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 parent’s committee at our son’s 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.

            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.

              Sally Collier

              I have always enjoyed organising events and fund raising, Breast Cancer is very close to my heart.
              My mum and one of my best friends are both survivors, without the wonderful care and support of the NHS and their brilliant support staff it could have been a very different story. I have also lost friends to this terrible disease and am passionate about doing as much as I can to help.

                Marian Reynolds

                After selling my fashion business of 25 years I found myself at a bit of a loose end. One of my friends was on the Lunch4Life committee so I knew about the amazing work they were doing and so I started to help her collect auction prizes:- eventually getting more and more involved.
                I am now on the committee and enjoying every minute of it, working hard trying to help people less fortunate than myself.

                  Karin Small

                  I have known Lorna for 15 years, when she began her charitable works at the Wentworth Club. I had the pleasure of working with her on these events and getting to know her and Lorna has become a very good friend.
                  I admire her amazing spirit and continued determination to give back to the medical institutions that helped her through her cancer journey.
                  Lorna has worked tirelessly for this cause over the years, and I would love to be able to assist in any way I can, on her committee.

                    Jo-An Price

                    The words ‘Breast Cancer’ are not only frightening for those who receive the diagnosis but extends to all their family and friends. We all know someone who has been through this nightmare and we are so very grateful for those who are the ever-increasing number of survivors.

                    I will never forget the few weeks when I was tested after discovering a lump followed by the wait for the result – the worst ten days of my life -and I promised myself I would do something to help. So, here I am – and old friend of Lorna whose fund-raising I have admired for years -now joining ‘The Team’. My main aim , as a journalist, is to seek greater awareness and publicity to continue to raise the profile of Lunch4Life and in doing so raise more support and money to help in the on-going battle against cancer.