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Blast from the past ball raises thousands for charity

Karen Grist, 54, has shown her support after being diagnosed with cancer by organising the shades of 1920s ball. This year Karen has raised £2,600 for the Macmillan Centre fund of Southampton Hospital Charity.

Karen comments: “I first had breast cancer at the age of 39. Having chemotherapy and radiotherapy at the time, I returned to normal life until two years ago this Christmas when I found that my cancer had returned, and was found in my ovaries. 

When I received the results of my latest surgery I was told that the removed tumour was secondary breast cancer.

I now live every day to the full as it's just a waiting game now when the cancer will return.

I'm a great believer in a positive attitude and the determination that my cancer won't get me for a long time. I've got too much to do and have three beautiful grandchildren to spoil!

I work at Wildern Secondary School as a behaviour support officer and really love the job. The pupils keep me young at heart, and distract me from everything else that's going on in my life.

Even though I know that my cancer will return at some point, I felt that I needed to do something to show my appreciation for the treatment I have already received. The shades ball keeps getting bigger and better each year, and we had over 180 guests this year.

I want to thank everyone who came along, and especially those companies who donated raffles prizes. I know the money is going to be well spent, and the cause is one very close to my heart.”

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