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Paint the Town Pink fundraiser is back

15 September 2021

BANBRIDGE Action Cancer Group is delighted to announce the return of Paint the Town Pink on 1st & 2nd October. 

Back for its seventh year, the weekend has historically been a great success in raising much-needed funds for Action Cancer and also to highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The town of Banbridge will turn 50 shades of pink with various fundraising activity taking place across the town. The volunteer-led Banbridge Action Cancer Group is appealing to local businesses and members of the public to take part in whatever way they can. 

Group Chairperson Ann Jardine said “We are asking everyone in Banbridge to get involved in Paint The Town Pink in their own way. 

“You could hold a ‘Pink’ day in your work, a coffee morning at your home or a quiz with your sports club! It is of course important that people adhere to current government guidelines in whatever they do in order to keep themselves and the people around them safe. 

“We will, again be running the best dressed window competition for shops in the town as well as a street collection on both days.  

“We know that less cash is being used in the current climate but now is the time to check down your sofa and chairs or bring in those jam-jars from your kitchen with your small change.  All donations are gratefully accepted.  If you would like to get involved in any way please get in touch and we will provide you with pink fundraising materials to help raise lots of funds!” 

The Action Cancer Big Bus, sponsored by SuperValu and Centra, will be at The Boulevard delivering 23 breast cancers, and 13 health checks each day. More information on these can be found by calling 02890803344 or through online appointments at www.actioncaner.org.

Mark Irwin-Watson, Action Cancer’s Groups Executive said, “Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic Action Cancer has lost out on 40% of our fundraising income. We were devastated to miss Paint The Town Pink in 2020 and so are thrilled to be back for 2021. For the last six years the support for Paint The Town Pink and Action Cancer from local business and people of Banbridge has been phenomenal. 

“This event was created by local people to help local people and we are so pleased that it is back, where it belongs.”

Group Chairperson Ann Jardine said “The last 18 months have been a tough year for all charities and Action Cancer is no exception. It was a devastating blow for us as a group and for the charity that we were unable to host PTTP in 2020, a weekend that ordinarily would have been filled with fashion shows, coffee mornings and street collections.  However, we are now gearing up for PTTP 2021 and we couldn’t be happier”.

Action Cancer operates the UK’s first 3D digital breast cancer and provides free breast screening to 8,000 women each year aged 40-49 and 70 plus (outside of NHS screening age range). The charity also provides free health checks for men and women aged 16+ which includes blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol, and body composition analysis.

Action Cancer also operates the ‘Big Bus’ which is a mobile screening service. All of Action Cancer’s services are free to the user, Furthermore, all monies raised for the charity remains within Northern Ireland and is used to help people here who are affected by cancer. As a result, fundraising by Community Groups such as Banbridge, through volunteering their time, are of vital importance to the charity. 

The Banbridge Action Cancer Group is made up of local people who volunteer to organise events and collections, and to raise the profile of the charity and its services. If you feel you’d like to make a difference locally then the Banbridge Group would be delighted to hear from you. Contact Groups Executive, Mark Irwin-Watson on 028 9080 3344 or email: [email protected]

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