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Wear it Pink

(September 13, 2017)

Mark Hendrick MP for Preston has dressed in pink to lend his support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, ‘Wear it Pink’.  The Fundraiser which will see thousands of people across the UK adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday 20 October to raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Mark is encouraging his constituents in Preston to join him and sign up to take part in the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser. The event, which will 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.

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Mark joined by fellow parliamentarians in Westminster last week, showed his support for the thousands of women affected by breast cancer each year, encouraging people across the UK to take part on ‘Wear it Pink’ day.

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’re helping the charity achieve its aim that, if we all act now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

Mark 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 encouraging everyone in Preston to take part in ‘Wear it Pink’ on Friday 20 October to raise vital life-changing funds for ‘Breast Cancer Now’.

‘I’m proud to say last year fundraisers from Preston raised a huge £2,309, well above the amount raised in other towns and cities and I’m hoping that together we can top that total during this year’s event.

Also in attendance 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 whilst raising money for a really important cause. I have had breast cancer myself and following my diagnosis and treatment, I have become incredibly passionate about raising awareness and funds for research.

‘Wear it Pink has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now, which is incredible. The event raises funds for the charity’s world-class research, which will hopefully one day put a stop to this dreadful disease. That is why I’m asking people across the country join me, and the MPs who took part in Westminster, by adding a splash of pink to their outfits on wear it pink day and donating to Breast Cancer Now. I hope lots of people across the UK take part!’

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: ‘It is fantastic that so many MPs dressed up in pink at our Westminster event and we are really grateful for all of the support and enthusiasm shown. We hope that by wearing pink, Mark Hendrick will encourage his constituents in Preston to get involved in their local community and help us fund life-saving research this Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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.

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