St Helens Council is lending its support to a national campaign this week as part of Brain Tumour Awareness Month.
This Thursday (29 March) sees the return of national brain tumour charity Brain Tumour Research’s annual ‘Wear a Hat Day’ which calls on workplaces, schools and even people at home to get involved with fundraising events by wearing a flashy hat.
Throwing its weight behind the cause, St Helens Council has arranged for the Steve Prescott Bridge to be lit pink – the campaign’s colour – on Thursday evening to bring attention to brain tumours which are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40, claim the lives of almost 5,000 each year – and yet just 1.37 per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.
Also this Thursday, Cancer Research UK are opening a new cancer awareness hub in St Helens dedicated to helping people know how to reduce the risk of cancer and help spot it early.
The new ‘Your Cancer Awareness Hub’, based at the Millennium Centre on Corporation Street, is a free drop-in service run by nurses offering visitors information on making positive lifestyle changes like stopping smoking, drinking less alcohol and keeping a healthy weight.
Sue Forster, Director of Public Health for St Helens Council said: “We are proud to support Brain Tumour Research and the Cancer Awareness Hub in St Helens as we look to raise awareness around the importance of catching these deadly diseases early.
“Cancer claims the lives of nearly 500 people in St Helens a year out of around 1,100 cases, so I would encourage those who are able to, to help raise awareness of these issues to prevent more families from having to go through the heartbreak of losing a loved one to brain tumours or cancer.”
For more information on ‘Wear a Hat Day’ or to make a donation visit: www.braintumourresearch.org/fundraise/wear-a-hat-day