Wessex Cancer Trust is calling on Islanders to spread some new year cheer and Wear It Bright on Friday, January 24th to raise money for the charity’s crisis appeal.
The charity is hoping as many people as possible, from school children to office workers, will don their sunniest tops, happiest shoes and most vibrant accessories to raise money for the cause.
The charity has also come up with some other bright ideas to help you raise money on the day, such as baking and selling brightly coloured cakes, guessing the number of coloured sweets in a jar or holding a joke-telling competition.
You can download fundraising ideas, posters, medals and colouring-in sheets from wessexcancer.org.uk/wear-it-bright-resources.
Cait Allen, Wessex Cancer Trust’s CEO, said:
“With the festive season over and no sign of spring in sight, many of us feel a bit glum in January.
“We want 24 th January to be the happiest day of the year!
“Wear it Bright gives you the opportunity to create colourful communities and spread some new year cheer, as well as raising money to save local services for anyone living with cancer.”
Wessex Cancer Trust has launched a crisis appeal to raise £600,000 by the end of January or it could be forced to close.
The charity, which has been supporting local families for almost 40 years, has seen a 30% increase in demand for its services this year.
It has also been hit by a 65% reduction in people leaving a gift in their will and the decline in the high street which has seen its shop sales fall by 15%.
The charity supports around 11,000 people every year through its four cancer Support Centres which provide a drop-in service, professional counselling, complementary therapies, activities, support groups and courses.
It also runs outreach services, popular Sing for Life choirs and transport on its Daisy Buses to help patients get to their hospital appointments.
So far, the appeal has raised more than £140,000.