Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire has given his backing to Cancer Research UK’s latest fundraising and awareness campaign to help beat cancer sooner.

 Bill Wiggin MP last week visited Cancer Research UK’s parliamentary reception and is now encouraging his constituents in North Herefordshire to get involved with the latest fundraising and awareness campaign from the charity.

 With one-year cancer survival in Herefordshire just 0.2% below the English average of 67.7% and referral to specialists within two weeks of suspected cancer higher than the English average, Herefordshire is meeting national targets for cancer patients.

 However Bill Wiggin MP believes that more can be done to tackle cancer sooner so has put his support behind Cancer Research UK’s new campaign, which carries the slogan: “One day, we will beat cancer. Help make it sooner.”

 Bill Wiggin MP said: “I’m delighted to support Cancer Research UK. While more of us will be diagnosed with cancer in future, there is good news. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK’s work is helping to ensure more men, women and children survive the disease. 

“So I’m calling on the local community to help Cancer Research UK beat cancer sooner.”

 With the number of people with cancer set to rise steeply by 2030, the charity has launched an inspiring summer awareness drive which aims to raise money to accelerate its groundbreaking research and bring cures faster. The campaign will include a series of TV, radio, and billboards ads across the UK which carry the bold message: “One day, we will beat cancer. Help make it sooner.”

 Bill Wiggin MP is encouraging people to support the charity in any way they can, whether it’s donating or buying goods from the charity’s shops, volunteering for a few hours a week, supporting events such as the Race for Life series or signing up to make a regular donation.  

 Cancer Research UK’s Executive Director of Policy and Information, Sarah Woolnough, said: “Every step we take towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour and every person getting involved. So we hope people in North Herefordshire will really get behind us.

 “It’s great to have Bill Wiggin MP’s support in 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.”

 As part of the campaign Cancer Research UK is encouraging its supporters to take a million actions.  This could include liking the charity’s Facebook page, tweeting the campaign message or donating money at cruk.org.

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