Eric Ollerenshaw: Proud to Wear It Pink in aid of breast cancer research

Eric Ollerenshaw MP
Eric Ollerenshaw MP

Last week in Parliament I joined the fight against breast cancer by supporting the launch of this year’s Breast Cancer Campaigns ‘Wear It Pink’ day.

Every year in the UK around 50,000 women and approximately 400 men are diagnosed with this disease and sadly 12,000 women and 80 men die from it.

Over the past 10 years ‘wear it pink’ has raised a staggering £23 million to fund research into beating this disease, and this year they are hoping this will be the biggest and obviously pinkest yet! ‘Wear It Pink’ day takes place on Friday 25th October and local people will have the opportunity to come together in schools, colleges and businesses to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research.

If you would like to get involved you can register for a fundraising pack by visiting www.wearitpink.org. Locally, I took the opportunity to call into Barclays Bank on Market Street to grab a cup of coffee and slice of homemade cake as part of their efforts to support the World’s Biggest Coffee morning which raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Barclays have once again promised to match every pound donated, so not only was this a great way to raise addition funds, it was also a tasty one thanks to the fantastic baking skills of the local staff! I also spent a rather pleasant evening in the Courtyard of Lancaster Castle listening to my colleague, Chris Skidmore MP, who is also an historian and author, give a talk on his new book Bosworth – Birth of the Tudors.

The setting and the weather were absolutely perfect for what turned out to be an extremely interesting session on this pivotal moment in our Country’s rich history – albeit the irony of discussing a dead Yorkist in Lancaster Castle was apparent to us all!

Finally, I finished off my week with another visit to the castle where they were celebrating Harvest Festival with a weekend of festivities for young and old alike. I really am pleased that since the castle opened its gates to the public there have been many varied events going on, with lots of people visiting, which can only benefit our city.