North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson took time out at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on 4 October to play in The Football Association’s annual Conservatives vs Lobby football match.
The game an opportunity for the politicians and their arch critics to come to together to show support for Breast Cancer Care – the only UK-wide specialist support charity and The FA’s official charity partner for 2014-16.
With help from Justin’s footballing skills, the Conservative MPs were quicker on their feet and won the match 3-1, followed by the opportunity to find out more about The FA and Breast Cancer Care’s partnership which aims to make the nation aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and to raise £500,000 to support people with the disease.
Funds raised through the official charity partnership will go towards a new mobile service, which will tour England to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
An ardent sports fan, Justin said: “It’s great The FA and Breast Cancer Care are working together to ensure everyone across the nation knows the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. So many people are affected by breast cancer, so it’s vital that people – both women and men – feel confident in checking their breasts and know what to look out for.”
Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care, said: “Every 10 minutes someone is diagnosed with breast cancer. We know that an earlier diagnosis of breast cancer can mean simpler and more effective treatment.
“So we’re delighted our partnership with The FA, is helping us to reach more men and the women they love, with this potentially life-saving information. It’s vital that women, and men, of all ages get to know their body by looking at and feeling their breast/chest area regularly. Then if they find any unusual changes to go and see their GP.”
Make this the day you become breast aware via www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call Breast Cancer Care free on 0808 800 6000 for support.