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CoppaFeel! thanks supporters, including IPM

IPM chairman Becky Munday and vice chairman Graham Temple were among the guests at a thank-you celebration organised by the IPM’s chosen charity, CoppaFeel!, on Wednesday December 11th 2013 for its supporters.    

Guests heard speeches from the charity’s patrons, including TV star Dermot O’Leary and ocean rower Sarah Outen MBE, and from CoppaFeel!’s founder, Kris Hallenga.   

The IPM named CoppaFeel! its first ever official charity at the start of 2013, and has been organising a range of awareness and fundraising activities since then. 

Kris Hallenga says: “We’d like to thank the IPM and its members for their support – it really does mean a lot to us.” 

Becky Munday, chairman of the IPM, says: “We will be continuing to support CoppaFeel! in 2014 with fundraising and awareness activities. So many people working in our industry are in their target audience, and if we can help get CoppaFeel!’s message out to them, we could save some lives. What’s more, there’s a lot that IPM members can learn from CoppaFeel! about delivering a difficult message through innovative and fun communications channels that resonate with young people.”

CoppaFeel! is the only charity in the UK specifically dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer amongst young people (particularly those aged 18 to 30).  

Its aim is to stamp out late detection and misdiagnosis of breast cancer by ensuring that people know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, know what their breasts look and feel like normally, check them regularly throughout their lifetime and have the confidence to seek medical referral when they detect abnormalities.  

CoppaFeel! was founded in October 2009 by Kristin Hallenga, who now has inoperable tumours on her spine after doctors failed to spot breast cancer not once, but twice. She was 23 when she went to the doctors; and at 28 she has made it her mission for the past five years to remind young women and men alike to CoppaFeel!  

The picture shows (from left): IPM vice chairman Graham Temple, CoppaFeel! founder Kris Hallenga, Leigh Temple from IPM member Dialogue, CoppaFeel! co-founder and fundraising and communications manager, Maren Hallenga, and IPM chairman Becky Munday.