Natasha with Emma Barry Murphy. Photo: Gerard McCarthy

Fashion and information come together

Now if you don’t start off your Monday at a coffee morning in the luxury of the Dean Hotel with a group of fabulous people, then are you even living?

West Cork-based luxury active wear company Gym Grow Gain hosted a coffee morning at The Dean Hotel aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month last Monday and it set me up for the week with positive feel good vibes.

As part of Gym Grow Gain’s support of Think Pink month 2022, 100% of the sale of their pink leggings across the entire month of October will be donated directly to the charity. If you haven’t tried these leggings yet, then you should.

They are a must for any gym goer. I have the pink pair myself and they do not slip down (thanks to the anti-slip bands) which for me is the ultimate test of a good workout legging.

Speakers at the coffee morning included the founders of Gym Grow Gain as well as Breast Cancer Ireland representative Juliette O’ Connell. Juliette gave an informative talk on the importance of breast health awareness together with an outline of the genuine difference that Gym Grow Gain’s Think Pink month initiatives will make.

Speaking about the event, CEO of Breast Cancer Ireland Aisling Hurley said: “As Ireland's leading breast cancer charity, we are always delighted to receive support from small Irish family-owned businesses, particularly those businesses rooted in a belief that businesses can be both successful, environmentally friendly, and sustainable, like Gym Grow Gain.

“We are ever so grateful for today’s coffee morning and for the fundraising drive throughout the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, whereby sales of the Gym Grow Gain pink leggings will go directly towards helping to fund our complimentary education and awareness outreach programmes, given to women, and men, all across the country. These programmes will help educate groups on the 8 signs and symptoms of the disease, highlighting the importance of early detection, ultimately saving lives into the future.”

There is also an app you can download to your phone that will send you a reminder to do your monthly breast check.

I was amazed to find out that there are eight different signs and I have already downloaded the app.

Gym Grow Gain is a small family run business and they said: “As a Cork based company, we are delighted to hold our coffee morning in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland in The Dean Hotel, Cork, which is one of Cork’s newest and most vibrant hotels. Breast Cancer Ireland undertakes essential research and provides much needed education and awareness programmes across Ireland, and we are honoured to be holding a coffee morning for such a worthy charity.

“As a women's wear brand, we are keen to promote women's health, hence, this October we are Thinking Pink and 100% of the profits from the sale of our pink leggings throughout October will be donated to Breast Cancer Ireland.”

A full room of guests, Breast Cancer Ireland fundraisers, fashionistas and influencers attended the event at The Dean Hotel and we were treated to mimosas followed by an array of delicious breakfast pastries, treats and refreshments.

Every Monday should include coffee and pastries and informative chats!