A breast cancer survivor will be plunging into the sea at Irvine beach to fundraise for Wear it Pink Day.

Gillian Pettigrew, 42, from Irvine, will be dipping in the sea with her ‘pink ladies’ Dawn, Laura, Lesley, Lynsay, and Valon on October 21 – Wear it Pink Day and coincidentally Gillian’s 43rd birthday.

Diagnosed in 2019, Gillian wants to do what she can to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s support services and will be joining thousands of people in fundraising this year.

Gillian said: “We are really looking forward to our Wear it Pink event and hope to raise lots of money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-changing support and research.

“Wear it Pink falls on my birthday this year, so I’ll be having a pink day to celebrate!

“My gran is also a breast cancer survivor of 30 years and a total inspiration.

“I am passionate about raising awareness of breast cancer symptoms and encouraging people to do self-checks. Get to know your own normal and go straight to your GP if you notice any changes because it could save your life – it did mine!”

Initially aiming to raise £250, Gillian has already raised £355 with two weeks of fundraising still to go (at the time of writing).

Wear it Pink Day started over 20 years ago and has resulted in over £37.5 million being raised in support of the charity and its services.

Breast Cancer Now hope that by 2050 everyone with breast cancer will be able to survive and receive appropriate support.

You can donate to Gillian’s campaign through her JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wear-it-pink-dip