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North Devon women post ‘no makeup selfies’ for Cancer Research

11:49 26 March 2014

North Devon women have been posting no make-up

North Devon women have been posting no make-up 'selfies' on Facebook to support Cancer Research UK.


Dozens of North Devon women bravely go bare faced on our front cover to make a stand against cancer and help raise millions of pounds.

North Devon women stood together on our front cover baring their makeup-less faces.North Devon women stood together on our front cover baring their makeup-less faces.

Dozens of North Devon women have bravely shown their bare faces to help stand up against the Big C - click here and here to see their reasons why.

SOME posted in memory of loved ones lost, others in support of family or friends battling cancer – but every picture saw women across North Devon united.

The ‘selfie’ has been given a make-under this week as hundreds of women across the region joined a national movement on Facebook in support of Cancer Research UK.

“I did mine for me – a breast cancer survivor – and my mum who lost her battle with cancer four weeks ago,” said Mandy Jones, one of dozens of Gazette readers who bravely agreed to display their bare faces proudly on our front page.

The #nomakeupselfie campaign began trending on Facebook on Tuesday and in the space of just a few days has raised more than £2million for the charity.

Users are encouraged to post a makeup-less selfie on their profile, at the same time texting the word BEAT to 70099, donating £3 to the charity.

The idea of the campaign, which grew organically on Facebook and was not started by the charity, is to encourage women and men to check themselves for symptoms.

Sara Roose said: “I did it to show at the end of the day we are all vulnerable to cancer with or without our make up on.

“I don’t think there are many people who don’t know someone who has had it or sadly passed away as a result of it.

“Breast cancer is a cruel, often disfiguring and life changing disease these selfies are a representation of just how strong and united women can be.”

Many had their own personal reasons for donating. Claire Mathers lost her best friend four years ago to cancer at the age of 33.

She said: “Within my work I see day-to-day how cancer is breaking so many.

“I also have a very dear friend Sarah who has cancer – we are biking 210 miles this summer to raise money for the Children’s Hospice. If we all give, we might just screw cancer up.”

Emma Collingham said she joined in because she felt it was a great way to raise money towards researching the disease.

“I have lost some very important people in my life over the years to cancer, but also have friends who are survivors and I would like to see more survivors,” she said.

Sarah Silvester added: “I did it to keep the message spreading and to encourage donations.

“I also think many of the selfies look so much better than when they are normally covered in make up.”

Many women also said they felt there was a greater significance to posting a photo of themselves without their daily ‘war paint’.

Ione McKinnon said: “I’m a girl who loves to wear her makeup, so much so that even if I pop to the shop just up the road I put a full face of make-up on.

“I did my nomination as my grandma had breast cancer and fought it. My grandma struggled and fought and had a single mastectomy and still smiled through it all.”

Charlene Cook added: “I did it because this can hit anyone of us at any time.

“Cancer doesn’t care who you are, how much money you have or who it will affect around you and that’s the scariest thing we all may face.

“So if we can do anything to support anyone going through this lets do it.”

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1 comment

  • Well done all you gorgeous make up free selfies helping to raise awareness for breast cancer. Great to see a positive kick to the stupid NeckNomations!

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    Anne Tattersall

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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