The best times involve both tears and laughter whenever the Pool of Life ladies get together. A night at the Burney Breast Unit’s bi-annual fundraiser was one such evening. Held at the Saint’s rugby ground, a fashion show saw dozens of breast cancer survivors strutting their stuff on the cat-walk, and many more supporters cheering on their loved ones.
The brainchild of the unit’s chief consultant, Miss Leena Chagla, and hosted by Radio Merseyside’s Lynda McDermott, guests feasted on a bevy of beautiful brides, glamorous gowns and even a choreographed routine from “Liverpool’s version of Hawaii 5-0”.
Pool of Life ladies were at the event to raise awareness of our unique support group, displaying photographs, medals and paddling equipment via a promotional stand and generally spreading the word about our activities. Dressed in race tops, the PoL ladies made a striking addition to the room, and even matched the colour scheme chosen by Lynda’s fellow host, Pauline Daniels.
Ms Daniels, who announced her intention to marry the ‘love of her life’ Frank in May 2017, is a fellow survivor and was open about her own breast cancer journey. Looking radiant in an LK Bennett dress, she brought the house down with her stand-up routine, and took the time to chat with several PoL members. Naturally, we invited her to come and paddle with us, but her listeners on a Sunday morning would miss her radio show too much. We left her assured that, like everyone affected by breast cancer, she would always get a warm welcome, should she ever wish to visit the Pool of Life family.