MP backing charity’s ‘wear it pink’ appeal
AN MP for South Leicestershire has given his backing to Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fund-raiser.
Mr Costa was one of more than 200 parliamentarians in Westminster encouraging people across the UK to take part on wear it pink day, , which will take place on October 19, to raise money for research.
The South Leicestershire MP is now calling for his constituents to join him.
Mr Costa said: “Breast cancer is still the most common form of cancer in the UK.
“Each year, about 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease.
“That’s why I’m so passionate about encouraging everyone in South Leicestershire to take part in wear it pink day on October 19.
“Wear it pink is a great way to come together with friends and family to have fun while raising money for Breast Cancer Now’s research.
“Breast cancer affects so many people in South Leicestershire so I hope everybody in my constituency will get involved.”
Joining the politicians was Donna Fraser, a four-time Olympian and Breast Cancer Now ambassador.
Donna, 45, retired from participating in professional athletics after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2009, aged 36.
Donna, who is now equality, fiversity and engagement lead at UK Athletics, said, ‘“I’m delighted to be supporting wear it pink this year.
“It is a fun and fabulous fund-raising event which brings families, friends and work colleagues together to help fund research into this devastating disease.
“Breast cancer awareness and raising funds for research are hugely important to me – there are too many women being diagnosed with breast cancer and, sadly, too many women still lose their lives each year.
“This cause is very close to my heart and as someone who has been through breast cancer, I know the just how important it is to raise money for research, to help reach a day where nobody dies from breast cancer.
“For me, that day can’t come soon enough.”
Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, said, “We are really grateful for the enthusiasm and support shown by the MPs at Westminster.
“Everyone looked fabulous in their pink accessories and showed just how easy it is to add a touch of pink to your everyday outfit.
“Wear it pink is a fantastic opportunity for communities across the UK to come together, have fun and show their support to this very important cause.
“By simply wearing something pink and donating what you can, you are helping raise much-needed funds to stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.
“Together we can take one step forward to help reach our goal that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and live well.”
SUPPORTERS: Alberto Costa with Donna Fraser