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Knowsley’s going green for cancer campaign

The Greystone Footbridge and Knowsley Youth Mutual will be lit up in green to show Knowsley’s support for The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

‘Let’s Go Green’ is part of an appeal by the charity to raise £15 million towards the building of a new dedicated cancer hospital in the heart of Liverpool, as well as improvements to the Wirral site, transforming cancer care for the people of Merseyside and beyond.

The campaign encourages everyone to ‘go green’ between 3 and 11 February and build on the success of last year’s inaugural ‘Go Green’ fundraising drive.

Schools and workplaces might want to hold green days where pupils and staff pay £1 to dress in green for the day, or bake green cakes.

The Greystone Footbridge over the M62 motorway and Knowsley Youth Mutual will join other landmark buildings in the region turning green to mark the occasion including Liverpool Town Hall and the city’s Cunard Building.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is one of the UK’s leading cancer centres, with ten sites across Merseyside and Cheshire employing more than 1,000 staff members and treating more than 27,000 patients each year. Consistently rated one of the best-performing hospitals the centre is one of the UK’s leading providers of non-surgical cancer treatment including pioneering chemotherapy, radiotherapy and eye proton therapy.

Cllr Shelley Powell, cabinet member for public health, wellbeing and customer services, said: “We’re delighted to support Clatterbridge with their appeal for a new dedicated cancer hospital and encourage others to get behind the campaign.

“Sadly cancer touches the lives of many people in Knowsley and the wider region but the earlier cancer is diagnosed, the better the outlook. It’s really important to attend cancer screening appointments such as breast and cervical cancer when you’re invited and also return your bowel screening kit

“Believe it or not, over half of people in Knowsley didn’t return their bowel screening kit and around one in three women didn’t attend for breast screening in recent years. These simple actions can save lives.

“We can also make a big difference by getting any symptoms checked-out early and making small lifestyle changes, such as getting more physically active, eating a healthier diet, cutting down on alcohol, stopping smoking and staying safe in the sun to reduce our cancer risk.”

Katrina Bury, head of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said: “Last year we were thrilled by the response to the first Let’s Go Green week. This year will be even bigger and better.

“We are delighted to see so many businesses and local authorities showing their support for The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, including those in Chester.

“Not only are a number of civic buildings and structures going green, the support extends to inviting our volunteers to collect for this brilliant cause in the city.

“One in two of us will develop cancer over our lifetime so this new hospital is vitally important for the people of Cheshire, Merseyside and the surrounding areas.

“We hope everyone will get behind us by going green and help to build a cancer hospital that we can all be proud of.”

You can show your support for the campaign by posting your ‘go green’ photos on twitter using the hashtag #letsgogreen. You can also text CURE to 70111 to make a donation of £4.

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