Chester Cathedral turns purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer
By: The Green Pages
The Cathedral was bathed in purple lights in support of the international Lights for Hope #purplelights campaign which has been taking place during November’s pancreatic cancer awareness month. A networking lunch fundraiser had taken place earlier on in the day at Chester’s Macdonald New Blossoms Hotel who had also sponsored the event.
The events are part of north Wales business woman Ghazala Jabeen’s ongoing campaign to fundraise for the charity and to raise awareness of the disease. Ghazala’s work for the charity is the result of the loss of her husband Harold Martin Swindells (aka Mr HMS) to the disease just over a year ago. His wish was to help people affected by pancreatic cancer through fundraising and by increasing awareness of the symptoms of the disease.
The networking event was opened by the Sheriff of Chester Cllr Alex Black and the Sheriff's Lady Mrs Janet Black. During the event Ghazala shared her emotional story about the loss of her husband and her campaign to help those affected by the illness.
Event co-organiser and founder of The Green Pages Svitlana Bulava says ‘We really appreciate all the support in our efforts to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. Thank you to the many local businesses who donated raffle prizes including Moules a Go-Go and Blossom Garden Salon in Saltney.
‘Thanks also must go to Chester Cathedral for allowing us to illuminate such an iconic building, to Debbie Thomas of Grangewood Copywriting for her help with PR and to our official photographer Geoff Wiltshire of Tudno TV who captured the beautiful photos of the Cathedral. We also really appreciated the support from the Sheriff of Chester and his wife as well as that of the New Blossoms Hotel General Manager Steve Burley.’
The networking event raised several hundred pounds for the charity and The Green Pages plan to continue supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK by running more events next year.
Notes to editors:
The Green Pages launched in May 2013 and is a support network and community bringing together healthy living resources across north-west England and north-east Wales.
It provides the latest information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, wellbeing, sustainability and green living. It also promotes the products and services of local healthy lifestyle businesses via its business directory. In addition, the website provides information on relevant local events and offers as well as advice from professional health advisers.
It also organises and hosts various events to promote healthy living to the local community while supporting local businesses. These include health and wellbeing fairs, wellbeing conferences and monthly Green Networking meetings. Green Networking is the first networking group designed to target the green community in the North West by bringing together healthy lifestyle businesses with shared values. Since it launched in January 2014 over 200 local independent businesses have joined the Green Networking community.