media space and put our posters up in branches of Outfit and Miss Selfridge nationwide in a bid to get you lot checking your knockers! We think they're pretty ace. Let's give them a round of applause!
World, meet Katie, Tuesday Boob Champion and absolute hero! Since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, Katie has been on a mission to raise awareness and funds for CoppaFeel! This includes taking on the Great North Run (twice!) and holding a hugely successful Boobie Prize raffle. In the process she's raised over £3000 in the name of boobs, money which will ensure we can get our life-saving, boob-checking message out to the masses! As Katie says, 'If breast cancer is diagnosed early then the person is more likely to survive.' We couldn't agree more, and we want to say a massive thank you to this total legend for helping us make early diagnosis of breast cancer a more likely reality!
Therapy Hair & Beauty
A sure fire way to be crowned Boob Champion is to put your creative skills to good use in the the name of norks. And as this lot prove, if you throw in a heap of glitter, a slow-mo photo booth and some boob covered window-panes - you've got it in the bag. Earlier this month the lovely folk at Therapy Hair & Beauty teamed up with our Uni Boob Team for a week long campaign to bring boob-love to the streets of Bristol. They glittered faces, painted nails, braided hair, made MANY cups of tea and most of all, they talked boobs... in the process raising £2000 to support our work! We think they're absolute LEGENDS. Take. A. Bow.
Sue and the team at Spire!
Shout out to Sue O'Gorman and the teams from Spire Thames Valley and Spire Windsor Clinic who got their glad rags on in the name of norks. In October they took over Pinewood studios for one night only to host a fashion show in aid of CoppaFeel! raising 2.5 grand in the process!! We think they're awesome and very well-deserved boob champs! Let's show them some love!
Cardiff Ladies Rugby Club!
We have a lot of respect for these ladies. Not least because of their dedication to the calendar making cause - this bunch got up at the crack of dawn to strip off in the name of norks. Meet Cardiff Ladies Rugby Club, the only people we know who make naked planking look easy. They've been selling their naked calendar in order to raise money for CoppaFeel! and have so far raised more than £700 to support our work. They've also been nominated for the UK's favourite student naked calendar and made the press in Austria, Australia, Canada, Brazil and Finland, to name just a few! Those are some very famous bums, we're telling you!
Team CoppaFeel! NCS
Since being visited by one of our Boobettes, this lovely bunch have been getting their thinking caps (and boob costumes) on to help us spread our life-saving message. Earlier this month Team CoppaFeel! NCS took to the streets in true boob team style for a bra walk. We think you'll agree they looked pretty great, and we're chuffed that they're on board with the boob-checking revolution!
Georgia, Philly, Lydy, Maddy, Elly, Richard & Maria
We have a theory that the best decisions are made over a few cocktails, and these guys certainly seem to prove the rule. After a few drinks, Georgia and a bunch of her friends and family decided to take on their first ever half marathon. And in September they took to the streets of Cheltenham to take on 13.1miles in the name of norks. Not only did they smash the run (and look pretty great doing it!) they've also raised over £1800 for CoppaFeel! That's enough money to allow us to send out 36,000 boob-checking text reminders!! We'd like to congratulate this bunch of lovely humans on their very good decision making skills.
Caroline & The Ben Nevis Conquerors!
Most people would be content with trekking the Great Wall of China. But not this bunch. After taking on our Fabulous Challenge last year, this lot decided they weren't yet ready to hang up their hiking boots. In September their team of nineteen climbed Ben Nevis in the name of knockers, raising over £3000 in the process. Here they are looking deservedly triumphant at the summit. Let's show them some love, people!
Our friend Jason is no stranger to spending some serious time in the saddle. This year he's been getting his lycra on to raise a whole lot of money for CoppaFeel! - cycling from London to Paris this April and taking on Lands End to John O'Groats in September. Why? Jason decided to fundraise in memory of his wife Suzy, who sadly passed away in June 2015. Suzy had dedicated much of her time to supporting and raising funds for charity, having lived with breast cancer for a number of years. We think Jason's cycling adventures payed fitting tribute to her generosity and resolve - not only did he rack up the miles, he has now raised over £2800 to support our work! These funds will help us reach more young people with our life-saving message, ultimately ensuring that more people survive this disease. What a legend. Welcome to the Boob Champion Hall of Fame, Jason! If you want to be a Boob Champion, find out more about how you can raise money for us.
The Happy Ending Team!
These lovely mugs belong to some of our favourite people in the world, the awesome folk at Happy Ending Agency. Not only are they the creative minds that convinced us to turn blue in the name of Festifeel - they also work their butts off every year to curate an exhibition of mind-blowingly good graphic design for our annual House of Vans takeover. Aside from that, they've been known to pull some serious moves on the softball pitch AND are the owners of one of our favourite pups, Indiana Bones. (Note that we don't take bribes for Tuesday Boob Champion status, but IF we did, this face would get you a long way).
World, meet Sarah! As well as being one of the most organised people we know, this powerhouse of a lady is one mighty cog in the Festifeel machine, devoting a bucket load of time and energy into making every year better than the last. And when she's not on production duty, Sarah's in the saddle - last month she hopped on her bike and smashed the Hilly Hundred! Total. Legend.
Royal Parks Runners!
This weekend the almighty #TEAMBOOBS took to some of London's prettiest parks for the Royal Parks Half Marathon. If you spotted a ginormous boob flying by it was one of our awesome team, who smashed the race to raise over £18,000 (aka. one heck of a lot of money) to support our work. All of our runners are absolute legends, but we'd like to give special mentions to the team from MediaCom who turned out in full force to support CoppaFeel! and our very own co-founder Maren, who conquered 13.1miles the morning after Festifeel. That's what we call stamina! Let's give them a round of applause! If you'd like to #GetABoobOn with us next year, you can sign up for 2017 here!
The Summer Boob Tour Massive!
Every year we dust down the Boob Cube and take our message out to festival fields across the UK in a bid to get young people across the country talking about and checking their boobs! And we couldn't do it without the crack team of volunteers who man the boob cube and show out in full force, rain or shine. So here's an almighty boob salute everyone who helped make this year's festival season such an epic one!
The Hilly Hundred Cyclists!
What happens when you mix 45 cyclists, The Eden Project, hundreds of hills and a lot of boob love? Boob Champions are born, that's what. Today's Tuesday Boob Champions are our bloomin' awesome Hilly Hundred Cyclists who took on some of Cornwall's toughest inclines to raise money in the name of boobs! Whether they took on 100km or 100miles, this lot (and their padded shorts) deserve some serious respect. We'd also like to say a massive thanks to the lovely folk at Eden for making this happen! Let's show them some love!
Coastal Fondle Cyclists!
We'd be tempted to award this lot Boob Champion status for their t-shirts alone, but in truth, they've done much more than demonstrate their sartorial prowess. At the beginning of the month the Coastal Fondle Team (with our good mate Rob at the helm) set off on a 175km bike ride around the East Anglian coast, cycling from Felixstowe to Kings Lynn to raise more than £1500 for CoppaFeel! Their money will ensure we can reach more young people with our life-saving message, helping make late-diagnosis of breast cancer a thing of the past. Pretty epic, huh? Let's show them some love!
Say hello to a pretty legendary bunch! Our friends at Paul Mitchell have been on the boob-loving bandwagon for years, from supporting Festifeel to sponsoring our Uni Boob Teams and fundraising in their salons - they've been a pretty busy bunch! We think their superstar status deserves some recognition, so this week we're crowning them Boob Champions. Take a bow, folks!
Our UBT Leaders!
Over the last 2 weeks we've had the pleasure of training up our newest squad of Uni Boob Team leaders, and what a crew they are! This bunch of Boob Champions will be taking to campuses across the UK to help us spread our life saving message, getting their classmates talking about and checking their boobs, and spreading a lot of fun in the process! From what we've seen so far they're a pretty talented and creative-minded bunch, and we can't wait to see what this year has in store for them! If you want to join the Uni-Boob-Loving bandwagon, find out more and apply here!
Amy, Sian & Vicky!
Carrier bags sometimes get a bad rep but this week's Tuesday Boob Champions have proven that they can have uses more life-changing than carrying your milk. The awesome people Yours Clothing have been donating the proceeds from the sale of their carrier bags to CoppaFeel! and have raised more than £20,000 in less than a year! Phenomenal work. Let's all take a moment to appreciate how great they are.
The Fabulous Challenge Trekkers!
It's hard to know where to begin when listing the virtues of today's Tuesday Boob Champs, but we'll start with their propensity for glitter wearing, an extraordinary ability to withstand blisters and their absolutely phenomenal fundraising abilities. In case you missed it, last week this lot trekked 60km of Iceland's most rugged terrain with Boob Chief Kris and team captains Chloe Madeley and Vicky Pattison at the helm. Not only did they endure -10 conditions and serious foot pain, they smashed the trek and raised more than £160,000 to support our life-saving work. We couldn't be more proud. Let's give them an almighty boob salute!
This lot have taken creative fundraising to a new level - did someone say kamikaze egg hunt? Yeah, actually, they did. That's just one of the ways Team Tennet have helped raise more than £3000 to support our work (they've also walked 35 miles from Staithes to Scarborough, held 4 dress down days and potentially invented the concept of a lottery tree). Why? After one of their colleagues was diagnosed with breast cancer, they decided they wanted to give something back. Total heroes. Let's show them some love, people!
We love cha-cha-chas almost as much as we love cha-chas (trumped only by making bad puns) so when today's Boob Champion decided to throw a Strictly Come Dancing style fundraiser in aid of us, we were pretty enamoured with the idea. Kate runs a dance academy and last month hosted Strictly Daventry in aid of us and another charity. Not only did the evening pay serious dues to sequins, they raised over £2343.40 in total for CoppaFeel! - money which will help us ensure late diagnosis of breast cancer becomes a thing of the past. We reckon that deserves a 10!
A Glaswegian Bunch of Boobs!
Last month our Boobette Sam and a bunch of her mates (shout out to Tracey, Lyanna, Louise, Christine, Christine , Stephanie, Nicole, Debbie, Marion, Elaine , Janet, & Helen... phew!) took to the streets of Glasgow to run 10k in the name of boobs. They smashed their target and raised a phenomenal £1450, money which will ensure we can send more Boobettes like Sam into schools and workplaces across the country to spread our life-saving message. We think that's pretty rad. Let's give them a boob salute, people!
The Billings Family!
The Ladies Circle!
We love birthdays, and this lot recently celebrated a preetty big one. Today's Boob Champions threw a party last month to celebrate 80 years of the Ladies Circle, an organisation for young women aged 18-45 who want to give something back to their local community. Pretty cool, huh? What's even cooler is that they raised more than £4500 to support our work, meaning we can reach even more young people with our life-saving message. We've got a lot of time for that, let's show them some love!
Meet Mark - triathlete and all round top fella. Mark's wife Lindsay was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, after discovering a lump in her breast. Lindsay's cancer was caught at it's earliest stage - meaning that after a tough few months of treatment, she is now back to good health. So Mark decided that he wanted to do "something small" to help other women in a similar situation, and this month he took on the Windsor Triathlon in aid of CoppaFeel! and Macmillan. In the process he raised £1275, money which will help us ensure that all breast cancers are diagnosed at their earliest stage, when treatments are more effective and survival rates are higher. We'd argue that that's not so small. Let's give Mark a boob salute, people!
The Institute of Promotional Marketing
We've got a lot of love for this week's boob champions. As well as certifying our Uni Boob Team programme, these people also pull out all the stops to fundraise for us at their annual awards show. And this year was no exception. Last Tuesday the best brains in marketing got together for a night of awards, fundraising and bra pong. We've got to give it to them, they nailed it, raising more than £10,000 to support our work. Pretty epic, huh? We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone at the IPM who helped to organise the event and all who attended and donated! You total legends.
It never fails to amaze us when we see the lengths our supporters go to to fundraise. And this week's Boob Champ is no exception. Meet David, Tuesday Boob Champion and party planner extraordinaire. After his friend Sile completed her treatment for breast cancer, David decided to do something for the boob-loving cause, and the CoppaFeel! ball was born. With a set from Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid and a guest appearance from Courteney Cox (Courteney Cox!!) the evening was a phenomenal success. Best of all? They raised over £30,000 - money which will ensure we can educate more young people about the risks of breast cancer and save more lives. David, you're a legend! (Please you can organise our christmas party?)
Sue and Bob!
This is what Boob Champions look like. This is also what regular givers look like. Meet Sue and Bob. They donate to CoppaFeel! each month. Why? Because they believe that all breast cancers should be diagnosed at their earliest stage, when treatments are more effective and survival rates are higher. And they want to help us make that a reality. Donating just £2 a month will allow us to send out 40 life-saving reminder texts and £10 provides an awareness pack full of educational materials. And the best bit? You too can be awesome as Bob and Sue - find out more about regular giving!
Bekki, Debs & Jess!
This week's boob champions are a pretty awesome lot, who also know how to throw a great party (just our kind of people, then). In February Bekki, Debs and Jess organised a Casino Royale themed ball in aid of CoppaFeel!, Pancreatic Cancer UK & Target Ovarian Cancer. The evening was held in memory of their cousin Melanie, who they had sadly lost to secondary Breast Cancer in 2014. We think it's a pretty great way to be remembered. Not only was the night a total success, the ball raised more than £3150 for our charity, money which will help us continue in our mission to end late-diagnosis of breast cancer. Let's give these ladies a boob salute!
The Big C(hampions)
It's a well known fact that we love festivals. And if there's one thing we love as much as a festival it's a boob challenge. That means the Big C Festival is right up our street. Every year our Boobette Rachel and a bunch of her mates get together to hold a charity triathlon, followed by a a line-up of epic music and some serious BBQ food in aid of us and three ace charities. Not only do they seriously know how to throw a party, they also raised £9,537.70 to support a load of great causes (and that includes boobs). Pretty phenomenal, eh? Hats off to the Big C crew, today's Tuesday Boob Champs.
The Hackney Heroes
Remember that weekend, the one before last, when the weather in Britain was hotter than it was in Barbados (shout out to the Daily Mail for the headline)? You probably spent it in the park/ beer garden/ beach. But not these guys, no sireee, they champed it out and ran the Hackney Half Marathon on one of the hottest days of the year, in order to raise funds to support our work. Not only did they raise more than £800 between them, they also ran the whole 13.1miles in boob costumes. Sweaty boob costumes. We're VERY impressed, let's show them some love, people!
Boobs on Bikes!
Meet Cardiff Uni Boob Team, Pinnacle Lettings and LetMC, a super crew known for going above and beyond in the name of boobs. They've pulled out all the stops once more, this time cycling more than 100 miles and climbing 9000ft across West Wales to raise money for CoppaFeel! Despite enduring solid rain for the first 38 miles and more than a few mechanical issues along the way, they put their glutes to the test and reigned victorious. Oh, and there's the small matter of raising £2147 in the process. Seriously impressive stuff. If you're feeling inspired to whip out the lycra, find out how you can bike for boobs here!
Our London Marathon Champions!
Brighton & Plymouth Marathon Runners!
The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Derrick Wess
Meet Derrick, part man, part machine (probably mostly machine). So far this year he's run the Bath half, taken on a Swimathon and smashed the intimidatingly titled "The Suffering" obstacle course. But that's not all. All this year Derrick is taking on challenges to raise funds and awareness for CoppaFeel! This month alone he's running the Old Skool Mud Run, the Spartan Sprint, the Manchester Marathon, Brighton Marathon AND a tough mudder. Our calves ache in sympathy. Derrick, you are a true Boob Champion: we take our hats off to you!
Meet Becky! Becky is one of our Boobettes and today she is also our Tuesday Boob Champion! In 2013, Becky was diagnosed with breast cancer, at the age of 25. For the last year she has represented CoppaFeel! - sharing her story and giving talks in her community in South Wales, all with the aim of getting you lot to check your boobs. This Saturday she even turned down her invite to our epic annual volunteer awards in order to give a Boobette talk, educating more than 100 people on the art of boob love. That's what we call dedication. Let's have a boob salute for Becky, people!
Edinburgh & Queen Margaret’s Uni Boob Teams
At the start of the month our Edinburgh Uni Boob Teams got together to take on the streets of the Scottish capital in the name of boobs! The students from Queen Margarets and Edinburgh Universities took on 5k (and one half marathon - shout out to Mike!) and raised over £600 whilst wearing some of the pertest boobs we've seen in a long time. Let's have a round of applause for that!
The Liverpool Uni Runners!
See these ladies? They're what total champions look like. Two weeks ago they took on 13.1 miles of Liverpool's toughest terrain to raise more than £1500 for us. On top of that they've been fundraising all year round with the Liverpool Athletics Union to raise money to support our work. Impressive stuff! Let's give it up for our Tuesday Boob Champions!🏽
The Bath Half Champions!
There are lots of things that make life at Boob HQ pretty awesome (the office fancy dress box, for example), but there are few things greater than watching an army of boob-clad runners take to the streets to support what we do. Which is exactly what happened this weekend, when #TEAMBOOBS hit the west-country's prettiest streets for the Bath Half. With the sun beating down on them, more than 60 runners took on 13.1 miles and won, raising a phenomenal sum of more than £23,700 between them. Did we mention that most of them were attached to a ginormous boob (or 5). Yep, we'd say this lot are well-deserved boob champions. Check out the photos from the day here, and if you think you'd like to #GetABoobOn in 2017, for one week only you can nab an early-bird entry for £1.
Uni Boob Team Keele
We're still reeling from the aftermath of one EPIC boob week as Uni Boob Teams across the country took to their campuses to spread boob-love and raise money. All our teams were phenomenal, but one team deserves a special mention for services to all things uni and boob. Say hello to our Tuesday Boob Champions, Keele Uni Boob Team. Last week they raised over £1000 in one night by throwing a UV party in the name of boobs. Did we mention they've been helping us spread our boob-loving message all year? Total. Legends.
The Atte Huskyteers
Next month the Atte Huskyteers will be flying out to Norway to take on a six day adventure to Sweden, traversing a barren arctic landscape, enduring temperatures as low as - 30° and manning a team of Husky dogs along the way. In between rigorous training and polar bear encounters they've thrown heaps of fundraising events including a 50 mile night cycle challenge, a car wash, fashion show and an Arctic ball... raising over £100,000 for us and three other brilliant charities. If you're as impressed as we are, put your money where your mouth is and donate to their page here.
Hans, Fanny, Klaus, Madonna & Nile
Today's Tuesday Boob Champions could only be our unbelievable Boob Ball hosts Klaus Bitberger, Madonna Kebab, Nile Dodgers, Fanny McFane & Austrian Hans aka. DISCO Dodgeball and Legs Akimbo. For services to disco, funk, soul, glitter and BOOBS everywhere, we take our hats off to you!
Cie & her puppies
Kathy & the Calendar Girls
After being diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 28, today's Boob Champion decided she wanted to do something awesome for CoppaFeel! It's safe to say that she managed it. Kathy's extensive list of achievements includes hosting a boob fancy dress party, holding a boobie bake sale, teaming up with her pals to create an epic calendar and selling christmas cards in aid of us. Did we mention that she's raised over £1300 in the process? Let's all take a moment to contemplate that. Kathy, you're a legend.
Alex Tracey & Swinton Insurance
Give a boob salute to our Tuesday Boob Champions, Alex Tracey and the fabulous team at Swinton Insurance. Along with colleague (and Boobette) Alex Jones, the team held a fundraising day dedicated to three of our favourite things (that's coffee, cake and boobs, FYI) to raise more than £2,000 to support our life-saving work. Legends!
Lee & Gav
Introducing Lee & Gav, today's Tuesday Boob Champions. After Lee's wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, these two strapped into the saddle to take on the Coast to Coast challenge in aid of us. These guys have raised more than £500 already, which we think is more than worth a sore bum or two. Take a bow, fellas!
Boob Champs of the year!
Before 2015 comes to a close, all that's left to say is a HUGE thank you to all the boob champions who have made 2015 EPIC. It goes without saying that we couldn't do any of the amazing work we do without your support. Whether you've baked boob shaped cakes for us, run/ danced/ swam/ bungee jumped/ trampolined for us, donned a ginormous boob, become a monthly donor or run a marathon... whatever you've done, big or small, we want to you to know that it means the world to our team . Thank you for getting involved, thank you for believing in our message and our work, thank you for helping us do what we do best! You are all boob legends. Now, give yourselves a pat on the back.
Aberystwyth Uni Boob Team
Today's Boob Champions have earned their crown for outstanding services to all things Uni and Boob. Meet The Tinkled Pink Society (Aberystwyth's branch of the Uni Boob Team). In just one semester at Uni they've raised more than £2709 for ourselves and Breast Cancer Care. How? By selling a naked calendar, hosting a boob ball tournament and throwing a Glitter party. Yep, you heard, a GLITTER PARTY. Phenomenal work, team!
The legendary RAF Northolt
These guys have well and truly earned their Tuesday Boob Champion crowns. Meet RAF Northolt. Last week they bossed a bleep test marathon in aid of us, each running the equivalent of a half marathon over a 12 hour period. If you still get a feeling of dread remembering that time in PE class you had to do the bleep test, you'll appreciate what a mean feat that is. What's even more impressive is that they've raised over £1700 to support our work. Legends. Give them a round of applause, people!
The Next Crew
This week's champions love boobs (and bras) almost as much as we do. Today the ladies from Next (including Keely and Hannah pictured here) held a Bra Fitting at their head office to mark the start of our #BraHijack campaign launching in their stores in 2016. They spent the afternoon chatting boobs and collecting funds to support our work. Oh, and they're running the Bath Half for us this March. Yep.... Boob Champions through and through. If you're as impressed as we are and think you'd also like to #GetABoobOn for us, you can sign up to run here.
Rebecca and Spen
These absolute legends are the brains behind The Great Mewstone Paddle. Taking place this summer, the event involved swimmers, kayakers and paddle-boarders taking to the waves and completing a 3 mile course, all in the name of boobs. Not only did Rebecca and Spen manage to convince the masses to brave the (cold) Plymouth sea, they raised over £3500 in aid of two charities, Chesnut Appeal and ourselves. We think they're pretty awesome!
Uni Boob Team Leeds
Meet our Leeds Uni Boob Team, as well as fighting for the boob-loving cause on campus, these ladies have been getting their Mo on (...and their boobs on) to tackle the Leeds Mo Run and raise money to support our life-saving work. They smashed the race AND raised over a thousand pounds between them. We think that's deserving of Boob Champion status. GO TEAM!
How much money can you raise by auctioning off a load of pants? Well over £10,000 if you're our mate Heather, who last week did just that, auctioning off knickers from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Nick Grimshaw and Tom Daley to raise funds to support our life-saving work. As well as being a solid supporter of CoppaFeel!, and throwing an epic party, Heather created this (excellently titled) video to remind you lot to Check Yourself, Don't Wreck Yourself. What a legend.
We love a party, especially one that involves good food and a big bunch of our mates. So does our Tuesday Boob Champion, the lovely Camilla, who recently raised over £8000 by throwing a party for all of her friends. Why? Camila had breast cancer and wanted to do something great for CoppaFeel! We think that's very cool.
Sarah Outen MBE!
This week's Boob Champion could only be seafaring-champion, adventure-lover, CoppaFeel! patron and utter LEGEND Sarah Outen. 1676 days ago (that's four and a half years, maths lovers) Sarah embarked on an expedition of epic proportions: London 2 London: Via The World. Today she arrived back at Tower Bridge having cycled, kayaked and rowed around the Northern Hemisphere in aid of us and three other great charities. We can't begin to put in to words how proud we are of the mind-boggling feat Sarah has achieved! Let's have a huge round of applause, people! And if you're as impressed as we are, donate to Sarah's fundraising page here.
The Great North Runners
Wayay pet! Today's Tuesday Boob Champions are the Geordie heroes who smashed the Great North Run last month in aid of us! If you fancy getting a boob on and taking on the toon in aid of us, you've got 11 months to get in shape for next years race. Sign up now and nab a limited early bird entry!
Royal Parks Runners
Today's Tuesday Boob Champions are the epic lot who took on the Royal Parks Half marathon this weekend in aid of us. Together with a teams from our mates at John lewis and Figleaves, the group have already raised more than £10,000. If you've been inspired to #GetABoobOn, sign up to jog for jugs! We've got races all across the country.
This week's Boob Champion is a long-serving CoppaFeel! supporter. Dianne has known Kris & Maren since their school-days (she used to teach them art!) and over the last six years has raised over £2000 for us. How? Along with her mate Jackie and husband Anthony, Dianne holds open days at her home, selling her art wares and inviting people in for tea and cake. What a legend. Without people like Diane, CoppaFeel! simply couldn't exist. If you'd also like to support our life-saving work, donate at https://coppafeel.org/give/
The Pink Bearded Blokes
It never ceases to amaze us what you lot get up to whilst donning the boob. This week's Tuesday Boob Champion Rachael raised the bar once more by rocking the boob whilst pulling some epic ski tricks, raising £200 for us in the process. Check out Rachael (and her equally cool mates) in action.
Steve & Friends
What makes a Tuesday Boob Champion? A love of boobs? Sure. A knack for raising a lot of money? Of course. The ability to play darts for 12 hours straight? We guess so! This week's champions tick all the boxes. This March Steve Lane and his friends held a darts marathon in aid of CoppaFeel! Not only did they manage to stay standing throughout, they also raised over £2000 for us. Now that's a bullseye! Hats off to you gentlemen!
Rachel & The Big C Festival
Of all the things we love here at Boob HQ, Festivals come pretty high up the list (boob-checking takes the top spot of course), and this week's Tuesday Boob Champion is a kindred spirit. Meet Rachel, Boobette, Boob Champ and part-time Festival organiser. Rachel and her mates organise The Big C Festival in Croyde and we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who turned out and ran, swam, cycled, paddled and danced the day away, raising £2000 for CoppaFeel! in the process! Take a bow!
Meet Devon, today's Tuesday Boob Champion and all round boob hero. Three months ago Devon was diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer - at the age of 36. Knowing she'd be having chemotherapy, Devon decided to shave her head and document the process online, 'for your amusement'. In the process she's raised a magnificent total of more than £4,300, funds that allow us to continue our life-saving work. Devon, you're a legend, we can't thank you enough! Read her moving (and amusing) story here.
John Lewis Ladies
After hearing Kris speak at their office, today's Tuesday Boob Champions were inspired to 'do something a little more kick ass than turning up for work every day!'. And they did just that! Alison, Jill, Kristin, Michelle and Sue hijacked John Lewis HQ with boob-love, bake sales and collections, and even roped two of their senior leadership team into donning The Boob. Did we mention they also ran a 5k in their costumes? So far they've raised almost £1500 to support our work. Ladies, we salute you!
Meet Jeanette, Mayor of Witney and utter boob hero. With the help of her community Jeanette has raised more than £5000 for CoppaFeel! How? By hosting a Christmas wonderland, fundraising with local groups including the West Oxfordshire Academy of Performing Arts and holding the Mayor's Charity Event. Here she is with Boobette and friend Nathalie! We are so thrilled to benefit from all Jeanette's hard work and would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone involved. Take a bow!
Let's have a round of applause for today's Tuesday Boob Champion, Boobette Aimi! As well as helping us spread boob-love across Scotland, this lady also knows how to throw a seriously good party. Last month she raised over £1100 in ONE night of food, fun and... psychic activity. Yep, that's right. Aimi held a night with a medium to help raise funds for fellow Boobette Rachel's Fabulous Challenge Trek later this year! What a hero.
Last March at age 36 Caroline was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two weeks ago (less than eight months after finishing chemotherapy) Caroline took on the Human Race Triathlon, a gruelling 800m open water swim, 31.8km cycle and 7.5km run. She has raised over £4000 in the process, an incredible sum that will be split between three brilliant charities, one of which is us! We can't say thank you enough, or think of a more deserved boob champ. Caroline, you're an utter legend!
This week's Tuesday Boob Champion loves a challenge, so much so that she's taken on a different one every month for the last 10 months. Meet Charlotte, a lady whose Herculean list of tasks includes having run a marathon, rocked a moustache all November, crocheted a huge boob, worn a wedding dress every day throughout June and, most recently, completed a Wing Walk. Phew.
This week's Tuesday Boob Champion is one multi-talented lady. Meet Amanda, Boobette, long-distance swimmer and fundraiser extraordinaire. Amanda raised more than £1500 for us by jumping into a (freezing cold) lake and swimming across it. And it wasn't just any old lake, it was the bloomin' massive Lake Windermere. This lady is an absolute trooper - we couldn't think of a more worthy Boob Champion!