After being diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2019, Elaine Pierce was keen to say thank you to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WWL), however her plan didn’t turn out quite how she expected.
Elaine Pierce from Whitley, Wigan, was treated for breast cancer last year whilst working in the IT Department at Wigan Council.
“I wanted to give something back to WWL in return for their excellent treatment,” praised Elaine.
Elaine’s planned night of food, drink, music and dancing at Wigan Rugby Union Club, was in jeopardy when the UK went under lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
As it looked as though her plans would have to be cancelled Elaine’s close friend as well as professional DJ, Andy K, decided that it could still going ahead, virtually.
“We’d chosen 70s and 80s music for the theme,” said Elaine, “so when Andy very kindly stepped in, the ‘Boogie for your Boobies’ event could still go ahead!”
59 year old, Andy has been DJing since 1984 and has found ways during lockdown to stream his music virtually.
“When Elaine approached me about doing the event virtually, it was obvious I wanted to do it.”
“It takes a bit of time to set up the stream, however I find it very enjoyable and it was a really good night for a great cause” mentioned Andy.
Elaine was joined by her husband, Dave, her daughter, Hayley and her daughters partner, Lewis, as well as lots of her family and close friends, albeit on the other side of her laptop screen. And, despite a few technical glitches, everyone had a fabulous night.
Over 200 people connected online to join in with the virtual disco, to help raise money for WWL’s Three Wishes ‘In Pink’ fund, with plans for the donations to help fund a new ultrasound machine for WWL’s breast screening department.
“South Lancashire breast screening unit are incredibly grateful for Elaine’s donation for our “In Pink” Campaign. To raise over £850 during the “Lockdown” is outstanding and we would like to thank everyone who donated towards the campaign as this will help us raise the money needed for a new ultrasound machine helping us to diagnose Women with breast cancer faster and more efficiently.” said Janet Ellison, Breast Screening Navigator.
Elaine has managed to raise over £850 with money still coming in!