Cancer survivors row for health
A LOCAL group of women are the only team of breast cancer survivors who are taking part in The Henley 7K race, which take place over the winter.
The Pink Champagne Dragonboat Team were formed five years ago with the help of The Bournemouth Hospital and The Littledown Sports Centre.
It has been proved that women who have had surgery for breast cancer benefit from upper body exercise.
The team are based at Hengistbury Head Education Centre and they paddle towards Tuckton Bridge on a regular basis.
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The women of Pink Champagne are of all different abilities, ages and at different stages of recovery. Spokesman Wendy Grose, who lives in Verwood said: “Not only is the group good for exercise but we are a group supporting each other.”
The team have travelled to Canada, Dublin , Florence and Venice, where they paddled down the Grand Canal.
Over the last six months they have progressed so well that they have competed against some of the best teams in the country.
Next October The International Breast Cancer Festival takes place in Sarasota USA and the team and their supporters are heading out to compete with breast cancer survivor teams from all over the world.
At present the women are busy fundraising for their registration fees and kit for America and to this end they have a disco planned for 29th November in Verwood.
For more information contact www.pinkchampagne.org.uk or find them on Facebook or ring Wendy on 07732644281.