Staff at the NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) joined forces with the hundreds of thousands of people who take part in the National Wear it Pink day last Friday with a mission to beat this disease by funding ground-breaking research.
Estelle McGuire, Continuing Healthcare Manager at Isle of Wight CCG said:
“The event, which is part of Breast Cancer Campaign’s Wear it Pink, included having a washing line strung from two balconies laden with pink bras. Staff donated £2 to wear pink for the day and Breast Cancer Campaign merchandise was available to purchase along with cakes and pink butterfly head boppers. Everybody got into the spirit of the day and contributed to raising over £100 for this vital research.”
Breast Cancer Campaign’s approach to breast cancer research is pioneering and highly responsive. They look for opportunities where the potential for real impact is the highest. Then they get the necessary funding straight to where it can make the most difference.
But despite recent advances, breast cancer is still the most common cancer. Every year it claims the lives of 12,000 women, and 50,000 more are diagnosed. It’s crucial that we keep funding this vital research. Breast Cancer is not only an issue for women, it affects men too.
Last year, £2.1 million was raised by ‘wear it pink’ supporters and this money is already funding world-class research across the UK and Ireland that saves lives.
The Isle of Wight has its own regional group – Pink on Wight – to see more of what they are doing on the Island or to become a volunteer you can look them up on facebook on www.facebook.com/pinkonwight or e-mail [email protected]