Suffolk Breakthrough hits £1 million target

Volunteers Bonk Tasker, Laura Hudson, Sue Smith, Gina Long and Penny White

Volunteers Bonk Tasker, Laura Hudson, Sue Smith, Gina Long and Penny White

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A charity bike ride is expected to propel a fund-raising campaign group towards a ‘momentous milestone’ tomorrow.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer Suffolk - which became Breast Cancer Now last month after merging with Breast Cancer Campaign - is due to realise its whopping £1 million fund-raising target tomorrow when two of its founding members complete a London to Paris bike ride.

Mark Westley Photography'Walk on Westside Breakthrough Breast Cancer Walk Ickworth Park Horringer. ANL-140515-203714009

Mark Westley Photography'Walk on Westside Breakthrough Breast Cancer Walk Ickworth Park Horringer. ANL-140515-203714009

The ambitious goal - which has helped fund vital research into the disease - was set by five friends who officially launched the charity in January 2001, led by breast cancer sufferer Sally Balch who sadly lost her battle with the disease in 2004.

It has inspired hundreds of fund-raisers, young and old, and countless events throughout Suffolk, including Walk on the Westside, Bury Wacky Races, the Simply the Breast campaign, Hobbs’ arc fashion show and Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction and Ball in West Suffolk alone.

Co-founder Gina Long said: “To have achieved reaching this momentous milestone is a triumphant reflection of the incredible hard work undertaken by so many and the support we have had from the great people of Suffolk and beyond.”

She added: “Sally continues to inspire us and our many amazing supporters who have, without doubt, contributed to making a huge difference in helping the scientists who work so hard each day to find a cure to this wretched disease that has taken too many lives.”

Launch night of the Bury Rugby club calendar for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. ENGANL00120130919085553

Launch night of the Bury Rugby club calendar for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. ENGANL00120130919085553

The generosity of local businesses and people has received much praise from the charity’s longest-serving volunteers.

Penny White said: “My heartfelt thanks to everyone for their continued support, their strength to raise awareness and care for others – they are making a difference for every generation.”

Bonk Tasker said: “Suffolk Breakthrough has always been about the community coming together, having fun and making a difference - it has been both a huge pleasure and privilege to have been a small part of this fantastic journey.”

Competitors in last year's Bury Wacky Races ANL-140906-161228001

Competitors in last year's Bury Wacky Races ANL-140906-161228001