York lights up purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

02 November 2017

Clifford’s Tower and the City Walls from Lendal Bridge to the War Memorial will be lit up in purple this week as part of the Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer campaign.

York resident, Jean Margaret Clark was the organiser of the lights, which will be lit up from today until 17th November.

The campaign calls on individuals and organisations across the UK to light focal points up purple in villages, towns and cities throughout November, which is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. This is to show support and to remember those who have sadly died of the disease, whilst also shining a spotlight on a disease which has historically lacked awareness and funding.

Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is supported by the charities Pancreatic Cancer Action, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland, Planets and CORE.

Jean said: “I am delighted that City of York Council have been able to organise these landmarks to light up purple to raise awareness of this disease which suffers from chronic lack of awareness.  I would also like to thank Rachael Maskell MP for her help and continued support.”

“Since been diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in 2013 I have tried to help raise awareness and fund raise. I was very lucky to be diagnosed early and responded well to treatment but many people are not as lucky. The survival rate is rising slowly but I hope that by helping people recognise the symptoms early that this will soon change.”

Around 9,600 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the UK each year. Sadly, less than 7% of people will survive beyond 5 years, and despite being the UK's fifth biggest cancer killer, the disease has received just 1.9 per cent of the UK cancer research budget per year.

Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer said “Pancreatic Cancer kills someone every hour and it has the lowest survival rate of the 22 most common cancers. It is vital that we rise awareness of this cruel disease. Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer is an eye-catching and effective way of raising awareness this November. Please lend your support to this fantastic cause. Your support really makes a difference.”

If you would like to take part or find out more about Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer, please visit purplelightsuk.org or email info@purplelights.org.uk

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