Purple library will help to illuminate important cause

Date: 

Tuesday, 14 November, 2017

One of East Dunbartonshire's best-known buildings is temporarily turning purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

The Kirkintilloch Community Hub and William Patrick Library building will be bathed in purple light from Thursday 16 November - World Pancreatic Cancer Day - to the end of November, which is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.

People, groups and organisations across the UK are joining forces to 'get purple' and help save lives.

Councillor Gordan Low, Leader of East Dunbartonshire Council, said, "We will once again support this worthwhile cause by shining a purple light on the outside of William Patrick Library - raising awareness of pancreatic cancer.

"Nearly 10,000 people and their loved ones face a pancreatic cancer diagnosis every year in the UK. Early detection is vital to saving lives, so it's important to raise awareness and funds wherever possible."

The Purple Lights campaign is supported by a host of UK pancreatic cancer charities.

Other Scottish landmarks which will be going purple include The Kelpies near Falkirk and Glasgow Cathedral.

For more information and fundraising ideas, visit purplelightsuk.org

Purple is the colour associated with pancreatic cancer across the globe. The act of lighting up a focal point in a village, town or city symbolises for many a way to remember loved ones who have sadly died of the disease, as well as celebrating the lives of those who have survived.

Charities supporting Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer include:

For more information visit corecharity.org.uk, operationhenry.org, pancreaticcanceraction.org, pancanscot.org, pancreaticcancer.org.uk and planetscharity.org

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