A MUM-OF-FOUR who survived breast cancer has opened Kendal’s first ever Cancer Research UK’s store.
Jennie Richardson, from Underbarrow, cut the ribbon and officially opened the doors of the store on Stricklandgate, Kendal, to customers on Thursday February 20.
The 50-year-old is supporting Cancer Research UK to raise awareness of the disease and to encourage people across the town to support the new shop.
Jennie was aged just 38 when she found a lump on her breast. She went straight to the GP, but was expecting the lump to be a cyst.
Fortunately, Jennie’s GP acted quickly and she was sent for tests which found she had breast cancer. At the time, Jennie’s four daughters, which include twins, were just 5, 7 and 9.
Jennie faced chemotherapy treatment followed by surgery to remove the cancerous lump and then radiotherapy. She lost her hair and the gruelling treatment lasted more than a year.
Jennie also took the drug tamoxifen for 10 years. Cancer Research UK researchers helped prove the benefits of taking tamoxifen after surgery for women with the most common type of breast cancer. Around 8 in 10 women now survive for at least 10 years, thanks in part to this life-saving treatment.
She is now fit and well and works as a personal trainer inspiring other women as well as raising money for as many different cancer charities as possible.
Her children are now aged 17, 20 and 22.
Jennie said: “I am living proof of why research into cancer is so important. Without advances in science, I might not be here today.”
In the North West, around 5 people are diagnosed with cancer every hour.
The shop is the charity’s 602nd store and is packed with hundreds of items of pre-loved clothing as well as a selection of homeware, books and children’s toys.
Jennie added: “I am really proud to be guest of honour and open Cancer Research UK’s new shop in Kendal. My story is a story of survival and I hope the people of Kendal will help to create more happy endings like mine by coming to support the shop.”
The store will sell items donated by the public and by high street corporate supporters of the charity. All profit from the shop supports the charity’s life-saving research.
Head of retail operations at Cancer Research UK, Jo Mewett, said: “We are delighted to open a new shop in Kendal. We have a mix of quality items at bargain prices that I am confident shoppers in the town will love.
“Our shops and superstores up and down the country continue to prove a real hit with customers and we are really proud to be adding Kendal to the collection. I hope that people come along to the store to have a look around – and take the opportunity to grab a bargain while they are there.”
The shop is open from 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am-4pm on Sundays.
Volunteers are also being sought who have an interest in retail and who can spare a few hours every week.
The shop also needs donations of unwanted clothes and bric-a-brac.
For more information about Cancer Research UK visit www.cruk.org/shops or follow @CRUKshops on Twitter.