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The UK will be lit purple in aid pancreatic cancer awareness

Posted by: Comms 12 October 2014

The spotlight will be on towns and cities across the UK on 1st November 2014, marking the start of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, when iconic landmarks will be lit purple and supporters will gather to illuminate purple glow sticks.

This is part of national charity Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Purple Lights for Hope initiative whereby people across the UK will celebrate with those who have survived pancreatic cancer, as well as remember those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Purple Lights for Hope events provide an opportunity for friends and families to come together to share their stories and unite in their commitment to fight pancreatic cancer.

Anyone interested in holding a Purple Lights for Hope event can either organise for a local landmark or venue to be illuminated purple, or hold a more personal and low key event in their back garden or local park and show their support by lighting the night sky with purple glow sticks.

Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of all of the 21 most common cancers in the UK with only around 4% of people diagnosed surviving five years or more. This figure has hardly changed in 40 years. It is the 5th most common cause of cancer death in the UK. It is predicted that by 2030 pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer as the 4th most common cancer killer. 

Alex Ford, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK says; “Purple Lights for Hope is a very effective yet poignant way of raising awareness on a local level as well as allowing those who may have been affected by this disease to come together on the first night of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month to gain both comfort and encouragement from each other.

“On behalf of everyone at Pancreatic Cancer UK I would like to say a huge thank you to all  those involved in Purple Lights for Hope.”

On 1st November, supporters will be uploading photos and updates from across the UK to the charity’s social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #purplelights.