Breast Cancer Now

9th September 2017

Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing dressed in pink to lend her support to Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink.

Thousands of people will be supporting the cause by adding a splash of pink to their outfits on Friday, October 20, to help raise vital funds for breast cancer research.

Mrs Laing is encouraging constituents to join her and sign up to take part in the UK’s
biggest pink fundraiser. 

The event, which takes place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is in its 16th year and has raised over £30m for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. 

Mrs Laing joined fellow parliamentarians in Westminster this week to show her support for the thousands of women and men affected by breast cancer each year, encouraging people across the UK to take part on wear it pink day.

Anyone can take part in the day which brings together schools, workplaces and communities.

Participants just need to wear something pink, or hold a pink event and make a donation to Breast Cancer Now. 

Mrs Laing continues her support for women affected by breast cancer by joining more than 190 MPs in being a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador, championing breast cancer issues both in Epping Forest but nationally, working towards a day that the disease will stop taking lives. 

Mrs Laing said: "Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. 

"This is why I’m urging everyone in Epping Forest to take part in wear it pink on Friday, October 20. It’s such a fun and easy way to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.

"Breast cancer affects so many people in Epping Forest so as a Breast Cancer Now
Ambassador I am proud to take part in wear it pink to raise awareness of the impact of the disease locally and to support for Breast Cancer Now’s vital research. 

"I hope that everybody will join me and wear it pink on Friday, October 20."

Also in attendance was Sky News presenter and former Olympic gymnast Jacquie Beltrao. Jacquie, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.

Jacquie said: "I’m very proud to support wear it pink; it’s a great excuse to dress up in pink and have some fun while raising money for a really important cause. 

"I have had breast cancer myself and following my diagnosis and treatment have become incredibly passionate about raising awareness and funds for research.

“Wear it pink has raised over £30m for Breast Cancer Now, which is incredible. The event raises funds for the charity’s world-class research which will hopefully one day put a stop to this dreadful disease.

"That is why I’m asking people across the country join me, and the MPs who took part in Westminster, by adding a splash of pink to their outfits on wear it pink day and donating to Breast Cancer Now. I hope lots of people across the UK take part!"

Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Now, said: "It is fantastic that so many MPs dressed up in pink at our Westminster wear it pink event and we are really grateful for all of the support and enthusiasm shown.

"We hope that by wearing pink, Mrs Laing will encourage her constituents to get involved in their local community and help us fund life-saving research this Breast Cancer Awareness Month."

Photo: Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing with Sky News presenter and former Olympic gymnast Jacquie Beltrao.

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