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City College Encourages Students to CoppaFeel!
As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, City College welcomed breast cancer charity Coppafeel! to talk to students about the importance of ‘copping a feel’. CoppaFeel! delivered sessions to students and staff as part of their ‘Boobette’ campaign, which focuses on driving breast cancer awareness.
The ‘Boobettes’ are a group of young women under the age of 35 who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, have had a scare or a strong connection to the disease. Using their stories, they inspire other people to think differently about their lives and bodies, educating them and making sure that checking their breasts and pecks becomes a life-long habit. These talks provide the opportunity to talk light-heartedly, yet frankly about an issue that is often considered private or taboo.
Jeanette Harvey, City College’s Student Liaison Assistant and organiser of the event said: “Breast awareness is now more important than ever as unfortunately most people will know or know of someone with breast cancer. Talks like the ones from the ‘Boobettes’ start the conversation and they educate and empower, helping to reduce the number of fatalities from this disease.
“The ‘Boobettes’ actually popped in a few years ago and we got to hear from Pride of Plymouth winner Laura Plane. She bravely told us her story and really shocked and inspired our students. She sadly lost her fight earlier this year but her attitude and experience continues to inspire others. Laura’s story is the reason why the work the ‘Boobettes’ do is so important. We are so grateful to them for sharing their experiences and proving the benefits of copping a feel.”
Charlotte Beardow-Jones, a proud ‘Boobette’, spoke to the students about the importance of breast awareness, she said: “Getting to know your boobs and pecks is really important, and I am a firm believer that the earlier you start checking for lumps and bumps the more likely you are to keep doing it. Talks like these are so important in raising awareness and even if just one person goes away and checks themselves, or tells their friends about today it makes all the difference. I encourage everyone to feel the boob love!”
To find out more about the ‘Boobettes’ and the work they do visit www.coppafeel.org.
For those interested in joining the College, or for more information on Apprenticeships, full-time study programmes, adult education or university-level courses, there is an Open Day on Saturday 4 November, 10.00am to 1.00pm at Kings Road. Talk to lecturers, tour the facilities and get free and impartial advice. Visit cityplym.ac.uk/events or call 01752 305300 to find out more.