MP back­ing char­ity’s ‘wear it pink’ ap­peal

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

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

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