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Letter to the Editor: BBC star backs ovarian cancer appeal

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Dear Editor,  

Did you know that over 7,000 women – mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmas, aunties, nieces, cousins, friends – are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year?  

One of those women was my mother, actress Marjie Lawrence. We lost her in 2010 when she died of ovarian cancer, just three weeks after her diagnosis.  

Receiving an ovarian cancer diagnosis is devastating. The latest research from the charity Target Ovarian Cancer revealed that over half the women diagnosed struggle with their mental health as a result. Despite this, there is a desperate lack of support and information available – from the moment of diagnosis, throughout treatment, and beyond into recovery and adjustment back to everyday life. 

This is not acceptable. Women are left feeling lost, scared, and unsure where to turn.  

That’s why I am writing to you today to ask for your help.  

Target Ovarian Cancer aims to look after every area of life for a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This includes providing a nurse-led support line and group events where women can access crucial information and vital support. The charity also produces information guides and tools to empower women with knowledge – helping them to take control of their health. 

These essential tools need urgent funding.   

From midday Wednesday 11th October to midday Wednesday 18th October, there’s a fantastic opportunity to raise these funds when Target Ovarian Cancer teams up with THE BIG GIVE APPEAL to raise up to £20,000! EVERY donation made will be matched, so it will have DOUBLE the impact. Donate £5, and it will raise £10. Donate £50 and it will raise £100.  

Target Ovarian Cancer is there for everyone affected by ovarian cancer, any time they need it. Through Target Ovarian Cancer and The Big Give, more women living with ovarian cancer will be able to receive invaluable support and information – absolutely essential for the best possible outcomes.  

To make a donation and have it doubled, please visit: targetovariancancer.org.uk/biggive 

With best wishes,  

Sarah Greene     

Honorary Patron at Target Ovarian Cancer and presenter on BBC1’s The Finish Line  

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