Strictly star to keep Peterborough charity lunch guests in step

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Strictly Come Dancing star Ian Waite will be the guest speaker at a special lunch to say thank you to the breast care unit at Peterborough City Hospital.

The event, which sold out weeks ago, has been organised by charity fund-raiser Carol Collier who was successfully treated for breast cancer by the unit earlier this year.

Carol Collier and Ian Waite

Carol Collier and Ian Waite

She said: “The care I received was simply fantastic and the least I could do was to organise a fund-raising lunch to say thank you and raise as much money as possible to support the work of the specialist team.”

Businesses Buckles, Larkfleet, Premier Kitchens and the Longhurst Group have sponsored the lunch for 281 people on October 23 and Carol hopes the initiative will raise between £5,000 and £10,000 for the breast care unit.

A special page has been set up for anyone not attending but still wishing to make a donation:

Carol, who lives in Eye with her husband Chris, said: “There is no doubt that hearing you have cancer turns your world upside down.

“Unfortunately, the statistics suggest that one in eight women will get breast cancer. It is vital that they attend routine mammograms when called. That’s how I discovered mine.”

“I had no idea I had a lump.”

The lunch will be compered by Keith Dalton and Claire Hall from the breast care unit will address the audience and musical entertainment will be provided by local singer Nicole Lawrence.

Carol is no stranger to fund-raising.

She organized the Strictly Glitz evening earlier this year which raised £21,000 for the Peterborough Business Support Group of the NSPCC.