A St Helens MP has shown her support for women with breast cancer and is now encouraging residents to join the campaign by wearing it pink.
Marie Rimmer, who represents St Helens South and Whiston, hopes her constituents will take part in Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fund-raiser, wear it pink, on Friday October 23.
Ms Rimmer joined fellow MPs in wearing it pink in Westminster to encourage people across the UK to get involved in the fund-raiser, which brings in more than £2m each year and is now in its 14th year.
She has also demonstrated her support for Breast Cancer Now by joining 190 MPs in becoming a parliamentary ambassador for the organisation.
The campaign calls on supporters across the country to ditch the day-to-day colours and pull on some pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.
Ms Rimmer said: “Right now breast cancer is at a tipping point. Every year in the UK around 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and sadly nearly 12,000 women still lose their lives to the disease.
“This is why we all must come together to support Breast Cancer Now’s cutting-edge research, and, in wear it pink, there is a fun and simple way for everyone to get involved.
“As a Breast Cancer Ambassador, I am particularly passionate about standing up for the women and families affected by the disease in St Helens South and Whiston and I am very proud to take part in wear it pink.
“I hope everyone in the local community will join me in wearing it pink on Friday 23 October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.”
Launched in June 2015 with the ambition of ensuring that no-one dies from the disease by 2050, Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Anyone can take part in wear it pink by donning an outfit in the colour in school, at work or at home on October 23 and donating to the charity.
To find out more or register visit www.wearitpink.org