Politics goes pink for breast cancer

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Local MPs are encouraging their constituents to ditch the day-to-day colours and pull on some pink to support charity.

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield and Simon Kirby, MP for Peacehaven, are encouraging residents to take part in ‘Wear It Pink’ on Friday, October 23 in a bid to raise money for the life-saving Breast Cancer Now.

Both local politicians joined fellow parliamentarians in wearing pink in Westminster this week to encourage people across the UK to get involved in the successful, nationwide event.

Maria Caulfield MP said: “As a cancer nurse, I felt wear it pink was a great way to raise awareness of breast cancer.

“Right now, breast cancer is at a tipping point. Every year in the UK, around 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and sadly, nearly 12,000 women still lose their lives to the disease.

“This is why we must come together to support Breast Cancer Now’s cutting-edge research, and, in ‘Wear It Pink’, there is a fun and simple way for everyone to get involved.

“Together, we can make a big difference for women with breast cancer, now and in the future. I hope everyone in the community will join me in wearing it pink on Friday, October 23 and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.”

Simon Kirby MP said: “Wear It Pink is now in its 14th year and raises around £2 million a year for great causes. I am encouraging everyone in Peacehaven to take part and Wear It Pink on October 23.”

Launched in June 2015 with the ambition of ensuring that no one dies from the disease by 2050, Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

Everybody is able to join in ‘Wear It Pink’, simply by wearing the colour and making a donation to the cause. For more information or to register, visit www.wearitpink.org.

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