BBC’s Satnam Rana hosts Desi Chai morning for Macmillan Cancer Research

Last week we joined forces with the rest of the nation to present a Macmillan Coffee Morning at Shirley’s Indico Street Kitchen, a perfectly vibrant setting for a chat and a chai to raise money for a fantastic cause.

All the more poignant this year, given that the BBC’s Satnam Rana played host to this wonderful event. Satnam has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and gave an amazingly defiant speech on the subject. As Satnam prepares for surgery today, The Midland’s Today reporter is currently developing an incredibly honest and open video diary of her journey, in the hope of raising awareness and offering support to fellow sufferers.

Satnam says: ‘It has been amazing to see a charming crowd gather for our Desi Chai coffee morning. I am incredibly lucky to have a solid support system during this trying time and I am eager to spread the message that no one should go through cancer alone.’

And that she has done, women and men of all ages and cultures gathered over a warming chai tea and a generous selection of tasty Indian snacks and desserts to start conversation surrounding a subject so close to many of our hearts.

Co- host to Indico’s coffee morning, Anita Champaneri of Delicious PR says: ‘It was amazing to see such a bustling atmosphere at Indico. It is important we all get together and talk about cancer, especially the importance of self-checking which Satnam talked brilliantly about. Today is a worrying day as Satnam goes into surgery for her mastectomy so it’s even more important that we raise awareness together in the fight against cancer.”

To view Satnam’s view diary, please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-birmingham-41512831/why-is-cancer-a-taboo-in-black-and-asian-communities