A WOMAN who is part of a North Wales-based group of people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer has been invited to Buckingham Palace after helping to raise thousands for Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.

Sally Smart, who lived in Prestatyn before moving to Tremeirchion, will attend a garden party at the palace on Tuesday, May 21.

She helped bring the group of “breast friends” together after she reached out on social media to people who, like her, had received a breast cancer diagnosis.


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Since then, the women have gone on to raise more than £20,000 for the Bodelwyddan hospital’s cancer unit.

Sally said: “I was utterly shocked at first and thought it was a friend playing a trick on me, but it seems to be happening on May 21. 

“The massive honour is overwhelming, and I’m assuming it is all to do with our fundraising, which is well over the £20,000 mark. 

“I’m gutted it’ just myself and partner able to attend, and not all of the ‘breast friends’, but I'm struggling to get the smile off my face!

“Its amazing; I still can’t get my head around it. Weve already booked our train tickets and hotel. I can’t understand why anyone would nominate me – I don’t even know who it was who did!”

Sally and her “breast friends” group are next planning to raise money for the hospital’s cancer unit by holding a “Boobie Ball” at The Beaches Hotel, Prestatyn on Saturday, April 20.

Starting at 7pm, the night will consist of welcome drinks, a professional photographer to capture people's arrival and throughout the night, a photobooth, jazz throughout dinner and a live band.

So far, 100 tickets have been sold, but more are still available – they can be purchased via the group’s Facebook page or at Morgan's Hair, Beauty & Wigs on High Street, Prestatyn.

Sally added: “We have some local balloon artists and venue decor companies joining together to make it look amazing. 

“We also have an incredible amount of raffle prizes, ranging from a Clogau bracelet, to hotel stays and dinners out. 

“It has been overwhelming, the generosity of the local businesses.”