Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, added a dash of pink to his usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser, which takes place on Friday 18th October.
Since its launch in 2002, wear it pink has raised over £33 million, and Giles is calling for Clacton constituents to join him by signing up for wear it pink and helping to make possible life-saving breast cancer research, and life changing support for those affected by the disease. Anyone can take part in wear it pink. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle, and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace. No matter how people chose to wear it pink, all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support. Visit wearitpink.org to register and claim your free fundraising pack.
Joining Giles for the event in Parliament were four Breast Cancer Now supporters who have been affected by breast cancer, including Kate, from Worthing, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2015. She said:
“When I was diagnosed my world turned up-side down. Secondary breast cancer means that it has spread to other parts of the body, making it incurable ― but for me it’s treatable for some time. It’s truly incredible how breast cancer treatments have advanced over the years and it really gives me hope for the future.
“It is so important that we continue to raise money, so that nobody will lose their lives to this devastating disease in the future. This is why I’m calling for everyone to take a stand against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink on Friday 18 October. It’s a great way of raising vital funds for breast cancer research for the future, and care for those affected by the disease now.”
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, said:
“Breast cancer still affects so many of us, and our goal as a charity is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live and be supported to live well. The money raised from wear it pink is so crucial to this helping us to fund vital breast cancer research and support for those affected by the disease.
“We hope that by wearing pink, Giles will encourage more people to wear it pink in on 18 October and help us to continue to fund vital breast cancer research and support.”
“Every year in the UK around 55,000 women and around 350 men are given the devastating news that they have breast cancer, and I know that virtually every family is affected at one time or another by this evil disease. Indeed, my own grandmother died as a result of breast cancer. She was from another time and thankfully we have since made great strides, and that is why I’m encouraging my constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day on Friday 18th October.
“The money raised by this wonderful event has such a huge impact, allowing Breast Cancer Now to fund vital research and support for those living with a diagnosis. I hope that everybody will wear it pink this October and support this very important cause.”