“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
CoppaFeel! ® exists to educate and remind every young person in the UK that checking their boobs isn’t only fun, it could save their life. We are the first breast cancer charity in the UK to create awareness amongst young people, with the aim of instilling a new healthy habit that could one day save their life.
We are a very small team which, collectively, has one almighty big voice. Where we lack in experience and skills, we make up for in determination and valor. We were founded out of a need to right wrongs, and when we hear of more people diagnosed late, or young people dying from this disease, we know there isn’t a more powerful reminder to get up out of bed every morning.
CoppaFeel! is about more than discovering a cancer diagnosis. It’s about empowering ourselves to be proactive about our own health and body, as well as our outlook on life. It’s about knowing your boobs; knowing that if you do find something, you know what to do and if found early, you have many options. Put simply, breast cancer does not need to be detected late, and as long as we are here and continue to be supported by people like you, we will do all we can do make sure this doesn’t continue to happen. We are passionately committed to affecting real change.
What is our purpose?
To help everyone stand the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer by educating you on the importance of getting to know your boobs
What is our action?
- We target young people in their natural habitat, be it at a festival or on their university campuses, we will be there to integrate a life saving message into their lives
- We offer free and easy reminder services; we’re like a friendly bop on the head when you least expect it
- We garner corporate support to co-brand and reach out to new audiences
- We launch captivating, and some times challenging, national awareness campaigns that produce memorable PR
- We organise events that don’t just raise funds, but awareness too
- We enlist young breast cancer survivors to be our voice and create peer-to-peer awareness
- We ask famous faces to help us reach an even wider audience
- We may work with other cancer related organisations to ensure our message, time and funding is as effective as possible
- We work with health professionals and policy makers to give early diagnosis the prominence it needs and deserves
What is our belief?
Too many women, and men, die of breast cancer due to late detection. Currently over 2000 cases are diagnosed at stage 4 each year – there is no stage 5. This is unnecessary.
We strongly believe all young people should be taught about all cancers and how to lead healthy lives from a young age. Which is why we have instigated a campaign to #RETHINKCANCER
How are we different?
- We are proactive – learning healthy good habits when you are young can help you in years to come
- Awareness is at the core of our operation
We are a registered charity in England and Wales (no. 1132366) and Scotland (SC045970), which was set up in 2009 with the following objectives as stated in the Memorandum and Articles of Association:
- To promote understanding of breast cancer through education and awareness
- To organise events and activities to generate income for charitable aims
- To cooperate with other organisations to achieve common goals in synergy with our aims
What happens at 23? Well, if you’re lucky, seeing a bit of the world, boozing with mates and a whole load of carefree fun. And if you’re less lucky? Breast cancer. Which is precisely what happened to Kris in 2009.
Nat is the mastermind captaining the CoppaFeel! ship. She has a knack for turning stats into strategies, and can often be found elbows deep in research papers trying to work out what makes the boob-checking population of Britain tick. Nat is also the driving force behind our biggest marketing campaigns, working with our brand partners and creative agencies to shout CoppaFeel!'s boob-loving message from the rooftops (or, more accurately, billboards, cinema screens, magazines and bra labels). No challenge is too big for Nat - when not at Boob HQ, our terrarium loving Boob Captain moonlights as a Yoga Teacher and can be found teaching dachshunds to downward dog.
KrisFounder & Ambassador
Not to brag, but Kris is a pretty big name in the boob-checking world. Since founding CoppaFeel! in 2009, Kris has been working her butt off to get young people talking about and checking their boobs. As well founding CoppaFeel!, Kris is events planner extraordinaire and knows how to throw a banging party - our sell-out festival, Festifeel, is case in point. When not at Boob HQ, Kris can easily be spotted in a chunky knit or her signature pom-pom slippers and will probably be found at home in Cornwall baking the worlds healthiest cake, stretching it out at pilates or cosying up with her feline friend Wilhelm.
Maren has been helping sail the CoppaFeel! ship since day one, and in that time her roles have included design whizz, fundraising chief, events manager and festivals co-ordinator. When Maren isn't dressed in lycra cycling up a mountain or taking on (another) half marathon in the name of boobs, she's at home in Cornwall tending to her veg patch. In Autumn 2016 Maren took a step back from her role as Director of Business Development to spend more time in the sunny south-west with her dog Rambo and husband Graham. But you'll still see her at our events, covered in glitter and cheering on our supporters from the sidelines!
HenriettaDirector of Business Support
Hen is the lady who makes sure the boob-world stays turning. Got questions about governance, financials, legal stuff? Hen's your woman. As well as being the source of serious boob-wisdom, Hen is the clipboard wielding mother of the group and could win a tea drinking competition with her eyes closed. She and her husband used to have to deal with naughty monkeys stealing food from their kitchen in South Africa, so she can pretty much deal with anything. And if she can't, a cup of tea can.
SophieDirector of Education & Health Comms
Sophie works across our education projects to make sure the right messages are being heard by the right people - working with doctors, primary care practitioners, teachers and politicians to try and put boob-checking at the top of the agenda. Sophie's also the lady behind our kick-ass collective of Boobettes and ALWAYS gets the 'stripy tops to work' memo - we can only assume is because she lived in Paris for a bit. When not at HQ can be found skateboarding, baking or seeking out the best brunch spots in East London.
SinéadSocial Media & Uni Boob Team Manager
Sinéad is the brains behind our social media and the go-to person for our Digital Boob Team and student ambassadors; the Uni Boob Team. She's also our in-house design whizz and therefore spends a lot of time photoshopping boob-related images and googling pictures of puppies, all in the name of research, of course. When she's not busy thinking up boob puns for Instagram, she'll either be doing pilates, on the sofa in front of a scandi-crime drama or trying to befriend dogs in Victoria Park.
KirstyFundraising Campaigns Manager
Kirsty joined the team at Boob Towers after working on the 2016 London Marathon and has been working her fundraising magic ever since! She looks after our biggest fundraising campaigns - from Boob Brunch to regular giving, Kirsty's got it in the bag. Fun facts about Kirsty: she loves yoga, her favourite fruit is mango, and if she could travel back to any period in time, she'd choose the Tudor period! Although to be honest, we're pretty glad she's here right now.
Daisy is our Admin Assistant and helps us ensure the Boob world goes round. If you've ever received a parcel from us embellished with some rather attractive doodles, you have Daisy to thank (she's got an art degree, don't ya know?). When Daisy's not getting Boob HQ into ship shape, she can be found sniffing out the best thrift shop bargains - a very enviable talent, we think you'll agree.
Lucinda is the lady who looks after our awesome squad of ambassadors, the Boobettes. Since joining CoppaFeel! in 2017 she has been putting her organisational prowess to good use to ensure our Boobettes' stories are being heard in schools and offices across the country. To use a Lord of The Rings metaphor, Lucinda is basically the Gandalf to the Boobettes' Frodo. When not at Boob HQ, Lucinda is most likely to be found getting her game on the tennis court, probably with her lucky mascot (a little penguin called Joey Tribiani) in tow.
EllieEvents & Fundraising Officer
Ellie is our Events and Fundraising officer aka. the only person you want to talk to if you're taking on a Boob Challenge! When she's not supporting our amazing fundraisers or checking out new events for the calendar, she's likely to be planning her next trip to the slopes (fittingly, Ellie is pretty sporty and basically a pro when it comes to skiing - our words, not hers). If Ellie could have any superpower it would be the ability to conjure up any dish that came to mind just by thinking about it, which, when we think about it, is probably the only power worth having.
GeorgetteVideo Content Creator
Aside from being one of the funniest people you'll ever meet, Georgette is also the creative genius behind some of CoppaFeel!'s best video content. Previous Summer Boob Tour Manager and future Prime-Minister, Georgette makes up the Swedish constituent of our team, having recently moved to Stockholm. She also knows Little Mix’s back catalogue better than you know the back of your hand, we guarantee it.
Jamie is our Marketing Guru and Chair of the Board. "I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been involved in CoppaFeel! from the very first meeting around a table at Kris and Maren's mum's house. Since then, I have seen the charity grow from the idea of a very small team of dedicated people to what I consider the best bloomin' charity in the UK. I'm proud to sit as chair of an amazingly talented and handsome board (see pics around me) and together we are committed to ensuring CoppaFeel! power on in the quest to help wipe out late detection of this stupid disease."
Simon is a very important chap at IBM. "I first saw Kris on TV receiving her Pride of Britain award whilst I was living up a Swiss mountain and felt compelled to get in touch & involved. CoppaFeel! is unique - it punches way above its weight, reaching its demographic in fun and innovative ways to raise awareness and save lives. The team are a very special bunch who care about delivering a serious message in ways that never cease to surprise & amaze and being part of it, and our cause, is something very dear to me. Plus they always have cake at the Trustee meetings. Just saying."
Kate is the CEO of CLIC Sargent (aka. a very important lady). "I feel very lucky and honoured to be a trustee of CoppaFeel!. I have worked with loads of charities over lots of years and this one really is very special. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 30, having had a lump for over a year and being told by her GP all women get lumps and bumps and not to worry! I know she would be proud of my involvement with such an amazing organisation. I feel like I bring mother hen qualities to our board and ask the boring questions like "did we risk assess that?” (someone needs to be boring round here!)"
Rachel is a doctor, don’t ya know. "I’m a junior doctor so I try to bring medical insight to the team, not just the medicine but the actual practicalities of what CoppaFeel! is trying to achieve for the great British public. We want people to know their boobies because early detection whether that be in the incredibly unlucky 20somethings or the unlucky but unfortunately common 50somethings, it really is the way to beat this cruel disease. So know your boobies now, in the future and always; coppin' a feel needs to be a life long habit!"
Steve is the board of Trustee's official Marketing God. "CoppaFeel! is an organisation that I feel incredibly close to. They have an attitude and a drive that I respect and admire. It's what makes them different. And I'm honoured to be their trustee." Steve aka Marketing God has supported us since our humble beginnings when he used to head up the successful creative agency Archibald Ingall Stretton. He has helped us mastermind some of our boldest, most creative awareness campaigns since then and we’re very lucky to have his expertise and input on our trustee board.