As we showcase our support for the upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, actress Elizabeth Hurley announces the opening of a new support centre in London.
The Global Ambassador for The Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Campaign, Elizabeth Hurley officially opened Future Dreams House; a relaxing space for those touched by breast cancer to get the vital physical, emotional and practical support and advice they need. Spread across four different floors, this support centre will act as a non-clinical haven for the thousands of people that are affected by breast cancer to form friendships and find support from the community.
In honour of the opening of Future Dreams House, Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) donated £500,000 over five years to support the work of breast cancer charity, Future Dreams. This funding was put towards the refurbishing of the Central London site in Kings Cross, into a relaxing help and advice centre for those experiencing breast cancer.
Future Dreams was founded in 2008 when mother and grandmother, Sylvie Henry and daughter Danielle Leslie, were both diagnosed with breast cancer. With the shared concern for the future of Danielle’s 3 year old daughter would suffer the same illness, the mother and daughter duo formed the charity with just £100. Since then, Future Dreams has raised over £6.5 million for research, support and awareness.
Talking more in-depth about the work of the Future Dreams House, Hurley said: “Visitors will be able to access practical breast cancer support services including bra and wig fitting advice, body image and confidence workshops, yoga and nutritional advice. All activities will be booked in advance and the majority of sessions will be streamed online so everyone can be involved, regardless of where they live.”
Spencer Leslie, Future Dreams trustee and husband of founder Danielle Leslie who sadly passed from breast cancer, said: “We are so grateful to the generosity and hard work of Future Dreams supporters, including Estée Lauder Companies, in helping turn our vision to create a welcoming space that everyone touched by breast cancer can go to for help and advice into a reality.” He added: “Our challenge over the next 12 months is to raise further funds to ensure we can continue to offer the range of services those going through breast cancer desperately need, particularly with the impact of Covid.”
The opening saw an array of support from well-known faces, including Elizabeth Hurley, the ‘& Then Came Breast Cancer’ podcast host, Victoria Derbyshire, Leanne Pero founder of Black Women Rising and Lauren Mahon founder of Girl vs. Cancer, President of ELC UK & Ireland Sue Fox, alongside Spencer Leslie and his daughter Amy Leslie.