Busi­nesses paint the town pink for char­ity

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Words and pho­to­graphs Han­nah O’Han­lon edi­tor@camp­bel­town­courier.co.uk

Camp­bel­town busi­nesses have been paint­ing the town pink in a bid to beat breast can­cer. Hair sa­lon Numero Dix has been fundrais­ing for Breast Can­cer Now, while lin­gerie shop Rasp­berry Pink has been col­lect­ing cash for Breast Can­cer Care. Breast Can­cer Now (BCN), the UK’s largest breast can­cer re­search char­ity, held its of­fi­cial fundrais­ing day last Fri­day. Numero Dix held a bake sale and raf­fle, with ham­pers do­nated by Tesco and the Coop, a ham­per of hair prod­ucts and a free blow-dry from the sa­lon, as well as a spe­cial pink pen made by Les­lie McGeachy of Lag­gan Turn­ing Crafts, rais­ing about £400. Staff rose to BCN’s ‘dare to go pink’ chal­lenge, don­ning pink wigs and t-shirts and putting up bunting and bal­loons. Breast Can­cer Care (BCC) is the only spe­cial­ist UK-wide char­ity in the UK pro­vid­ing care, sup­port and in­for­ma­tion to peo­ple af­fected by the dis­ease. With Oc­to­ber be­ing Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month, BCC urges peo­ple to join its ‘Big Pink’ cam­paign. Clare Mead of Rasp­berry Pink is tak­ing part by do­nat­ing 10 per cent of all of this month’s bra sales to the char­ity. Clare also ran a ‘guess the name of the pug’ com­pe­ti­tion, with Beinn an Tuirc Dis­tillery do­nat­ing a bot­tle of its pink gin as the prize, which was won by Tracy Cham­bers who chose Pugzilla. Mar­garet McShan­non from Kin­tyre Tablet helped boost funds by do­nat­ing tablet, with all proceeds go­ing di­rectly to the char­ity. As Clare’s fund-rais­ing cam­paign is on-go­ing, she does not know how much she has raised yet but she will an­nounce the to­tal at the end of the month.

Tracy Cham­bers, right, is pre­sented with the bot­tle of pink gin she won for guess­ing the name of the pug.

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Clare Mead of Rasp­berry Pink is host­ing a ‘Big Pink’ event through­out Oc­to­ber.

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