Watford Town Hall was illuminated with purple light on November 18, as part of the annual Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer campaign and to recognise World Pancreatic Cancer Day.
The town joined landmarks and homes across the UK lighting up purple to put a spotlight on the disease, which nearly 10,500 people are diagnosed with in the UK each year and figures showing less than 7 per cent surviving beyond five years after diagnosis.
The Purple Lights campaign is organised largely by individuals affected by pancreatic cancer, to help remember loved ones lost; support those living with the disease and to raise awareness of November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “I am delighted to be raising awareness of this dreadful disease by taking part in the Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer campaign. I hope that by lighting up Watford Town Hall in purple, it will help put a spotlight on a disease that many people still know so very little about.”
Diana Jupp, CEO of Pancreatic Cancer UK says: “Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease that touches thousands of lives across the UK. Every building, landmark and home lit purple during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month helps raise much-needed awareness of the disease. It’s wonderful to see the pancreatic cancer community come together, as part of a global effort, to show their support for everyone living with the disease and remember those who have sadly passed away.”
Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer is supported by UK based charities Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Action and Planets. If you would like to find out more about Purple Lights for pancreatic cancer, please visit purplelightsuk.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.