10 cancer charities unite for 2017 World Cancer Day

Melanie May | 25 January 2017 | News

Ten cancer charities have united for this year’s World Cancer Day. following last year’s event, which saw , Breast Cancer Care, Anthony Nolan, and the Movember Foundation collaborate with a campaign for the first time.
Cancer Research UK,  Anthony Nolan, Breast Cancer Now, Breast Cancer Care, Marie Curie, Movember Foundation, Bowel Cancer UK, Children’s Cancer & Leukaemia Group, CLIC Sargent, and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity have all joined forces this year to ask people to wear a Unity Band® on 4th February to show their support and to raise funds. The money will be used to fund research projects and support the work of scientists, doctors and nurses across the UK.
Each charity has its own Unity Band®, available in a range of ways including online, from charity shops and from some stores for a suggested donation of £2. The bands are each made from two differently coloured parts knotted together, to represent strength in unity and the power of what can be achieved when people join forces.
Three colours are available from Cancer Research UK and for the first time there is also a Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Unity Band® range for a suggested £1 donation, rose gold and silver bands for £12, a leather band for £6.

A limited edition Stand Up to Cancer black and orange band, as worn by Jamie Laing, Greg Rutherford and Emma Bunton, is also available for £2, while among the other charities taking part, Anthony Nolan is selling a black Unity Band on its site for a suggested £2 donation, Breast Cancer Now has a pink and grey one, CLIC Sargent’s is pink and black, while the Movember Foundation’s is brown and beige.

Supporters are asked to share their support on social media with a photo of themselves wearing their Unity Band with the hashtag #ActofUnity.
Kate Lee, Chief Executive at CLIC Sargent, said:

”We know we can only win the fight for each young life against cancer if we work as a team of charities and professionals. This World Cancer Day, we want everyone to ‘band together’ behind children and young people like Ryan by donating, wearing a Unity Band and spreading the word. These simple acts will help more young people thrive not just survive after their cancer diagnosis.”