Let’s get lippy!

Need an excuse to buy a new lippy?

Of course you don’t – lipsticks are like handbags, you can never have too many. And even better, unlike handbags they’re not going to break the bank…

But if you’re looking for a good reason to add to your collection, how about this for one of the best?

Throughout May, a new campaign by the Eve Appeal will be encouraging women – and men! – to #GetLippy by speaking up about the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers and helping to raise funds for life-saving research.

And there’s even a national Get Lippy Day coming up towards the end of month.

The Girls Around Town are definitely going to #GetLippy (nothing new there, then!) and here’s how can you get involved too…

First you need to buy that new lipstick or lip balm, of course – the Eve Appeal has teamed up with various beauty retailers  who’ve all pledged to put a percentage of the sale price towards gynae cancer research. Take your pick from the list of products here, buy your lippy in store or online as shown and at least 10 per cent of the purchase price will be donated to the charity.

Then pucker up and post your best “pout and shout” selfie on social media, using the hashtag #GetLippy, and don’t forget to nominate a friend to do the same.

You can also make a £3 donation to the charity by texting LIPPY to 70660*. And why not go one step further by signing up for a free campaign pack and getting a group of colleagues and friends together to take part in Get Lippy Day on Friday 25 May?

Every year in the UK alone, more than 21,000 women are diagnosed with one of the five gynaecological cancers and, sadly, 21 women lose their battle each day. But awareness levels of these cancers are far too low so come on ladies, it’s time to #GetLippy with the Girls Around Town!

And please share your selfies on the GAT Facebook page too – you never know, we might even manage to find a little treat for the best one…

*Each text costs a donation amount of £3 plus network charge. The Eve Appeal receives 100 per cent of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Charity No 1091708 (Eng and Wales) SCO42612 (Scotland).

Gynae cancers – spotting the signs and minimising the risks

Almost everyone knows someone someone affected by breast cancer. And thousands of us help raise funds for research by running or walking in honour of those we’ve lost.

But did you know that, in the UK alone, over 21,000 women are diagnosed with one of the five gynaecological cancers – womb, ovarian, cervical, vaginal and vulval – every year?

And sadly, 21 women lose their battle each day…

In the second hour of next week’s show, the Girls Around Town will be joined by guests Cherry Davis and Dr Suha Deen to talk about the importance of raising awareness of these cancers and how spotting the signs early can help save lives.

Cherry will be sharing her own story, from diagnosis through to recovery, while Dr Deen – a gynae cancer specialist based at Notttingham University Hospital – will be explaining why early diagnosis is vital and giving her perspective on some of the ways to minimise the risks.

Earlier in the show, there’ll be more wellbeing advice from Fiona who’ll be encouraging everyone to ‘slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen and slap on a hat’ this summer…

We’re all aware of the damaging effects of strong sun these days. But it seems we’re getting so good at avoiding the sun that vitamin D levels (made in our bodies when we’re exposed to sunlight) are much lower than in the past.

Did you know, for example, that an estimated 40 per cent of children now have vitamin D levels below the recommended amount?

Tune in or listen online from 10am next Sunday to hear Fiona talking about why you need to build up a good store of vitamin D over the summer and sharing her tips on how to do just that, without risking your skin.