March has come to an end and what a month it has been! Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters for taking action and raising awareness and vital funds for our research. Here the Ovarian Cancer Action team share some of their highlights...
"Taking part in our own Team OCA Walk In Her Name with our fantastic team, Voices, scientists and supporters was definitely a highlight. It made me feel proud and humble, and I was thrilled that my own family and friends joined us too. I also enjoyed helping to give ovarian cancer the attention it deserves in press interviews – the awareness month is a fantastic opportunity to get our messages out there!"
Katherine Taylor, Chief Executive
"We had a flurry of media activity throughout OCAM, which culminated in a weeklong special on ovarian cancer on ITV’s Lorraine. Lots of our lovely Voices took part in interviews and video recordings and some had the chance to meet Lorraine herself! Not only is working with the media exciting, but it really works too. We had lots of enquiries afterwards. Here’s hoping it made a real difference to someone’s life. A big shout out to our Voices – the work you do for us is so crucial in spreading awareness and we can never thank you enough."
Jess Champion, Head of Communications
"In addition to 753 wonderful walkers taking part in our Walk In Her Name campaign, one of our supporters, Rob Dawson, decided to complete 12 challenges in 12 days to raise money and support his mum as she fights ovarian cancer. Rob stopped drinking, walked, cycled, ran, boxed, rocked a frock, rowed, stripped, baked, grew a moustache, baked Britain’s biggest breakfast, and finally, shaved off his locks. The originality of Rob’s idea attracted lots of attention and he raised a staggering £2,133.99!"
Ellie, Temporary Community Fundraiser
"Seeing 100 people gather in Hyde Park on the first Saturday of March for our flagship Walk In Her Name event was my highlight. Scientists, patients, fundraisers and lots of dogs all came together to walks towards a future free of ovarian cancer. That was pretty special!"
Emily, Senior Fundraising Manager
"It was fantastic to work with Welsh Assembly Members who held a debate supporting OCA’s call for a national symptoms awareness campaign – especially Hannah Blythyn AM who is getting ready for Women v Cancer’s Ride the Night too. Back in London over 50 MPs pledged their support for OCAM in the Houses of Parliament."
Marie-Claire Platt, Public Affairs & Operations Manager
"Cardiff’s first Ovarian Cancer Action Walk in Her Name was a huge success and a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day. I was overwhelmed by the number of supports who joined us to raise both money and awareness."
Alicia Roberts, Wales Regional Officer
“What a month! Thank you very much to anyone who organised or took part in a Box2Beat Cancer event in March. We had 24 events with over 320 participants, nearly 1 million punches were thrown and over 750,000 calories burnt! You have all raised nearly £30,000 for Ovarian Cancer Action and we are extremely grateful.”
Tom Allitt, Challenge Events Fundraiser
"The BRCA Twitter “Ask the Experts” events got lots of people talking, with supporters taking the opportunity to pose questions to the leaders in their field about genetic testing, risk-reducing surgery, menopause and ovarian cancer treatment. The highlights of the chat can be found here."
Jo Stanford, Cancer Prevention Officer
"Watching thousands of our supporters using the power of social media to help raise awareness was my highlight. Our symptoms film was seen by almost half a million people in the first week alone! Sharing a Facebook post or tweet only takes a few seconds but could save somebody’s life. It’s such a simple but effective way to educate people about ovarian cancer."
Jennifer Schembri, Digital Manager
March might be over but over but we will continue working to raise awareness and fund research all year round! Find out how you can join our fight.