WOMEN are being encouraged to leave their bras at home for the day TODAY.
Although controversial to some, No Bra Day is growing in popularity. So what is it, and why is it being celebrated on Friday 13? Here’s what you need to know…
When is no Bra Day?
No Bra Day takes place TODAY (Friday, October 13) – in the middle of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It’s also the day before The Big Pink, on October 14, the national fundraising day with Breast Cancer Care.
Some 50,000 Brits are diagnosed with breast cancer every year – while one in women will develop it at some point in their lifetimes.
What is No Bra Day?
The movement started in 2011 and largely takes place on social media, where women use the hashtag #nobraday to campaign.
The aim is to raise awareness and encourage women to carry out self-examinations, screenings, and make sure they know the signs of breast cancer.
Men, and women who don’t want to go braless, are also encouraged to take part – by wearing something purple for the day.
While ladies are encouraged to get a mammogram screening on October 13 – which can help detect breast cancer up to two years before it can be felt by the patient or a doctor.
You can also show your support by donating to the Breast Cancer Care charity – or attending one of their many October events.
Why is No Bra Day celebrated?
No Bra Day can be traced back to Toronto, Canada, and plastic surgeon Dr Mitchell Brown.
The aim of his original BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day was to educate women about their choice for reconstruction when undergoing a mastectomy.
By 2014, BRA Day was being celebrated in 30 countries worldwide.
At BRA Day events, those affected by breast cancer can attend Q&A speeches with leading plastic surgeons, and hear inspirational survivor stories.
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A-list stars like Fearne Cotton and Sheridan Smith are coming out for CoppaFeel!’s special fundraising event
I HAVE been beavering away pretty hard at a special fundraiser for CoppaFeel!. With my new role as an ambassador for the charity, I get to persuade famous people to support us and in return they get to help us save lives. It’s a pretty sweet deal but it’s getting increasingly harder to get celebrities […]
I HAVE been beavering away pretty hard at a special fundraiser for CoppaFeel!.
With my new role as an ambassador for the charity, I get to persuade famous people to support us and in return they get to help us save lives.
It’s a pretty sweet deal but it’s getting increasingly harder to get celebrities to support causes.
It’s not because they don’t care – they are already supporting so many organisations and relief funds or might even have their own on the go.
I’ve seen first-hand the huge impact a celebrity can have on fundraising, but also in just simply spreading a message.
I am very fortunate to have been working with TV presenter Fearne Cotton for six years and she has probably helped us raise more than £100,000 and reach thousands with our life-saving message.
Her aid has been invaluable.
But there can be an ugly side to celebs and charities. We hear of people, who already have vast amounts of money, being paid huge sums to support causes.
A YouGov poll in 2011 revealed that 46 per cent of British people believe most stars who promote charities are “cynically trying to improve their own public image”.
But it’s too easy to criticise them for doing too little, to moan how they should give all their money to charities.
With CoppaFeel! and our wonderful ambassadors, I see it all vastly differently.
Perhaps we have been very lucky to work with people who truly get what we do – not many famous people can be convinced to strap on a giant boob.
So we should all ask ourselves if we’re doing enough – huge salary and celeb status or not.
Recently, I somehow managed to convince a host of awesome people to give up their time for a big prize draw to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
You can buy a ticket for a draw with prizes including afternoon tea with Sheridan Smith, a gig with Greg James, meeting the hosts of Celebrity Juice and a DJ session with Marcel Somerville from Love Island and Blazin’ Squad.
All very epic – and all require the stars to give up their time so that we can raise money and save more lives.
It is amazing that when you ask, people are usually more than willing to give.
There are so many wonderful people out there putting money and time in to great causes and I just happened to find a good bunch of them.
Please check out coppafeel-prizes.com and get entering.
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Who was Rebecca Ellison? Rio Ferdinand’s wife and mum-of-three who died of breast cancer
RIO Ferdinand was left devastated when his beloved wife Rebecca passed away in 2015, aged just 34. But how did she die? And what was her story? We take a look at her life… Who was Rebecca Ellison? Rebecca Ellison was a former fitness trainer who met footballer Rio Ferdinand while he was playing at West […]
RIO Ferdinand was left devastated when his beloved wife Rebecca passed away in 2015, aged just 34.
But how did she die? And what was her story? We take a look at her life…
Who was Rebecca Ellison?
Rebecca Ellison was a former fitness trainer who met footballer Rio Ferdinand while he was playing at West Ham in the late 1990s.
Originally from Essex, she kept a low profile and later trained as an accountant before she wed Rio in 2009.
She gave birth to the couple’s first son Lorenz in 2006 and a second son called Tate followed in three years later.
They welcomed a daughter called Tia in 2011 around the same time the family moved back to London following a stint in Manchester when Rio played for United.
How did Rebecca Ellison die?
Rebecca was just 34 when she passed away in May 2015 after a short battle with breast cancer.
She had kept her illness private after being diagnosed in 2014 and after receiving treatment, and thought she was clear of the disease. However, the cancer returned and spread to her bones.
When her death was announced it prompted an outpouring of grief from the footballing world.
Rio confirmed his beloved wife’s death in a heartbreaking statement that read: “My soul mate slipped away last night.
“Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.
“She was a fantastic loving mother to our three beautiful children. She will be missed as a wife, sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter.
“She will live on in our memory, as a guide and inspiration.”
Rio recently revealed what he would say to Rebecca if he had one more moment with her.
Appearing in an emotional advert for Child Bereavement UK, he said: “If I was able to have one more minute with Rebecca, I’d probably, well I’d definitely, ask her about what she wanted with the children growing up at different stages, poignant moments in their development.
“I would tell her I love her.”
When was Rebecca Ellison’s funeral?
Rebecca was laid to rest following a private ceremony in Kent in May 2015.
Many of her husband’s teammates attended the funeral including former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Others also paying their respects were Robin van Persie, Edwin van der Saar, Nemanja Vidic and Darren Fletcher.
The service was described as a celebration of Rebecca’s life and she allowed her three children to choose the music that would be played.
Rio is now focusing on raising his three children[/caption]
How did Rio and his children react to the death?
Following the death, Rio has admitted that his “world collapsed” and he initially turned to alcohol to deal with his grief, but is now focusing on being a loving dad to his kids.
Speaking in his autobiography, he wrote: “I no longer have days when all I can do is cancel my plans and curl up in a ball.
“It is only nights that can still undo me. I usually wake up between 2-3am, when the horror of what my children have lost hits me again, keeping me awake until dawn.”
He has also started a new relationship with Kate Wright, however, the pair are keen to keep their romance away from the spotlight.
The Manchester United star retired from football in 2015 after a trophy-laden career and he set his eyes on a professional fight in a boxing ring after making the shock announcement earlier this year.
Rio Ferdinand said his world collapsed after Rebecca died of breast cancer[/caption]
What was Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad?
Earlier this year, an hour-long documentary aired on BBC One that saw 38-year-old Rio talk about his life as a widower.
The programme also explored how bereaved parents manage grief and support their children – and shared how the only way they can truly support them is to rebuild their lives.
Rio also met with other parents struggling with bereavement and explained his own struggles surrounding trying to bring up his three children by himself.
Recently, it has been reported that Rio has struck up a relationship with former Towie star Kate Wright and the pair were spotted enjoying drinks with each other in London.
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