The proceeds from a recent ball hosted by Roberts Bakery in aid of The Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Appeal will help to fund a major study in to genetic factors that could cause breast cancer.

The ball, which was held at Cranage Hall in Holmes Chapel in September, raised £23,000 for Genesis – a charity dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer. The money will fund the first year’s work of PhD researcher Franchesca Gifford and provide state-of-the-art PCR equipment for the study into genetic variants and breast density. These are both believed to be factors that can cause breast cancer.

The three-year study, which will be undertaken at the School of Biomedicine at the University of Manchester and will involve 10,000 women, aims to work out which genetic variants are linked to breast tissue density and breast cancer.

Roberts Bakery’s Lindsay Occleston Roberts said: “I am absolutely delighted that the proceeds from the ball have contributed towards such a vital and groundbreaking piece of research. I myself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, so I am extremely enthusiastic about this study, which has the potential to predict risk and help many thousands of women avoid this awful disease in the future.”