West Dunbartonshire’s MP Martin Docherty-Hughes added a dash of pink to their usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser, which takes place on Friday 18 October.
Local MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is calling for their constituents across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale to join him in 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.
Since launching in 2002, wear it pink has raised over £33 million thanks to the generous support of fundraisers – helping to fund vital breast cancer research and support in Scotland and across the UK.
Martin met with supporters of the charity in parliament, and heard from people affected by breast cancer who shared their experiences of dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
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.
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said: “A cancer diagnosis can be devastating and daunting. I’m grateful to Breast Cancer Now for meeting with me and to those affected by this terrible disease for sharing their experiences.
“Cancer affects many families across Clydebank, Dumbarton and the Vale – which is why I’m encouraging my constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day on Friday 18 October.
“The money raised by this event has such a huge impact, helping 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.”
Kate, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2015, 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 campaign. 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, Martin 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.”
Wear it pink on 18 October and raise funds for breast cancer research and support. Visit www.wearitpink.org/mp to register and claim your free fundraising pack.