STEPHEN Metcalfe, Member of Parliament for South Basildon & East Thurrock, attended an event in Parliament to show support for World Cancer Day.
He met with representatives from seven of the UK’s leading charities who have joined forces to unite the nation and help people affected by cancer.
Cancer Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Breast Cancer Now, CLIC Sargent, Anthony Nolan, Bowel Cancer UK, and Marie Curie, are calling on people across the country to show their support by wearing a Unity Band or making a donation.
By working together, the charities will make a bigger impact in transforming the lives of millions who are affected by cancer.
The Unity Bands are made of two parts, knotted together, to symbolise the strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people join forces.
The bands are available from each charity on their websites, in shops, and in other retail outlets for a suggested donation of £2. All money raised from the Unity Bands will go directly towards the charities’ work.
Mr Metcalfe said:
“I am proud to support World Cancer Day, which aims to raise awareness of cancer care and support and bring people and charities together to help defeat the disease.
“One in two people born in the UK will develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. By wearing a Unity Band, making a donation, or even raising awareness of World Cancer Day on 4 February, we can make a real difference.
“Whatever your motivation – to remember a loved one, celebrate people who have overcome cancer, or support those currently going through treatment – World Cancer Day is a chance to get involved and transform millions of lives.”