18 September 2019
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon was joined by Jackson Carlaw, Richard Leonard, Willie Rennie and Alison Johnstone as they added a dash of pink to their usual attire as part of Breast Cancer Now’s annual wear it pink event in the Scottish Parliament.
Back for its 18th year, the fundraiser calls on supporters to add a splash of pink to their outfit and to make a much-needed donation to help Breast Cancer Now stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love. Since launching in 2002, wear it pink has raised over £33 million, helping to make possible life-saving breast cancer research and life changing support for those affected by the disease.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
By taking part in wear it pink we are united against breast cancer. This campaign will help fund Breast Cancer Now’s cutting-edge research and vital support services – providing support for today and hope for the future.
The Scottish Government has recently announced that cancer patients will be offered guaranteed emotional, practical and financial advice from a dedicated support worker. We are also supporting Breast Cancer Now’s aim that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live – and live well. To achieve this ambition, we must work together and take action for those affected by breast cancer in Scotland.
Jackson Carlaw, Interim Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party said:
I’m delighted to once again support wear it pink, which brings together people across Scotland, in their workplaces, schools and communities, to support Breast Cancer Now’s vital breast cancer research and support services.
I would like to urge others to join me and wear it pink on Friday 18 October. Together, we will stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.
Richard Leonard, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, said:
This is a fantastic campaign which raises awareness and funds for breast cancer research and support services.
By taking part in wear it pink you can help to fund cutting-edge research into finding new ways to help prevent, detect and treat this disease, and provide continued support that helps people cope with the physical and emotional impacts of breast cancer.
Alison Johnstone, Co-Leader of the Scottish Green Party in Holyrood, said:
Sadly breast cancer is all too common, and with more women being diagnosed than ever before we must act now to make greater progress for everyone affected by breast cancer.
That’s why I will be taking part in wear it pink on Friday 18 October. I hope that people across Scotland will join me and pull on some pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now and the charity’s important work.
Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said:
Fundraising campaigns such as wear it pink are incredibly important.
By taking part, people across Scotland are helping to fund world-class research and provide even more life-changing support to those living with this devastating disease. I am proud to support this campaign and help make a real difference for people with breast cancer.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, said:
We are really grateful for the enthusiasm and support shown by party leaders in Scotland. We hope that by wearing pink, they will encourage their constituents to wear it pink in their homes, schools or workplaces on 18 October and help us continue to fund vital breast cancer research and support.
Wear it pink is a fantastic opportunity for communities across the UK to come together, have fun and show their support to this very important cause. By simply wearing something pink and donating what you can, you are helping raise much-needed funds. Together we can take one step forward to help reach our goal that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well.
Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now have merged to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, united around the shared ambition that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and be supported to live well.
Wear it pink is on 18 October and will raise funds for breast cancer research and support. Register online and claim your free fundraising pack.