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Featured in 15: Cure & Cause

Join cultural curators from diverse backgrounds; artists, explorers and writers for 15 minutes as they each share their stories and personal perspectives on different themes. Featured in 15 brings the atmosphere of an intimate cocktail party with the most interesting of guests bound to make to question your preconceptions and make you smile along the way, all whilst sipping on a glass of what you fancy, a unique concept set to make Forest Hill a destination on the ginger line.

Featured in 15 have a female-centric feature on the 18th January as it’s also 100 years since women got the vote so felt it was a perfect time to celebrate Women. The founders of Featured in 15, Helen and Maya, always wanted to host a charity event and have a friend, Pip Majerski, who has stage 4 bowel cancer so the ticket proceeds of £10 per person will go towards the funds that Pip is raising for her cancer treatment. Pip will be a featured speaker sharing her story and raising awareness. The theme for January is Cure & Cause. The evening has a theme as a way of interlacing the diverse speakers and along with Pip, they have 4 other women who have in their own ways found a ‘cure’ for something in their personal lives, social issue or ‘cause’.

The event will be held on 18th January from 7pm at The Signal Pub, SE23 3HE and introduces 5 diverse speakers focused on the theme ‘Cure & Cause’. Visit the Featured in 15 website for more information.

Gabby Edlin Founder of Bloody Good Period
Bloody Good Period was started by Gabby Edlin who decided something needed to be done about the fact that very few food banks and asylum seeker drop-in centres were providing feminine hygiene products – despite a desperate need. What started as a whip-round on Facebook is now a growing enterprise with a vision to end period poverty.

Alice Gartland – A Lotus Rises
Alice is founder of A Lotus Rises, the Women’s Swimming Collective on a mission to increase visibility, access and participation of women in swimming. The name comes from the Chinese proverb “Out of the water A Lotus Rises” which is used to describe strong beautiful women in water

Mayoni Gooneratne, Dr Mayoni The Clinic
Dr Mayoni was just one year away from becoming a consultant when she quit her job at Lewisham Hospital. She ‘did the unthinkable’ — and quit the NHS, walking away from the career to which she had devoted her life. Mayoni made a brave decision to leave her life as a surgeon in seek of a career that supported women to find their own beauty and own it without cosmetic surgery.

Bex Band – Founder Love Her Wild
Bex Band left her job as a teacher to hike 1000km the full length of Israel. 1 year on, she is now a full time adventurer, sharing her advice and inspiration via her blog and living a nomadic lifestyle travelling from one expedition to the next. Founding  Love Her Wild  to offer opportunities and inspiration to help women find more adventure in their lives.

Wilford Social a shared love of the singer-songwriter tradition
Wilford Social is Bethie Hungerford (vocals), Mark Wilkins (guitar and vocals), Andre Roese (bass), and Carlos Basilisco (cajon and percussion). This summer the band played at Camp Bestival and Towersey Folk Festival as well as venues in London. Recent shows include the Bedford in Balham and the Looking Glass in Hackney for the charity Solace Women’s Aid.

Pip Majerski shares her battle with cancer
Pip was diagnosed 10 months ago with stage 4 bowel cancer. At just 48 years old the cancer has unfortunately spread to her liver so right now surgery isnt an option. However, along with chemotherapy to try and shrink the tumours she has been offered a newer treatment called monoclonal antibodies which target the tumour cells and turn off the growth factor to help them shrink. In addition this medication also increases the efficacy of the chemotherapy. Hopefully her tumours will shrink to allow for future surgery or at the very least allow for a good quality of life for as long as possible.

This drug is currently the gold standard treatment recommended by NICE. Sadly due to NHS funding rules she was only allowed a certain number of cycles for free, meaning that in order to continue she must fund this treatment herself which will cost £3,500 per month. She has set up a crowd funding page as part of an effort to raise enough money to allow her to have this treatment for one year.

You can donate to Pip’s funding page here: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/pip-majerski-1

Tickets £10 on the door from 7pm.

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