Prekky’s bridge turns purple

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The iconic Steve Prescott bridge in St Helens will be turned purple next month in support of pancreatic cancer awareness month.

Each year, the bridge, as well as other well-known landmarks and venues across the world, joins the fight against pancreatic cancer by bringing the disease - which affects around 8,800 people in the UK each year – under the spotlight, as part of the Turn It Purple campaign led by the Pancreatic Cancer Action charity.

It is a particularly important month for one St Helens resident, Jean Chubb who lost her mum to pancreatic cancer in June 2013 just 12 days after being diagnosed.

Jean said: “Raising awareness of the symptoms of pancreatic cancer is a cause very close to my heart.

“My mum had so many of the symptoms such as loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea and back ache. At the time we were unaware and had no knowledge of pancreatic cancer, sadly by the time we got

a diagnosis it was too late.

“By lighting but the Steve Prescott Bridge it will help generate discussion and awareness of pancreatic cancer, which is so important.”

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