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Pancreatic Cancer UK head to the Welsh Assembly

Posted by: Policy and campaigning 7 November 2014

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month event at the Welsh Assembly

Remember, remember the 5th November…. This year November 5th wasn’t just Guy Fawkes night – it was the day we held our first event in the Welsh Assembly!

At a lunchtime reception designed to coincide with Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, we made a bang by bringing together a mix of pancreatic cancer patients, family members, clinicians and nurses treating the disease, researchers studying ways to diagnose pancreatic cancer at an earlier stage (including Dr Catherine Hogan whose research we have funded through our Research Innovation Fund), and other representatives of cancer charities operating in Wales.

We are pleased to say that we were also joined by a number of Assembly Members and their staff, who came along to learn more about the disease and what more needs to be done to improve pancreatic cancer awareness, diagnosis, research, treatment and care in Wales.

David Melding Am SpeakingSo thank you to David Melding AM, who hosted and spoke at the event; to Peter Black AM, Julie James AM, William Graham AM, David Rees AM, and Elin Jones AM for attending (in fact Ms Jones went straight into the Assembly meeting afterwards and asked a question about improving early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer – click here and scroll down to 13:51 to read); this meant that all four political parties were represented.

And thank you also to Anne Jones AM, Lynne Neagle AM, Darren Millar AM and Suzie Davies AM who, even though they couldn’t be there due tom other commitments made sure they were represented by their staff members who would then report back to them.

We also need to say a big thank you to local supporters Linda ReardElin Jones Am And Alex Fordon, Steve Lewis and family, Chantelle Sobey, Anna Palmieri, John Burns and Mandy Jones who have worked so tirelessly to push the pancreatic cause in Wales, and who helped to make this event happen.

All in all, the 5th November was a great success and certainly helped to raise the level of awareness of pancreatic cancer at the political level in Wales. We see it as a starting point and hope to press on from here in future.

(Thank you to John Burns for the photos)