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JENNY GILRUTH MSP WEARS IT PINK FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH

Publised date : 20 Sep 2016

Jenny Gilruth, MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, has shown support for women affected by breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging her constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 21 October.

Jenny Gilruth MSP joined fellow parliamentarians in Holyrood to encourage people across Scotland to get involved and help support Breast Cancer Now’s efforts to ensure that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer lives – an ambition shared by the Scottish Government and all party leaders in Scotland. 

Wear it pink raises close to £2 million each year for world-class research into breast cancer, through calling on supporters across the country to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.

Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

“Around 4,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Scotland.  Almost 1,000 people die from the disease. We must act now to stop this devastating disease in its tracks.   

“Breast Cancer Now’s cutting edge research is making a huge difference. But we all need to join forces and act now, to do our bit to stop women dying from breast cancer by 2050. I’m fully behind the charity’s ambition and I support wear it pink.

“I hope everyone in the local community will join me by wearing it pink on Friday 21 October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.”

Breast Cancer Now’s Director for Scotland, Mary Allison, said:

“I’m delighted that MSPs are coming together again this year to support wear it pink.  Their continued support means a lot.
“More Scots are being diagnosed with breast cancer than a decade ago and it remains the most common cancer among women. We also know that while huge progress has been made in improving survival, almost 1,000 people a year in Scotland still die from this devastating disease.
“That’s why we need to continue to support research and find better ways to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer.”

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
Neale Gardiner
Office of Jenny Gilruth MSP (Mid Fife and Glenrothes)
E-mail: Neale.Gardiner@parliament.scot
Phone: 0131 348 5794

Nicola Armstrong, Breast Cancer Now on 0131 226 0769 or
Nicola.armstrong@breastcancernow.org .

Notes to Editors:

In March 2016, every mainstream political party got behind Breast Cancer Now’s 2050 Challenge campaign.  It means that the Scottish Government and Parliament are committed to helping stop deaths from breast cancer by 2050.

About Breast Cancer Now:

  • For more information on Breast Cancer Now’s work, visit breastcancernow.org
  • To Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 21 October or for more information, visit www.wearitpink.org.
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