Ladies’ Night Fundraiser

Southern Co-op is calling on ladies across Portsmouth and beyond to enjoy an evening of prosecco, pre-loved shopping and partying in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust.

Ladies’ Night on Friday 14 September from 7-11pm

Funeral Co-ordinators at Southern Co-op’s North End funeral home are organising an evening for ladies to let loose in a bid to raise money for a project close to their hearts.

Emily Warden was supported by Wessex Cancer Trust when she was diagnosed with womb cancer in 2016. She has made lifelong friends with the support group and she has also been influenced to produce a Journal inspired by Calendar Girls.

The Journal, which will launch in November, will include tasteful images of women who have had cancer and it will share their powerful stories in order to help others going through similar situations.

Emily, Funeral Co-ordinator at Southern Co-op’s North End branch, said: “What started out as an idea when chatting to women in my support group, has almost become a reality. We have a group of women from all over the county who have shared their scars and stories for the Journal. It is so inspirational.

“But we are not quite there yet as we need extra funding to help with printing costs which is why we will came up with the idea of holding a ladies’ night. I can’t wait as it is going to be so much fun!”

The Journal has been a joint project with therapist and life coach Charlie Parker-Quaife from Q Wellness who will also be including words of wisdom in the Journal.

Tickets for Ladies’ Night cost £5 in advance or £6 on the door and includes a free glass of prosecco on arrival.

The event on Friday 14 September from 7-11pm will feature a range of stalls from candles and toiletries to make-up and pre-loved party clothes. There will also be a raffle, a silent auction and nibbles.

Then for those who want to enjoy a drink and live music, there will be singing from Katie-Louise Ball who is playing at this year’s Victorious Festival and performs a mixture of original acoustic folk and pop tracks along with a range of covers. This will be followed by a DJ who will provide music to dance to for the rest of the evening.

Taking place at The Blue Lagoon, Hilsea, tickets are available from Southern Co-op Funeralcare in North End at 52 London Road.

Wessex Cancer Trust is the funeral home’s chosen cause as part of Southern Co-op’s community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’. This initiative addresses four key social themes for promoting: ‘Greener’, ‘Healthier’, ‘Safer’, and ‘More Inclusive’ neighbourhoods.

To find out more about the event, contact 02392 662534, email northendfuneral@southerncoops.co.uk or visit www.facebook.com/journalprojectthisisme. Or to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/journal-project.

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