Corrie stars help raise awareness

We get star struck on The Street

We were over the moon when Claire King, star of ITV's longest standing soap opera, Coronation Street, offered to don an FBC T-shirt for us. Posing in our Wee, Wee, Wee T-shirts with co-stars Shayne Ward, Beverly Callard and Kym Marsh between takes on the show, Claire wanted to help us raise awareness of bladder cancer.

We asked Claire King why she has such an interest in bladder cancer. 

“Firstly I was asked why I'm supporting bladder cancer instead of more ‘trendy’ cancers like lung or breast. Well, of course, I have supported these in the past, but:

a) one of my very dearest friends Fiona is suffering from it at the moment. It brings it home that we tough old birds who grew up together are not indestructible! It was such a shock when l first heard her diagnosis, so I Googled it – and found there wasn't much information about it bar this fantastic FBC website. Therefore … 

b) bladder cancer needs to get out there fighting the ‘trendy and sexy’ cancers by giving information about it. Most people wouldn't know it's the seventh biggest killer of young women now (and often misdiagnosed until it's way down the line) and that it's not just an old man's disease. Finally …

c) as Fiona and I were punks together (yes, I know it's hard to believe as we are such demure classy ladies now!) there is still a bit of a rebellious streak in me that wants to support the underdog, so I'm only too happy to Wee Wee Wee all the way home.

Fiona added, “Basically Claire and I grew up together – riding our ponies, then we went to boarding school and college. I was bridesmaid at Claire's wedding, and we've had this fantastic friendship that has lasted more than 45 years and is still going strong! I was diagnosed in November 2014 with stage T3 bladder cancer. Claire was devastated when it was confirmed metastatic to my bones in June 15. I am battling the cancer, but Claire is right there beside me helping me fight it.”




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