ULTRA-PURPLE LIGHTS have lit up St Augustine’s Church – known fondly as the ‘King of Holderness’ – casting an eerie blue glow across the ancient landmark! The strange lighting-effect is sure to interest curious residents and night-time visitors who will want to know what is going on?
The Church has kindly agreed to take part in Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month by allowing its exterior to be lit up in the campaign colours – as close to purple as possible. Other landmarks across the country have been ‘turned purple’ to support the campaign too.
The idea to turn St Augustine’s purple was the brainchild of Helen Dickinson and Gail McKenzie who want to do what they can to raise awareness of the disease which is the country’s fifth biggest cancer killer. Helen’s cousin Tracy Bentham suffers from this terrible disease and after seeing Beverley Minster lit up, Helen was determined to do something local that would draw attention to the disease and its symptoms.
- Pancreatic cancer affects men and women equally
- 24 people a day are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
- Survival rates are currently only 3%
The symptoms of pancreatic cancer can be misdiagnosed as gallstones, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), indigestion, gastritis, gastroenteritis or liver disease. The poster below details those symptoms and if one or more of them abnormally affect you then act now and contact your GP.
Information leaflets about pancreatic cancer can be found at the website below, but information leaflets are also available to collect from Hedon Group Practice and Church View Surgery, as well as the Rosedale Centre on Preston Road, Hedon. Leaflets are also available in Gail’s Flower Shop in Hedon Town Centre.
So when you see the strange glow emanating from St Augustine’s – Think Purple! Think Pancreatic Cancer! – and collect and help share information about the disease. This information shared could lead to someone receiving an earlier diagnosis of the disease – and therefore save a life!
Tracy Bentham offers her thanks to Helen and Gail for kick-starting the Awareness Campaign in Hedon and District – and also her thanks to those at the church for their support. St Augustine’s will remain lit up each evening for the rest of November 2014.