A breast cancer charity launched this week in memory of a mum-of-two who succumbed to the disease.

Rosie Choueka died in June last year aged 38, after losing her battle against breast cancer. In her memory, around 200 friends and family – together with celebrity patron Peter Capaldi – launched the charity Secondary1st on Tuesday night at Bristows, the central London law firm where Rosie worked.

Trustee Craig Fisher, who is in charge of fundraising for Secondary1st, said he was pleased by the “encouraging” response to the charity so far. “We’ve had some lovely feedback and I think the medical patrons we’ve attracted can put us on the map as a credible, respectable charity.”

Rosie Choueka

Rosie Choueka

The charity raised more than £25,000 ahead of its official launch, and is partnered with Breast Cancer Now to channel money into research. This will fund Professor Andrew Tutt at the Institute of Cancer Research, who is developing new drugs to prevent aggressive forms of cancer returning and developing into secondary breast cancer.

Fisher added: “Currently not enough research is being done into secondary breast cancer, but we can change that.”
Rosie wrote about her experiences in a blog, Fighting Genghis.