FP’s charity of the year is Coppafeel!
Coppafeel! is an incredible charity set up in 2009 and is the only charity to solely focus on creating awareness amongst young people to know their bodies to increase the number of breast cancer survivors. Their mission is to ensure all breast cancers are diagnosed early and correctly by:
- Encouraging you to check your boobs regularly from a young age.
- Educating you on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
- Empowering you to seek advice from a doctor if symptoms persist.
They hold many events, attend festivals, schools, universities and work places with a team of ‘Boobettes’ attending. The Boobettes are volunteers who have suffered from breast cancer in the past; they talk about their personal experience of breast cancer and tips on how we can detect it sooner rather than later. Coppafeel! Is all about awareness, so they want to get the word out as much as possible. They are heavily focused on social media, in the press and ask all of their affiliates to shout about it as much as possible! As you can imagine, as a small charity, Coppafeel! solely rely on sponsorship from companies like ourselves. Some of Coppafeel!’s current partners including FP Mailing are:
- Sweaty Betty
- Barry M
Just a couple of examples of how Coppafeel! spend the money that we raise:
- £5 enables 100 SMS boob-check reminders to be sent.
- £10 allows the Boobettes to be well equipped with awareness materials so they can carry out talks to educate hundreds of young people.
- £25 enables provision of a handy shower sticker to act as a monthly reminder to 70 young people.
The National 3 peaks challenge
Over the last 6 months, 10 of our keenest staff members prepared to climb the 3 biggest peaks in the UK; Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
The team have taken part in practice walks, worked to improve their fitness, had talks from people who have done the challenge before, prepped a kit list, carb loaded and sorted everything else that was needed to climb 3 mountains.
These 3 mountains are not close together; a 1200+ mile round trip in fact. Our Managing Director and Sales Director kindly volunteered to do the driving in order to give the climbers time to sleep and recover between each mountain. Some would say the challenge of driving was harder than the mountain climbs themselves.
The 10 volunteers all range in fitness and ability and it was down to teamwork and sheer determination to complete it; all in aid of Coppafeel!
Now that the challenge is complete, we wanted to share our stories; everyone‘s was different.
When someone tells you that they are doing the National 3 Peaks challenge – you brain doesn’t really comprehend what that actually involves, and what is required. What does it require? It requires a lot of prior planning: walking routes, driving routes, food, fundraising, and equipment for all weather. It requires a certain level of fitness. It requires a huge amount a determination to carry on walking when you have no energy left. But most importantly, it requires a group of people who will pick you up when you fall down (physically and emotionally). Did we complete the challenge in 24 hours? Not quite (27.5 hours for those interested). But does that mean we failed? Not at all. We did what we set out to do: climbed The 3 Peaks, walked 26 miles & sat in a minibus for 1200+ miles. All that aside, we have raised some money for a very worthwhile cause.