Did you know that every time you place an order online Helen É Cosmetics donates 25p to Cancer Research UK? I chose Cancer Research UK as our charity partner many years ago because of my belief that, as a company, it is good to give something back to help society.
What I wasn't to know throughout these years of supporting Cancer Research UK, was how important the advances they make would one day mean to me, personally.
In 2012, just after the Miss England Competition Finals that we are Make-up Sponsors for, I suddenly became very ill and was rushed to hospital, where it was discovered I had a large tumour in my stomach. It was a huge shock, as you can imagine! I had a major operation to remove this and made a good recovery and as conventional chemotherapy was not suitable for this very rare type of cancer, I was prescribed a special type of chemotherapy tablet that I will be taking for three years. I am monitored very carefully and scanned regularly by great consultants and medical professionals and I intend to remain fit and well for many, many years to come.
Like everyone else, I never thought it would happen to me, and even though I have gone through this life changing experience, I don't let it stop me from doing the things I love, like enjoying time with my family and the satisfaction I get from taking Helen É Cosmetics from strength to strength. What I do know is that more than ever, I am so, so grateful for the important and ground breaking research work that Cancer Research UK does in the fight against this dreadful disease in its many forms and both as a business owner and as a survivor of cancer, I will continue to support their vitally important work.
So, next time you are placing your order for your favourite Helen É products, remember that you too are also helping in the battle to beat cancer. Who knows, one day, someone you love may benefit from their extraordinary work.