Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has shown his support for World Cancer Day, which was held on Thursday the 4th of February.
Gavin met with representatives from four of the UK’s leading cancer charities who are working together to unite the nation and help transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.
Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer CareAnthony Nolan and the Movember Foundation are calling on people across Paisley and Renfrewshire North to show their support by wearing a Unity Band.
The Unity Band is made of two parts, knotted together, to represent strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people come together.
The Unity Bands are available from each charity in their own colours at www.worldcancerday.co.uk for a suggested donation of £2. All money raised from the Unity Bands will go towards the charities’ individual research projects and support services.
One in two people born in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime.
Gavin Newlands, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North said:
“Every person in Renfrewshire will know someone who has been affected by cancer and World Cancer Day – which was held last week – shows that there is something that we can all do to help defeat cancer.
“I was delighted to support the World Cancer Day that was held in Parliament and I would hope that local constituents support this cause by wearing a Unity Band, making a donation or spreading the word on social media.
“Whether you want to celebrate people who have overcome cancer, show solidarity to those going through treatment or remember loved ones – wearing a Unity Band is a great chance to get involved and help reduce the impact of cancer on future generations.”
Collectively the four charities support millions of people every year through their individual work in the prevention, detection, treatment and support of those affected by cancer.
Money raised from the Unity Bands will fund breakthroughs in scientific research; save and improve the lives of people with blood cancers; provide high quality care, support and information for people with breast cancer, and fund research and support services to tackle prostate and testicular cancer.
By joining together this World Cancer Day, they aim to show that a small action taken by many will transform our future.
For more information, to get any of the charities’ Unity Bands or make a donation visit www.worldcancerday.co.uk