Owen Wears it Pink to Support Charity
Midlothian's MP dons hat and glasses to promote charity event
Owen Thompson, MP for Midlothian, has shown his support for women with breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging his constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, Wear it Pink, on Friday 23rd October.
Mr Thompson joined fellow parliamentarians by wearing a pink hat and comedy glasses in Westminster this week to encourage people across the UK to get involved in a leading charity event. Now in its 14th year, Wear it Pink raises over £2 million each year for world-class research into breast cancer, and this year it is bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before.
Wear it pink calls on supporters across the country to ditch the day-to-day colours and pull on something pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research. Midlothian’s new MP joined the campaign by participating in a press launch in London.
Speaking after the event, Owen Thompson MP said:
Right now breast cancer is at a tipping point. Every year in the UK around 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and sadly nearly 12,000 women still lose their lives to the disease. This is why we all must come together to support Breast Cancer Now’s cutting-edge research, and, in wear it pink, there is a fun and simple way for everyone to get involved.
Together, we can make a big difference for women with breast cancer, now and in the future; I hope everyone in the local community will join me in wearing it pink on Friday 23 October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.
Launched in June 2015 with the ambition of ensuring that no one dies from the disease by 2050, Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
The charity says:
Every year, wear it pink raises around £2 million during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by asking people to wear something pink and donate whatever they can. Since the very first wear it pink event in 2002, we’ve raised over £27 million thanks to the generosity of many thousands of people taking part in approximately 7,093 schools, 39,964 workplaces and 8,256 homes and social venues.