Caroline attended an event in Parliament this week to show her continued support for World Cancer Day on Saturday 4 February, 2017.
Caroline met with representatives from seven of the UK’s leading charities who have joined forces to unite the nation and help people affected by cancer.
Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Now, CLIC Sargent, Anthony Nolan, Bowel Cancer UK and Marie Curie are calling on people in Romsey and Southampton North to show their support by wearing a Unity Band or donating.
By joining forces, the charities will make a bigger impact in transforming the lives of millions who are affected by cancer.
The Unity Bands are made of two parts, knotted together, to symbolise strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people join forces.
The bands are available from each charity on their websites, shops and other retail outlets for a suggested donation of £2. All money raised from the Unity Bands will go towards the charities individual work.
One in two people born in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.
Caroline said: “I’m calling on people in Romsey and Southampton North to join me by wearing a Unity Band, making a donation or spreading the word on social media in support of World Cancer Day on Saturday 4 February.
“Whatever your motivation – to remember a loved one, celebrate people who have overcome the disease, or to rally in support of those going through treatment – World Cancer Day is a chance to get involved and transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.”
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Notes to Editors
About Cancer Research UK
- Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
- Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
- Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on vital donations from the public.
- Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last forty years.
- Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.
- Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
- Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
- Cancer Research UK’s Unity Bands are available in all Cancer Research UK stores and online at www.cruk.org/worldcancerday for a suggested donation of £2.
- For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
About Breast Cancer Care
- When you have breast cancer, everything changes. Time becomes measured in appointments. The next scan. The next results. The next challenge.
- Breast Cancer Care understands the emotions, challenges and decisions you face every day. So, from the day you notice something’s not right to the day you begin to move forward, we’ll be here to help you through.
- Whether you want to speak to our nurses, download our specialist information or connect with volunteers who have faced what you are facing now, we can help you feel more in control.
- For care, support and information from day one, call us free on 0808 800 6000 or visit breastcancercare.org.uk
About Breast Cancer Now
- Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity – and we’re dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease.
- Right now, we’re funding around £23 million worth of ground-breaking research projects, supporting nearly 450 of the world’s brightest researchers at more than 30 institutions across the UK and Ireland. Together, they’re working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives.
- If we all act now, we believe that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live.
- We work with campaigners, MPs, and other stakeholders to improve access to breast cancer drugs and treatments, and to ensure that breast cancer is high on the political agenda.
About CLIC Sargent
- Today, 11 more children and young people in the UK will hear the devastating news that they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
- When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading charity for young cancer patients and their families. We provide specialist support, to help and guide each young cancer patient and their family. We will fight tirelessly for them, individually, locally and nationally. For more information, visit clicsargent.org.uk
- Wear your Unity Band® on 4 February 2017, World Cancer Day, as a symbol of support and unity for everyone affected by cancer. Get your Unity Band from 19 January 2017 online for a suggested donation of £2, at clicsargent.org.uk/WorldCancerDay also on sale in Wetherspoons pubs and Wallis stores for a suggested donation of £2.
About Anthony Nolan
- Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer. The charity uses its register to match potential stem cell donors to blood cancer and blood disorder patients in need of stem cell transplants. It also carries out pioneering research to increase stem cell transplant success, and supports patients through their transplant journeys.
- Every day Anthony Nolan gives three people a second chance at life. Find out more at anthonynolan.org
About Bowel Cancer UK
- Bowel Cancer UK is the UK’s leading bowel cancer research charity, determined to save lives and improve the quality of life for all those affected by bowel cancer. The charity supports and influences research, educates patients, the public and professionals about bowel cancer and campaigns for early diagnosis and best treatment and care for all those affected.
- Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer, affecting both men and women. Every 15 minutes in the UK someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer. That’s over 41,000 people every year.
- Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer. However, this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.
- Bowel Cancer UK’s unity bands are available online at bowelcanceruk.org.uk/worldcancerday for a £2 suggested donation.
- For more information, visit org.uk
- Follow us on social media Twitter @Bowel_Cancer_UK and Facebook charityBCUK
About Marie Curie – care and support through terminal illness
- Marie Curie is the UK’s leading charity for people with any terminal illness. The charity helps people living with a terminal illness and their families make the most of the time they have together by delivering expert hands-on care, emotional support, research and guidance.
- Marie Curie employs more than 2,700 nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals, and with its nine hospices around the UK, is the largest provider of hospice beds outside the NHS.
- If you have questions about terminal illness, need support or just want to talk, call the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309. It’s for anyone affected by terminal illness, including family and friends.
- For more information visit mariecurie.org.uk
- Like us at facebook.com/mariecurieuk
- Follow us on twitter.com/mariecurieuk