A MAMMA MIA-themed charity night will be held at Belbroughton Church Hall tomorrow, to raise funds for Endometriosis UK and Ovarian Cancer Action UK.
Vicki Shattock and Jessica Savva from Savva Bars and Catering, who both suffer from endometriosis, have organised the event with the help of Tracey Aldred who is transforming the room into a scene from the hit film.
An Abba tribute act will perform, there will be cocktails and Greek feasting boards and all 120 guests will be dressed as a character from Mamma Mia or Abba with a prize for the best-dressed person.
Endometriosis, which affects more than 1.5million girls and women of child-bearing age in the UK, is a chronic and debilitating condition.
It is caused by cells and tissue, similar to the lining of the womb, being found in other places, including the fallopian tubes and ovaries, causing chronic pain, depression and an inability to conceive.
Vicki has struggled with the condition since primary school and has had five operations and many different treatments to try to manage the pain. Last April she had a hysterectomy in a bid to ease the symptoms.
“I was 35 which is considered very young for the procedure but after years of pain, time off school and work, relationship issues as a consequence, constant fatigue and endless appointments to try and solve the pain this was my last resort.
“This however, is not the solution for everyone and I still have ongoing health issues, which I believe are a consequence of the impact endometriosis has had on my body.”
Vicki added although information about endometriosis was now more readily available, many people were still unaware of the condition or the impact it had.
Her charity night, during Endometriosis Awareness Month, is aimed at highlighting the effects of the condition and also Ovarian Cancer Action.
Although Vicki or her family and friends had not been directly affected by Ovarian Cancer, she said thousands of women worldwide were diagnosed with it every year.
Women affected by ovarian cancer will be attending the event tomorrow and Vicki added she wanted to raise as much cash as she could to support the two causes as both received little funding.
The event is also a show of support for the women whose lives are affected by the conditions.
Jessica added: “We recognise that both of these need further research and we feel privileged to host an event to raise funds so more can be done to support and improve the lives of sufferers and their families.”
Two of Vicki’s friends – Elizabeth Wakeley and Teresa Baker who work for Barclays Bank – are match-funding up to £1,000 each so they are all hoping to raise around £2,000 for each cause.