Local MP Alan Mak is backing a call from Cancer Research UK to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
The Havant MP met staff and volunteers at the charity’s West Street shop to play his part and show how local people can support the charity.
Predictions show that the number of people with cancer in the UK is set to rise steeply by 2030. That’s why the MP has joined forces with Cancer Research UK to help accelerate the progress the charity is making and highlight the power of research in beating the disease.
It comes ahead of Alan’s third Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair, which will include health advice and support for senior citizens living in the constituency. Taking place from 10am to 2pm at the Beacon, first floor of the Meridian Centre, it is free for all residents with older people, carers, family, neighbours and friends able to speak to a range of specialist organisations, businesses, government agencies and community groups that serve or help older people.
He said: “I’m delighted to support my local Cancer Research UK shop and find out more about the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.
“Research is cancer’s number one enemy and it is people like the dedicated volunteers I met at the shop, who are enabling the charity’s researchers to keep making huge advances in the battle against the disease.
“So I’m calling on the local community to help beat cancer sooner by visiting, donating or volunteering for the local Cancer Research UK charity shop. But in the meantime – anyone wanting help and support regarding cancer should visit my Community Groups and Older Persons Information Fair where specialist advice will be on hand.”
Cancer Research UK’s Havant shop manager, Lorraine Clifford, said: “Every donation made, every hour volunteered and every person who supports Cancer Research UK takes us closer to beating cancer sooner.
“We hope the people of Havant will really get behind us. In particular, we’re looking for new volunteers in the shop and of course we’re always looking for people to donate more items.
“It’s great to have the support of Alan Mak MP with raising awareness, as there’s still so much more we need to do to ensure no-one’s life is cut short by cancer. But by boosting support and funding now, the best research teams will be able to develop better ways to prevent, control and cure the disease and help save many more lives.”
For more information, visit cruk.org