Premier league footballers, Olympians and a world cup winning rugby star are among the latest people to support a Barnstaple woman’s cancer awareness campaign.
Thirty-four-year-old mum-of-two Heather Walters’ ‘Check yourself, don’t wreck yourself’ campaign has raised £10,000 for charity CoppaFeel so far, with stars now sending their signed bras and underwear to be auctioned off.
Manchester United have sent a pair of Robin van Persie’s shorts, signed by players including Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, while others to send in their undies include Olympic stars Colin Jackson and Jo Pavey; rugby world cup winner Lewis Moody; Michael Owen and Ferne Cotton.
Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and has since undergone chemotherapy ahead of a mastectomy on Friday.
Following her diagnosis, Heather started encouraging women to hang their bras up at Youings in Barnstaple, owned by her parents, and donate £1.
More than 1,000 bras are now hanging from the town centre shop, and an awareness video covering Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off has gone viral online, reaching a million people last week.
“I originally wanted to raise £100 so I’m not setting a target now!” said Heather.
“We haven’t sold the pants yet as I’d like to do a black-tie auction.
“It seems like the message is reaching different age groups and lots of people have said they’ve started checking themselves because of the video, which is amazing.”
You can donate to the appeal in Youings or by visiting www.justgiving.com/heather-walters.
You can view the music video by clicking here.