Following last week’s election in Wales, Paul Head, Breast Cancer Now's Senior Campaigns Officer, updates us on the results of the Stop Women Dying campaign.

Tuesday 10 May 2016      Policy and Campaigns blog
Breast Cancer Now campaigners

In the run-up to this year’s elections in Wales, our Stop Women Dying campaign has been calling on Assembly candidates to pledge to become Breast Cancer Ambassadors and commit to work with us to achieve our ambition that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

With breast cancer being the most common cancer in Wales and around 600 women still dying from the disease each year, we wanted to make sure we had decision-makers on board with us so that we could keep breast cancer at the top of their agenda.

Over the course of the campaign, our amazing supporters contacted candidates across Wales, sending over 2,000 emails in just a few weeks. They let their local candidates know how important it was for them to become Breast Cancer Ambassadors if they were elected - and it made a real impact.

The results are in!

Now the votes have been counted, we are delighted to reveal that, thanks to our supporters’ efforts, 18 Breast Cancer Ambassadors have been elected to the Welsh Assembly and are ready to start working with us.

That’s 18 Assembly Members who are committed to doing their bit to help us achieve our ambition that by 2050, no one who develops breast cancer will die from it - nearly a third of all Assembly Members!

This fantastic result simply would not have been possible without our supporters taking action.

Why are Ambassadors so important?

The support of Assembly Members is vital to our work in Wales. It really can’t be underestimated. We need it to make sure patients can access the drugs they need, to help secure funding for the research we do, to make sure people are aware of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

They will help us to keep prevention as a priority, so we can reduce the number of women getting this disease and they can make sure we have the breast cancer services we need. Ultimately, we need their support to Stop Women Dying.

What’s next?

We’ll be getting in touch with our Ambassadors soon to congratulate them on their election and start discussing how we can best work together to make a difference for people affected by breast cancer in Wales.

We’ll also be speaking to those Assembly Members who haven’t yet signed up to be Ambassadors because while having nearly a third of the Assembly signed up as Ambassadors is a great start, there’s much more we can do. We’ll be encouraging the 42 AMs who haven’t yet committed to working with us to get involved.

We’re likely to be asking for your help to do that – so keep an eye out for another action soon. Imagine how much stronger our voice in the Assembly would be if we had them all on board!


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About the author

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Paul Head is Senior Campaigns Officer at Breast Cancer Now.

He supports our high-level campaigners and leads our campaigning work in Wales and Northern Ireland.