Creatiques founder raises money…


L-R Heidi Rehman from Haven in Wessex, Sandra Williams from Portsmouth Breast Friends, Rob Pearce and Andrew Pearce frmo Creatiques, Marcela Payne, Portsmouth Best Friends fundraising committee member.A charity that will support women with breast cancer was given a cash boost yesterday as a local business handed them a cheque of £5,500.

The Haven in Wessex received the cheque from Andrew and Rob Pearce from Creatiques, a bridal boutique in Southsea. They were joined by Sandra Williams, chair of Portsmouth Breast Friends, a local charity that they have been working with since 2011 through Andrew’s alter ego, the Fabulous Miss G.

The amount is the highest that the team has raised through the Miss G shows, a fun drag act that has fundraised tens of thousands of pounds over eighteen years for different charities.

Having met Sandra in 2011 when she came to their shop for a wedding dress fitting, Andrew and Rob were moved by her story and endeavored to find the right dress for her following her mastectomy. Since then, they have joined forces to raise funds for breaast cancer sufferers and last year decided to help raise money for the new Haven in Wessex appeal.

Two and a half million pounds is needed for the Haven to become fully operational. One millions pounds has already been spent on buying the building outright and the refurbishment began yesterday. It will offer support for breast cancer patients and their families through individual personalised programmes such as complementary therapies and emotional and practical support.

The Haven in Wessex Community Fundraiser, Heidi Rehman said, “We are so thrilled that the community wants to help us and realises the importance of what a difference it will make to people’s lives. I love the fact that there are all these different events around the region that are fun and great nights out.”

Sandra said, “It’s been an absolute pleasure to do something that everyone had a good time doing and being a part of.

“As chair of Portsmouth Breast Friends this is what is closest to my own personal heart as well as my group and I knew that my group would help me sort this out. To be able to hand over a cheque for £5.5k just wants to make me cry.”

Andrew Pearce said, “Raising £5,500 for the Haven has been the most money we’ve ever raised over the course of one evening. We’re really privileged to be part of the fundraising for it. Everyone has been touched by cancer, including us personally. The money can now be used for an amazing cause for people who are suffering from cancer.”

words by: Haley Storey of About My Area