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Mills and Boon writers help battle against breast cancer

PUBLISHED: 16:07 04 October 2018

Romantic author Pam Brooks, who writes under the name of Kate Hardy; Photo: Bill Smith; Copy: Rowan Mantell; For: Archant; Archant © 2010; 01603 772434

Romantic author Pam Brooks, who writes under the name of Kate Hardy; Photo: Bill Smith; Copy: Rowan Mantell; For: Archant; Archant © 2010; 01603 772434

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Romantic novelists will be collecting cash for breast cancer charities at Asda stores in Norwich and Bury St Edmunds

Pamela Brooks has written 85 Mills and Boon novels as Kate Hardy   Picture: Mills & BoonPamela Brooks has written 85 Mills and Boon novels as Kate Hardy Picture: Mills & Boon

Losing her mum to breast cancer meant a Norfolk Mills and Boon novelist was first in the queue to support a supermarket charity collection.

Fictional doctors, nurses, hospitals and emergencies have often featured in Pamela Brooks’ books.

This weekend she is raising money for real medical research.

Pamela, who has written 85 Mills and Boon books under the name Kate Hardy, will be leading a supermarket collection for breast cancer charities.

Pippa Roscoe  Picture: Pippa RoscoePippa Roscoe Picture: Pippa Roscoe

“My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 34 and died when she was 41, six weeks before my 21st birthday,” said Pamela, of Costessey, near Norwich. “So I’ve always been very keen to support fundraising for cancer research and as soon as Mills and Boon mentioned they’d like authors to collect, I was probably the first to come back and say I’d do it.”

Pamela began writing Mills and Boon books when her baby daughter was ill in hospital one Christmas. To escape the worry of the wards she began dreaming up a romantic novel – which became her first Mills and Boon book. Since then more than 50 of her 85 Mills and Boon books have been medical romances. Her daughter, now 17, will be joining her to collect money for breast cancer charities at Asda, on Drayton High Road, Norwich, on Saturday October 6, 10am-1pm.

Fellow Mills and Boon author Pippa Roscoe will be collecting in the Bury St Edmunds Asda on Sunday October 7, 11am-2pm.

She worked on the BBC’s Holby City before becoming a Mills and Boon editor, and then writing her own romances.

Pippa, of Dickleburgh, near Diss, has had two Mills and Boon books published, with two more due out next year. “In my second book, A Ring to Take His Revenge, the heroine underwent a double mastectomy at the age of 17 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Her journey towards fully accepting herself, her body and her desires was very important to me,” said Pippa.

Pamela and Pippa are just two of the romantic novelists who will be supporting Asda’s breast cancer campaign Tickled Pink. Mills and Boon will also donate 40p per Mills and Boon book sold at Asda this month to Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care.

Joanna Rose of Mills and Boon said: “We know that many of our authors and readers, and their friends and familes, have been affected, directly or indirectly, by breast cancer, and we are delighted to be able to support this important and worthy cause. Mills and Boon books are written by women for women, and it is fitting that we are working with Asda to help fight a disease that affects so many women every year.”

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