Claire Stokes, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, just three weeks after baby son Ethan was born. After Claire’s initial chemotherapy treatment in June 2012, the family were devastated to be told that the cancer had returned and Claire began her ongoing battle to survive.
Claire’s husband, Chef Robbie Stokes, previously Burj Al Arab’s Chef de Cuisine and Executive Chef at Al Badia Golf Club in Dubai was already well-known throughout the region for successfully raising breast cancer awareness through his initiative ‘The Pink Brigade’. Sadly, Claire passed away in January 2015 just before her 40th birthday.
The Pink Brigade have successfully raised money and awareness to support Breast Cancer charities through the sale of bespoke Chefs Jackets emblazoned with the breast cancer awareness pink ribbon symbol. Many of Dubai’s Chefs wear these jackets today with pride, thanks to Chef Robbie and his dedication to Claire’s memory.