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Turning purple for pancreatic cancer

November 13, 2017 5:00 PM

Turning purple for pancreatic cancer

Cllr Carol Runciman (left) with Jean Clark (right) outside York’s historic walls.

The iconic views of York's historic walls and Clifford's tower will remain purple until Friday 17th November to raise awareness around pancreatic cancer.

Campaigner, Jean Clark, is the momentum behind the UK's Purple Lights for Hope campaign in York, having originally asked that the lights were switched on to purple. The campaign calls on individuals and organisations across the UK to light focal points up purple in villages, towns and cities throughout November, in order to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and remember those who have sadly died of the disease.

Cllr Carol Runciman, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, spoke with Jean yesterday afternoon to discuss the campaign and her own fight against pancreatic cancer.

Cllr Carol Runciman said:

"It was an absolute pleasure to meet to Jean and discuss this wonderful campaign at length with her. It is so important that the public understand the symptoms behind this aggressive and destructive cancer. I am delighted that we have been able to support Jean by lighting historic York purple support the UK's Purple Lights for Hope campaign."

Early symptoms of pancreatic cancer include abdominal pain, Jaundice and an inability to digest food. Spotting the early signs of pancreatic cancer is vital to beating the disease and anyone who has any concerns should see their local GP immediately.