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Lichfield Ladies Circle provide a Charity Team building day with a difference.

Saturday 6th September saw 16 teams of enthusiastic participants from Lichfield businesses and social groups slip on their harnesses and helmets for a day of adrenaline activities in a Charity Challenge Day at Whitemoor lakes near Alrewas. The event organised by Lichfield Ladies Circle, brought out the competitive spirit in the 64 contestants as they conquered their fear of heights in activities such as rock wall climbing, crate building, leap of faith and zip wiring whilst raising money for the National Hereditary Breast Cancer helpline.

Local business owner Dave Kershaw, whose team 'Central Garage' were the overall winners, congratulated the ladies on putting on such a fantastic day. "I was happy to support Lichfield Ladies Circle in their fundraising efforts for the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline as it is a very worthy cause.” The additional activities of the raffle, cake stall, face painting and guess the name of the teddy made it into a family day which helped increase the total money raised".

The National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline was founded in 1996 by Wendy Watson, at a time when little or nothing was generally known about Hereditary Breast Cancer. The main aim of the helpline is to ensure that those worried about their family history have access to full information on all the options currently available, referrals where appropriate, and full peer support for whatever management option is chosen. The Helpline is manned up to 24 hours per day, every day, with an answering service also available. To date many thousands of calls have been taken worldwide. The charity is an invaluable asset to anyone going through the process of genetic testing and preventative surgery for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. As the helpline is not government funded, Wendy Watson and her team of volunteers have also set up 20 charity shops around the UK to ensure there are enough funds to keep the helpline going.

Last week, Lichfield Ladies Circle Chair, Sue Kershaw, handed over a cheque for £1040 raised from the challenge day and a car-boot full of generous donations to the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline. Michelle Gracey, Manager of the NHBCH charity shop, Newcastle Under Lyme said "I am delighted with the donations for the charity shop, peoples generosity can make a huge difference" Wendy Watson who participated in the challenge day commented "It was a Brilliant day! So well organised and such an amazing result! Thank you all xxx"

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