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Shocking statistic that explains why County Hall is turning purple

Posted on - 28th October, 2016 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, News, Preston City Centre
County Hall has voted on whether to back a Combined Authority Pic: Paul Melling

County Hall will be going purple Pic: Paul Melling

County Hall in Preston is to glow purple during November – and its not a new money making scheme from Lancashire County Council.

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National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month highlights how just five per cent of people survive the disease, and this hasn’t changed for 50 years.

Each night the building in Fishergate Hill will glow purple aiming to show why more needs to be done to treat pancreatic cancer – which saw only 42 people in the North West survive the disease in 2013.

CEO at Pancreatic Cancer Action Ali Stunt said “Each year we are overwhelmed by the huge numbers of supporters who embrace the colour purple to raise awareness.

“We are delighted that these iconic buildings in the North West are taking part. It’s thanks to their participation that the event will become a success and more people will become aware.”

Leader of Lancashire County Council Jennifer Mein said: “We’re pleased to be taking part in this important national campaign once again. It’s crucial to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and encourage people to seek medical advice if they’re not well.

“Everyone in Lancashire will know someone who has been affected by cancer in some way. Identifying the disease early means you’re much more likely to treat it successfully.

“As people walk past County Hall while it’s lit up, I hope that they’ll be reminded about this as they see the purple lights. I’m pleased the county council is able to do its bit to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.”

Other North West landmarks lighting up include Blackpool Tower, the Town Hall Clock Faces in Chorley, the Clock Tower in Ormskirk, the Lightcube Roundabout in Skelmersdale and the Steve Prescott Bridge in St Helens.

Last year the Harris Museum and the giant crane which was above above the Friargate Court development both turned purple in support of the awareness month.

The illuminated crane

The illuminated crane

You can find out more about the battle against pancreatic cancer on the charity website.

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