SMR Column: Support "Wear it Pink" on October 25th for charity

Last week I was proud to be able to host the launch of the Wear It Pink Breast Cancer campaign in Parliament.   Wear it Pink takes place on Friday 25th October and helps raise vital funds for Breast cancer campaigns lifesaving research with people coming together in schools, colleges and businesses throughout the UK.

Wear It Pink is a day of fun with a serious objective: to lead to a life without cancer.  Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer. Sadly 12,000 women and 80 men die from this disease. Wear it Pink has raised an amazing £23,000,000 in the ten years it has been established in the UK.

Thankfully we are lucky in our area to have one of the world’s best Cancer Hospitals in the Christie and last Saturday Didsbury’s Old Bedians rugby club held a charity day in support of the great work they do.

Old Bedians held their own fundraising day swapping their traditional blue and white shirts for a dashing pink kit for their first game of the season on Saturday.  They decided to hold the day as a way of giving back to the local community in support of the fantastic work they do at the Christie.  With donations still coming through the total they raised is well over £2,000 which is brilliant.

So I am giving plenty of notice to get planning your very own contribution to raising vital funds to help fight breast cancer by joining me in wearing something pink and donating £2, it’s really as simple as that.

Last year, hundreds of thousands of you got together, put on something pink and raised over £2.1 million to fund breast cancer research, let’s double that this year and fight for a future without cancer together.  For more information log onto and

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