Monday, September 10, 2012

New events!

I have  only blogged before about our events which take us around the world  in order to raise money  to support Breast Cancer Clinical Trials.We also organise and support a lot of smaller events, which are just as important and really help to support our charity. But the best part of these events is that anyone can get involved, and we make sure they are as much fun as possible!

At the moment we have multiple events being run. Please feel free to check all of these events out on our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PAHBreastTrials/events
But so I'll give you a quick run down of the events that are coming up fast!

Ladies Pamper Evening (4/10/2012) - Sawbridgeworth
We love this event! Its for ladies everywhere to come and try out all different types of treatments from massage to Reiki. As well as the treatments there are also multiple stalls where you can buy products from chocolates to cards and jewellery. Entrance to the pamper evening is £7. But this also includes a free glass of wine, and nibbles to go around! Please contact us on pahbreasttrials@outlook.com or call our charity office on 07450282025. Details  on https://www.facebook.com/events/356645534410954/



The Mistletoe Christmas Ball (10/11/2012) - Billericay
This amazing ball is held at Stockbrook Country Club and Golf Course. This amazing venue compliments the ball perfectly, owing to its gorgeous views overlooking the golf course. Start your evening with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine before being seated in the Rosewood Suite for a three course meal. Throughout the evening take part in the raffle, auction and enjoy a turn on the dance floor. But the best part about this is... THE FREE BAR ALL NIGHT! Tickets cost £65 per person. Please contact us on pahbreasttrials@outlook.com or call our charity office on 07450282025. Details on https://www.facebook.com/events/324044037679332/


Please check out our facebook page and see what other events we organise, and if you want to come to any of our events, feel free to contact us on the number or email address that we have provided. 


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Inca Trail Trek - Peru 2012 - Raises £30,000

At the end of July 2012, 17 of us embarked upon the Inca Trail in order to raise money for The Princess Alexandra Hospital Charitable Trust - Breast Trials Unit. We trekked for four days, spending three nights on the mountain its-self, in order to reach Machu Picchu, and watch the sun rise through the sun gate. And through all of this, we raised £30,000 for an amazing charity which genuinely does save lives.

After 24 hours of travelling around the world in order to reach Cuzco and finally getting a good nights sleep, we headed to Tambo Machay, and area in the hills above Cuzco. Not only did this walk provide some amazing scenery, but also allowed us to acclimatise to the altitudes that none of our bodies where used to. Sleeping at 3400m doesn't sound like it will cause any problems, but I can assure you that even a small walk up some steps means that you have to stop and catch your breathe! After acclimatising, we had one final night to sleep in a hotel before heading off on the Inca Trail!

The start of our trek!
We woke up and had soon left Cuzco behind us, heading out along the Sacred Valley via Ollantaytambo to the Trail’s starting-point at Km82. The first half-day walk was fairly easy and on an undulating path which follows the Urubamba River for much of the way. After lunch a gentle climb took us to our camp at Wayllabamba. There where a couple of steep drops and climbs into gullies along the way making the days walk quite exciting, especially with the great views of Mt Veronica standing at 5000m. This night we slept at 2900m, which although is slightly lower than we where used to, meant that by the time we'd finished the days walking, all of us where ready for a nice night in bed. But before bed came dinner...now this was the part we where all dreading, what can you possibly eat when your at 2900m and all of the food you eat for four days has to be brought up with you?! But this was where the biggest surprise came...all of our food was amazing! Honestly, you would NEVER believe the food we where getting served! Everyday for lunch we had a different hot soup, with a selection of breads. Then at dinner we where having all sorts! Over the 4 days we had a variety of fish, casseroles with chicken and other meats, and even fresh salads with beautiful avocados which where freshly picked! I would have been more than satisfied with this food in a restaurant, so to be getting it when we where up a mountain was unbelievable! 
What a view!

The next day was the big climb, we went all the way to 4200m. The relentless steps made this such a hard day! We went through a variety of muddy terrain, forests and even open grass plains. When we stopped for a well deserved lunch, we could see the snow capped mountains in the distance, and it was these views which made it worth it. Once reaching the dead woman's pass (4200m), we descended back down to 3500m, meaning we trekked for about 10 hours that day. What a killer. 

Our third day trekking brought even more steps. But it also brought up some spectacular views. Almost every mile was an ancient ruin, and the Sayacmarca ruin was an especially spectacular ruin. I still can't put my finger on what it was about these places, not even the photo's capture it, but it was extremely spiritual. The ruins coupled with the other views (which where out of this world) just made for an extremely cathartic landscape. Once we got to our campsite, we all wanted to get some sleep for the early morning that was coming because the views we where going to get would surpass everything else...



Jumping with joy that we made it!
We awoke at around 4am to begin our trek to Machu Picchu and the sun-gate. We arrived just as the sun was rising and saw the sun come up through the sun gate, and slowly illuminate Machu Picchu below. This was without doubt the most extraordinary thing I have ever seen! It was at this point that a significant number of our group began to cry. Not because we where sad, not even because we where happy, but just because of the beauty of the landscape and knowing that we had all just completed such an achievement! I loved every single second of it. 

Once the sun had rose, we headed into Machu Picchu for a guided tour before any tourists arrived. That was also spectacular. I won't go into too much detail, but I could not fathom how this village was created so many years ago! Each rock weighed tonnes, but they'd somehow moved them all to create houses, walls and other structures! Unbelievable.

Machu Picchu - The sun rising
When we arrived back at our hotel, we all had an amazing nights sleep! The trek was amazing, but it certainly took every ounce of energy from us, and I'm sure the camping didn't help!

Exploring Cuzco the next day was also lovely. Once again I won't bore you with details, but the Alpaca clothes (especially my slippers) are so gorgeous and soft! 

The whole trip was amazing. Everyone of us on the trek loved it. It was challenging (both mentally and physically), and took every once of will power to get up every morning, but it was without doubt worth it. I've made friends for life, and memories for life.

If you feel like taking part in any of these events, raising money for an amazing charity, and experiencing things most people never will, please contact us on pahbreasttrials@outlook.com or visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PAHBreastTrials to see what other events we're doing. We're here to help and support you when your raising the money for the charity, and not only can we give you idea of how to raise some money, but also give you a chance to be on our committee, and help organise the amazing balls we do. But please feel free to check the facebook page, or give us an email, even if you only want to ask small questions. You'll be hearing from us soon!!!!


The Team at "Dead Woman Pass"

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bollywood Night Raises £21000



On May 26, 2012 the 5th annual 'Bollywood Nights' Ball was held at The Manor of Groves Hotel in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.  The evening was incredible, the food was delicious, the atmosphere and entertainment was spot-on and the spirit of giving was definitely in the air.



The food was catered by Laguna Restaurant  who have made it their pride and passion to ensure that each event they cater for is unique and to a high standard.
The evenings entertainment provided by KSparks Entertainments  consisted of singers, dancers musicians and henna tattooists.


The Organising Committee
The team worked really well together and were essential in making everyone feel comfortable and setting the mood. Just like last year the dancers and singers could be found in the ladies restroom pinning saris to make sure everyone looked their best.


Smith Patel, Alexis and David Lewis 
The charity auction conducted by  Mike Nabarro  included a Sunseeker Sea Trip, A VIP day at the London Boat Show Courtesy of Sunseeker London and Tickets to the Mens Beach Volleyball finals at the Olympics.




Alexis Lewis with Anita Gray,Sharon Martin,Wendy Pike and
Madeline Greatbatch

Alexis Lewis presented  a Special Ralph Lauren Book signed by Karen Millen to some of the women involved with the recent Fashion Show.


Thanks again to the committee:  Jean Judge, John Judge, Dinesh Patel , Pauly Chaplin, Hayley Sweet, Sarah Drabble, Becky Fitz-John, Gary Ayliffe and Ashraf Patel


Bollywood Dancers
Moni with Deborah and Freedie








Monday, April 9, 2012

NeoALTTO

Our breast unit was one of four UK Hospitals where patients were recruited into the phase 3 NeoALTTO Clinical Trial. The Trial was conducted in 23 countries around the world and is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT00553358. Results of this trial of dual inhibition of Her 2 in the neoadjuvant ( treatment prior to surgery) setting have been published in the Lancet .  The results show that the rate of pathological complete response (no tumour found at surgery) was significantly higher in the group given lapatinib (Tyverb) and trastuzumab (Herceptin) than trastuzumab or lapatinib alone.