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Knowsley goes green for cancer campaign

by Laura Johnston

The Greystone Footbridge over the M62 motorway and the Our Place youth facility at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park will be lit up green in February to support The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity.

The New Cancer Hospital Appeal launches on 4 February with a campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity by encouraging residents, schools, colleges and businesses to ‘go green’ between 4 and 12 February. The appeal supports the development of a new specialist cancer hospital in Liverpool and investment in their current Wirral site.

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has ten sites across Merseyside and Cheshire, and treats more than 28,000 patients a year. The centre is a leading provider of non-surgical cancer treatment in the UK and offers pioneering chemotherapy, radiotherapy and proton therapy treatments.

The Footbridge and the Our Place youth facility are two of dozens of buildings and landmarks going green in support of the New Cancer Hospital Appeal. Other landmarks getting involved include Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall and the Central Library.

Cllr Steff O’Keeffe, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services, said: “It’s an unfortunate fact that cancer touches the lives of so many people in Knowsley but I’m confident that the new facility in Liverpool will give patients in our borough access to the best care and treatment available. This is why we’re delighted to be helping Clatterbridge with their appeal and encourage others to do what they can to support it.”

Katrina Bury Head of The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, said: “One in two of us will develop cancer over our lifetime so this new hospital is vitally important for the people of Merseyside and Cheshire.

“We are only going to get one chance in our lifetime to build a brand new facility like this, which will transform cancer care for generations to come. We hope everyone will get behind us by going green and help to build a cancer hospital that we can all be proud of.”

If you would like to support the charity and help build your new local cancer hospital, you can text Lets194 to 70070 to donate £4.

You can also show your support by posting a photo of yourself wearing green on Twitter using the hashtag #letsgogreen–it could be green clothes, a wig, face paint or whatever you choose!

Why not be imaginative and take part in other ways to support the appeal? For example, you could throw a green themed party, bake green cakes or light up your home green – anything green is the way to go!

For more information, visit letsgogreen.uk.net