A CANCER survivor is helping to shine alight on women like her.

Sarah Pickles, who lives near Middlewich, was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2014 at the age of 32.

Having gone through a double mastectomy and reconstruction herself, she has now started to connect with individuals who have faced similar challenges.

These conversations inspired her to launch the Butterfly Breast Cancer Awards, ensuring their courage and spirit doesn’t go unnoticed.

Held earlier this year, the awards proved such a success that Sarah is now busy planning the 2024 edition.

“I’m so grateful to everybody who helped make my dream a reality,” she said.

"I have carried the vision for these awards in my heart, and it was a magical moment watching it come to life.

“It was a night where the achievements and dedication of these extraordinary individuals took centre stage, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who attended.”

The inaugural ceremony took place at the spectacular Vale Royal Abbey in Whitegate, Northwich, and was hosted by Radio Northwich presenter Kim Smith.

A highlight was the presentation to finalists of a special gift - a butterfly in a box donated by Butterflies for Occasions.

The intention is for each butterfly to be released at home as a powerful symbol of transformation and renewal.

Proceeds from the ceremony, which raised £6,000 on the night and will increase by a further £2,500 received for auction prizes, are to be channelled to Simply The Breast, a fundraising initiative Kim started following her own diagnosis which is dedicated to supporting the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity.

Sarah added: “This remarkable gathering was not just about recognition; it was also a fundraiser for a noble cause.

“The ceremony became a testament to the strength and beauty of the countless individuals fluttering like butterflies in the breast cancer community, each making a remarkable impact.”

The 2024 Butterfly Breast Cancer Awards are already in the works and are scheduled to take place on Friday, September 20, again at Vale Royal Abbey.

Butterfly Breast Cancer Awards winners 2023

  • Inspirational Empowerment Award sponsored by Centre of Excellence - Julie Grabham
  • Innovation Award sponsored by MGC Aerospace - Heather Glover (Skarlette)
  • Charity Impact Award sponsored by Aqueous Digital - Emma Osborne, The Osborne Trust
  • Charity Impact Team Award sponsored by Eaton Homes and Enigma Healthcare - Prevent Breast Cancer
  • Transformed Life Award sponsored by Enigma Healthcare - Emma Guy
  • Community Volunteer Award sponsored by Eaton Homes - Amanda Johnson
  • Judges’ Choice  sponsored by Cheshire Life - Sarah Pickles
  • Patron Award sponsored by Sarah E Pickles - Sue France
  • Inspirational Community Breast Cancer Champion sponsored by Layers Treats - Kim Smith