MP Mark Menzies extends landmark’s display of support for pancreatic cancer

Fylde MP Mark Menzies is delighted Lytham Windmill will shine purple for a whole week to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Thursday (November 1) marks world pancreatic cancer day 2016, and to show Fylde’s support, the windmill on Lytham Green will be bathed in a purple glow for not one – but seven – nights.

Mr Menzies asked for the week-long show of support after being contacted by constituent and fund-raiser Jerry Coughlan from Ansdell, diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer in January this year.

Buildings across the country will be illuminated for one night, but Fylde’s iconic structure will be lit up for a week.

Mr Coughlan said: “We’re really pleased with the decision to light up the windmill for the longer term.

“It will help highlight the condition and ask people to reflect on how it may impact them.”

Mr Menzies said: “We are delighted to be raising awareness of this dreadful disease by taking part in the Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer campaign. We hope that by lighting up Lytham Windmill in purple, we will help put a spotlight on a disease that many people still know so very little about.”

The ‘Turn It Purple’ campaign calls for businesses and individuals to highlight pancreatic cancer in the UK by embracing purple – the symbolic colour for pancreatic cancer – by shining purple lights on buildings or other structures in their community, wearing purple and spreading awareness for supporters to wear something purple at the office, at home or at school and to donate to fund life-saving research.

More than 9,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year.

 

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