On May 24th 2012 Sue & Carolyn attended the Breast Cancer Campaign annual reception at the House of Lords representing Boobs & Brass. Carolyn describes their experience below:
Sue and I had a very good time at the House of Lords. We met in the pub opposite Big Ben and started the evening with a very big drink in the 30 degree heat. We met two charming Canadians there, who promised to look up the band’s website, so off to a good start. We trotted off to find Black Rod’s Garden Entrance, asked a policemen if we were nearly there and nearly got arrested for stepping onto the first cobble stone of the entrance to the Houses of Parliament! Found our entrance further along the road and joined a jolly queue of fellow fund raisers and started to chat to everyone – Sue entertained them all by stripping off her sensible boots and socks to put on staggering high heels. Sue had also brought along our ‘More Than Brass’ CD, and we so wished that we’d taken a whole stack of them because people were so interested and would have bought them there and then.
We talked to lots of regional fund raising groups and quite a few showed an interest in possibly hosting a concert for Boobs & Brass to perform at. After imbibing rather a lot of lovely chilled white wine and hoovering up the canapes (we were both starving), Sue and I stood on the terrace of the Cholmondley (pronounced Chumley) Rooms and looked at the London vista of Big Ben behind us, the London Eye in front of us and the boats chugging along the Thames and felt very privileged to be in such a great historic building for such a special evening.
House of Lords 2012
We saw the Breast Cancer Campaign awards being presented, which included recognition of individuals running marathons and climbing mountains for hundreds and thousands of pounds and also the contribution of huge corporate donations to the tune of millions. We then listened to the personal story of a young woman who had been found to have the genes that increase the risk of developing breast cancer by 80%. Her candid account of her emotional journey and physical adjustment to undergoing a double mastectomy and discovering to her delight that there were no breast cancer cells present was both humbling and inspiring. Two other people we met had a similar impact on us. Kirste Bowman’s mum and husband were at the event and we spoke together about Kirste and all that she had achieved in her life before Breast Cancer finally claimed her. There was much laughter and it was lovely to meet them, surrounded by so many people all committed to fighting this horrible disease, exchanging ideas and experiences.
Our two hours sped by and all too quickly Sue was putting her boots back on and we went our separate ways to return home to Grimsby and Leicester. Thank you both for giving us the privilege to represent the Band and we both said it would be something we would always remember.