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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 11, 2017 5:02 PM

Politicians wear it pink for breast cancer fundraiser

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, put on a pink rosette, to show his support to Breast Cancer Now's flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October as well as raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Lloyd is encouraging the public constituents across Eastbourne & Willingdon to join him and sign up to take part in the UK's biggest pink fundraiser. The initiative, which takes place during October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its 16th year and has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now's life-saving research.

Stephen showed his support for the thousands of women and men affected by breast cancer each year, encouraging people across the UK to take part on wear it pinkday.

Anyone can take part in wear it pink, which brings together schools, workplaces and communities. All you need to do is wear something pink, or hold a pink event at home, work or school, and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now. Whatever you do, you'rehelping the charity achieve its aim that, if we all actnow, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancerwill live.

Stephen Lloyd MP said:

"Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. This is why I'm urging everyone in our town to take part in wear it pink on Friday 20 October. It's a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now's vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love."

He added: "Like many people, I've had a few good friends develop breast cancer themselves over the last few years, so any research that can succeed in beating this dreadful illness has to be a good thing. In fact I will be visiting the Eastbourne DGH shortly to learn more about our own mammogram machine, and the fantastic work the hospital does in fighting breast cancer."

Also in attendance with Stephen was Sky News presenter and former Olympic gymnast Jacquie Beltrao. Jacquie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, is lending her support to wear it pink in the hope that thousands of people across the country will take part in the event.

Jacquie Beltrao said:

"I'm very proud to support wear it pink; it's a great excuse to dress up in pink and have some fun while raising money for a really important cause. I have had breast cancer myself and following my diagnosis and treatment have become incredibly passionate about raising awareness and funds for research.

To take part in wear it pink this October, please visit wearitpink.org/2017 for further details, fundraising ideas and how to register for your free fundraising pack.