VIDEO UPDATE: Silver Jubilee for Breast Cancer Action

Breast Cancer Action was formed on 15th October 1994 by ex-breast cancer patients and their supporters.

A group of dedicated charity volunteers are this week celebrating 25 years of fundraising in support of breast cancer patients at their local hospital.

Breast Cancer Action was formed on 15th October 1994 by ex-breast cancer patients and their supporters. Their main goal was to open a dedicated Breast Unit at Leeds General Infirmary, which they successfully achieved in 1995 after sufficient funds were raised in just a few months.



Thanks to their dedication and immense support, the group have now raised £1,791,983.88 for hospital charity Leeds Cares, which has been specifically used to fund breast cancer research at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

All affected in some way by this terrible disease; by direct diagnosis or through caring for a loved one, the group work tirelessly throughout the year, organising events that generate vital funds. The ladies also volunteer on the Breast Unit – now at St James’s University Hospital – providing holistic support for patients.

The group were finalists at the 2019 Yorkshire Women Volunteer Awards.


The group’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. In October 2018, founder Margaret Stead, was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for her tremendous efforts over the years. Earlier this year the group’s years of commitment was recognised when they were shortlisted for the Care Award at the 2019 Yorkshire Women Volunteer Awards.

Anne Leng, Vice Chair of the group, said “I am so proud to be involved with the Breast Cancer Action Group.  Most of the women in the group have taken the breast cancer journey and I am constantly inspired by their strength and tenacity to continue to work together towards our aim of bringing about a cure”


University of Leeds researcher, Dr James Thorne’s post has been supported by a three-year award from Breast Cancer Action. He said: “Our ability to improve breast cancer treatment depends on performing research and making new important findings. That’s why the work of groups like Breast Cancer Action that increase our research volume is critical; we are very grateful.”

Over the past 25 years, significant developments into breast cancer research at Leeds Teaching Hospitals have been made possible thanks to Breast Cancer Action. Their pro-active fundraising for specific projects in collaboration with Leeds Cares, continues to benefit staff, patients and families on the Breast Unit.

The group is looking for new members to help them continue raising vital funds for breast cancer research. If anyone is interested in volunteering please contact Sharon Link, Head of Community Fundraising at Leeds Cares, on 0113 206 4540 to discuss further.