A GROUP of “breast friends” are to create a 2024 calendar featuring each of them to raise money for the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre at Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan.

The group comprises women based across North Wales who have previously been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Its members were brought together by Sally Smart, of Blue Bug Photography and secretary of Prestatyn Business Forum, after she reached out on social media to people who, like her, had received a breast cancer diagnosis.

A JustGiving page has also been set up, which you can donate to by visiting: www.justgiving.com/page/sally-smart-1686826073448.

Rhyl Journal: The breast friends taking part in the charity calendarThe breast friends taking part in the charity calendar (Image: Sally Smart)


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Sally said: “A few of us were friends anyway - way before cancer rudely came into our lives.

“But some of us met whilst having cancer treatment together, and some have only just met due to becoming involved in the calendar.

“The calendar shoots will be taking place over the summer - we have some fantastic ideas which will be a little cheeky and fun, and hopefully make people smile.”

Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer at the start of 2022, before completing her course of chemotherapy later that year.

Last October, the group also held a charity day in Prestatyn, which raised more than £8,000 for the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre.

Before her diagnosis, Sally had photographed two nude calendars for an environmental project in Prestatyn.

She added: “We are all so very grateful for the treatment and tender loving care we received from the staff at the centre, and want to give back to this unit that saved our lives and countless others.

“The centre radiates a feeling of positivity, friendliness, smiles and warmth – we really saw the best of human nature while having our treatments there.”