Newcastle North MP, Catherine McKinnell has once again added a hint of pink to her usual Parliamentary attire, to show her support for Breast Cancer Now’s annual wear it pink fundraiser, which this year is taking place on 18th October.
Since launching in 2002, wear it pink has raised over £33 million. Catherine is calling for their constituents to join her, by signing up for wear it pink and helping to make possible lifesaving breast cancer research and life-changing support for those affected by the disease.
Joining Catherine at a recent wear it pink event in Parliament were were four Breast Cancer Now supporters who have been affected by breast cancer, including Kate, from Worthing, was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2015.
‘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.’
Catherine McKinnell said:
‘Every year in the UK, around 55,000 women and 350 men are given the devastating news that they have breast cancer – and our country sadly still has one of the lowest survival rates in Western Europe. This year alone, around 11,500 women will lose their lives to this terrible disease.
‘That’s why I’m encouraging my constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day on 18th October, because the money raised 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.’
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, Catherine 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.’
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. Those wishing to join in should visit wearitpink.org/mp to claim their free fundraising pack.
In April 2019, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now merged to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, united around the shared ambition that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well. Every wear it pink donation will help towards this goal.