The ‘brest’ of friends

4911001 SSFF maggies calendar 'L - R: Jay Pettigrew, Suzanne Milligan, Ruth McCabe (Centre Head), Kay Simpson, Elaine Kirk - some of the ladies in the Brest Friends Calendar for 2012 - at Maggie's Centre, Kirkcaldy
4911001 SSFF maggies calendar 'L - R: Jay Pettigrew, Suzanne Milligan, Ruth McCabe (Centre Head), Kay Simpson, Elaine Kirk - some of the ladies in the Brest Friends Calendar for 2012 - at Maggie's Centre, Kirkcaldy
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a SUPPORT group for women diagnosed with breast cancer has produced a ‘Calendar Girls’ style calendar to raise money for our Maggie’s Centre.

Members of Brest Friends, a cancer networking group which holds its monthly meetings in the centre, have modelled in the 2012 planner to raise funds for Maggie’s Fife.

The models are all currently recovering from breast cancer or undergoing treatment, and Ruth McCabe, centre head, who helps facilitate the group, also volunteered to be a model.

The idea came from a similar venture to raise funds for Maggie’s Fife last year in which a group of friends from a local aquaerobics club got together for the tribute in memory of one of their group, Ada Ramage. Some of the Brest Friends members bought the calendar, which led to them deciding to do one themselves.

Kay Simpson (48), from Kirkcaldy said: “We all just thought it was such a good idea and everyone contributed in their own way – some people did the organising and others modelled. It was our way of saying thank you to Maggie’s for everything it has done to support us all.”

Kay was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and joined the Brest Friends in July that year.

She said: “It gave me friendship and an opportunity to meet others who have been through a similar experience.

‘‘It’s great to have others there to just listen and understand what you are going through.’’

Elaine Kirk (45), from Windygates, added: “We have had so much fun and have been overwhelmed by the support. Experiencing cancer is very traumatic but knowing that you can meet and form a special bond with others who have been through it too is comforting.’’

The group hopes to raise £7500, and would like to thank Susan Jamieson breast care nurse, Ruth from Maggie’s, Laura for make up, Lorraine Powell for hair styling, Deborah Dickson for photography, Lisa Bradley, Barr Printers, Winterhouse Design and all their sponsors.

Tu Edwards, Maggie’s community fundraiser said: “Producing this calendar, and it really goes to show how they have regained their confidence by modelling.”