Pilates and tutus for breast cancer

Pilates and tutus for breast cancer.

Raising funds for the Haven in Steff's Kitchen at Fairweather's Garden Centre.

Steff on the BarreSomething quite different took place in Steff’s Kitchen at Fairweather’s Garden Centre in Beaulieu. There were lots of ladies dressed in pink, wearing tutus doing Barre Pilates in aid of The Haven, a charity that supports anyone affected by breast cancer.


Organiser Juliet Nicholas, of Juliets Pilates in Beaulieu, teaches barre Pilates, which is a fusion of ballet inspired moves incorporated with Pilates. Money was raised for the Haven, a charity that is very close to the heart of Steff Fairweather, who was affected with breast cancer and used the Haven whilst going through treatment.


Everyone outside after the eventOver half a million people in the UK are now living with breast cancer and this figure is expected to double by 2030. The good news is that earlier diagnoses, better research and more effective clinical treatments, mean that survival rates are improving. But that also means that more people are living with the disease and its effects longer. The Haven offers a wide range of emotional, physical and practical support services for free, including over 40 complementary therapies, counselling, nutritional advice, exercise classes, financial advice and support groups. They also run a range of courses and seminars. Everyone is welcome at any of their centres and there is no need for a referral. Everyone who is affected by breast cancer needs some additional support to get them through it, whether recently diagnosed, completed treatment, or with a relative or close friend with breast cancer. 


ladies looking glam on the barreThe evening consisted of pilates, nibbles and a selection of wines chosen especially from Helen McGinn, a wine expert and author of the bestselling book and blog ‘The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club’. The wines were from the Solent Cellar in Lymington, one particular favourite was a Provencal Rose made by the founder of Tyrells crisps, William Chase. Helen did a small talk and gave a few tips on picking a perfect wine to accompany summer food.


Antonia Boulton, a registered Osteopath and Nutritional Health Coach provided a selection of nibbles and the ingredients were specially chosen to help reduce inflammation and to help build a strong and healthy body. These included- spinach hummus, feta with watermelon and mint, wild salmon pate and to finish a raw chocolate fudge & strawberries with vanilla cashew cream.


It was a fun filled night, raising £660 for the Haven.


Pam Healy, Chief Executive of the Haven attended in a full pink tutu to say a few words and thanked Steff’s Kitchen and the women of Beaulieu for their support and for creating such a fun evening. 


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