Thank you for raising your voices this November

Celebrating another successful Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

1 December 2023

We have been blown away by all your amazing support this Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Here are just some of the highlights

Community Fundraising

We’ve been so inspired by the 2,377 incredible supporters who signed up raise vital funds and awareness this November, by fundraising in their local area.

They’ve taken on Challenge 24 in all weathers by walking, jogging or cycling 24 miles or taking on their own unique challenge in honour of the 24 people a day who die from pancreatic cancer in the UK, They’ve also held bake sales, bingo nights, raffles and more all to help raise vital funds that could help to transform how we detect, diagnose, treat and care for people with pancreatic cancer.

We are continually amazed by everything they have achieved and the effort they have gone to. Together, they’ve raised over £270,000 so far which could help fund research breakthroughs, saving thousands of lives every year.

A collage of supporters wearing purple PCUK t-shirts
A collage of our fantastic supporters for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

St PancrEas

For the seventh year, we were delighted to continue our partnership with High Speed 1 (HS1) turning St Pancras Station into St PancrEas station for the day, to raise much needed funds and awareness on World Pancreatic Cancer Day.

The evening was fantastic, and we are so thankful to our wonderful volunteers and the amazing Popchoir, who brought cheer and positivity to the daily commute.

This was our most successful St PancrEas yet, raising £4,411 in just two hours!

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by, travelled to see us and joined us online.

The wonderful Popchoir helping us raise awareness
The wonderful Popchoir helping us raise awareness

Purple Lights

As Purple Lights draws to a close this year, we are so thankful to all our lovely supporters who helped turn the UK purple, and those that took pictures for us all to see.

We had an amazing 164 light ups this year, including many personal light ups in memory of loved ones, landmarks such as the Christ Church in Chiswick, and even a dedicated Purple Lights walk in Perth.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part.

Don’t Write Me Off

We’ve had a massive impact with our Don’t Write Me Off campaign this Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

• At the time of writing we’re just 500 signatures off our 30,000 target for people signing our Don’t Write Me Off campaign! There’s still time to sign.

• Since 1 November, over 2,500 people have written to their representatives in parliaments across the UK to demand better.

• An amazing 1500 of our supporters have written to their MP to ask them to sign our Early Day Motion for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month – which is a kind of petition within Parliament for MPs to put their support on the record. This has resulted in an amazing 39 MPs signing up and demonstrating their support – the third most signed Early Day Motion of this parliamentary session. Ask your MP to sign.

• Senior NHS and government decision makers from across the UK have welcomed our campaign including the National Clinical Director for Cancer at NHS England, Peter Johnson and Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for NHS Recovery, Health and Social Care in Scotland. We’ve already secured a huge win for our campaign in Northern Ireland where the Department of Health has committed to delivering a faster and fairer pathway for people with pancreatic cancer.

• Our campaign has been featured over 160 times in newspapers, magazines and on TV

Our dedicated volunteers

Our volunteers are at the heart of engaging the community and have been amazing this November.

They have engaged new audiences by delivering presentations on our work and symptoms of pancreatic cancer; shared our symptoms quiz on social media and handed out symptoms awareness leaflets to pharmacies and so much more.

They also supported our St PancrEas event, and we could not have done it without them.

We are so grateful to all our amazing volunteers.

Staff and volunteers group picture at St Pancras station for St PancrEas
St PancrEas with our amazing volunteers and staff

Making the headlines

With your help, we’ve brought pancreatic cancer to the attention of millions of people across the UK through the media.

Whether highlighting our Don’t Write Me Off campaign to improve treatment and care, explaining why local landmarks became beacons of purple light, or raising awareness of symptoms, your stories have been instrumental to putting the deadliest common cancer on the news agenda. The Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Independent, BBC and ITV are just some of the outlets through which we have sparked national and local conversations about the disease this November.

Raising awareness of pancreatic cancer symptoms

This year, our symptoms awareness packs have been extremely popular among health professionals and members of the public. We have sent out over 900 packs – that’s over 15,000 publications!

Our presence online

This November, we have reached over 3.2 million people online!

We wouldn’t have reached this far if it wasn’t for everyone who helped spread the word by sharing our content, including our quiz on spotting symptoms of pancreatic cancer and our Don’t Write Me Off petition.

Thank you so much from the whole team at Pancreatic Cancer UK

PCUK staff on World Pancreatic Cancer Day