Committee

While undergoing extensive treatment for breast cancer, Lorna Ponti learned from her surgeon of the local need for new equipment for the Ashford & St Peter’s Breast Care Unit. With her recovery underway, Lorna asked friends to help her raise funds toward the purchase of the required equipment. Thus the Lunch4Life Committee was formed, and their first luncheon and auction was held at the beautiful Wentworth Club in February 2007.

    Lorna Ponti

    After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, I called on the support of my husband, son, family and friends to help me through a difficult time in my life on the road to recovery. I really wanted to establish some way to raise funds not only to help others combat the disease, but also to provide greater awareness of cancer in all its forms to both the young and old. I therefore decided to set up Lunch4Life with the help and much valued assistance of some of my very close near and dear friends who make up the committee. Initially, Lunch4Life’s primary focus was to generate funds for the improvement of breast cancer facilities in our local hospitals, in the hope that the money we raised could provide better treatment and care for those diagnosed. We endeavour to carry on fundraising for this worthy cause.

        Mary Mitchell

        I am a mother of three young men, and work at an international school. A perpetual volunteer, I met Lorna when we worked together on the parents’ committee at our sons’ school. Wanting to do something to help those who had helped her during her illness, we started simply – or so we thought – by organising a fundraising lunch. We couldn’t have predicted the outpouring of support we received from so many people. Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” The continuing generosity of our supporters, year after year, allows us do what we do, and is the cornerstone of Lunch4Life.

            Andrea Grima

            My breast cancer diagnosis at just 47 came as a shock, yet looking back now, there is an element of inevitability, I should have been more aware of. My Mum was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 58 and thanks to early detection and wonderful treatment, she is well and has been in remission for 10 years and counting. The work Lunch4Life has done over the years has always been close to my heart, and I have always helped out as a sponsor. Going forward, I am thrilled to have been asked to join the Lunch4Life committee and contribute to the fantastic work they do. I hope my recent first-hand experience will be an asset to the cause, and my wish is to help those of us affected by cancer, and the unsung heroes on the front line, looking for a cure and treating and caring for people like Mum and me.

                Zara Redhead

                Married with one son, director of a demolition and plant hire company. I love languages, holidays, animals, keeping fit and dining out. I am passionate about Lunch 4 Life as I have several friends with cancer, some of whom I have lost. It is fund raising and the charities like this that makes us realise how important it is to be aware. There before the grace of God go I. It can happen to anyone of us.

                    Aileen Kean

                    ‘Over the last few years, I’ve observed and admired the excellent achievements of the Lunch4Life initiative. I’m lucky enough to have been able to attend all of the annual functions, where I have seen/appreciated the efforts of the supporters of Lorna’s wonderful charity. Charity is giving; and so many people have given very generously. Having seen how breast cancer impacted, and still impacts my friend Lorna, her charity is close to my heart. It’s an honour to be invited to help the committee, and to play a very small part in giving’

                        Helen Salmon

                        I have known Lorna for more than 20 years and have always admired her work and dedication to her charity fund raising. Indeed, I have attended the Balls at Wentworth in the past and it is with great pleasure that I am now realising my wish to contribute and be part of the team in working towards the success of such a worthwhile cause.

                            Jane Gales

                            My husband, David, and I have supported Lunch4Life for several years and I have been close to some of the lovely ladies on the committee for a long time. I have a number of friends and family with breast cancer, and had a few lumps, cysts, and a breast tumour myself although thankfully benign. My family and I take my sister-in-law Karen, who had breast cancer nine years ago and who now has secondary terminal cancer, for her fortnightly chemo and other appointments. Sadly, David’s first wife died of breast cancer, which has had a huge impact on him and on my step children. It is for these reasons that I have decided to join the committee.