BROADCAST journalist Dawn O’Porter was celebrating the launch of a book that is ‘close to her heart’ at Dawn’s Best Friend’s Ball last Friday.
She was joined by a series of famous friends at last Friday event at London’s Bush Hall, which she organises annually in aid of breast cancer charities.
The 34 year old, whose mother Carol died of breast cancer at 36 when Dawn was aged seven, said of The Booby Trap and Other Bits and Boobs: “I am so proud of this book. It’s full of my favourite people and it’s about a subject very close to my heart, raising money for three fantastic charities.”
Celebrity contributors to the book include Dawn’s husband, actor Chris O’Dowd, singer Sophie Ellis Bextor, Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney, Melanie C and authors Laura Dockrill, Will Hill, James Dawson, Matt Whyman, The Vagenda and Lara Williamson.
A collection of stories, thoughts and confessions about breasts, edited by Dawn, the book was published last week and proceeds will be split between Breast Cancer Care, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and CoppaFeel. The Best Friends Ball launched Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Fridays campaign, and copies of the book were handed out at the event.
The writer has spoken of this being a poignant time for her, as next January she turns 35 – the age her mum was when she fell ill. She told the Daily Mail recently: “It has made me conscious of checking for lumps or changes. My mum’s granny also died of breast cancer in her 30s… but I don’t feel I’m doomed.”
Dawn, who lives between London and LA with Bridesmaids star husband Chris, has made a series of TV documentaries broaching subjects like polygamy, geishas and extreme diets.
In 2009 she made My Breasts Could Kill Me, a deeply personal exploration of breast cancer and the pros and cons of women having genetic testing for faulty genes that indicate a likelihood of developing the disease.
The Booby Trap and other Bits and Boobs (Hot Key Books) is in shops now.