Charity shop raises hundreds of pounds for World Cancer Day by asking people to donate and 'leave a message for your loved one'

PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 February 2016

World Cancer Day event at the Ely shop Cancer Research UK, (l-r) volunteers Mark Constable, Elizabeth Robertson, Pat Hodson,

World Cancer Day event at the Ely shop Cancer Research UK, (l-r) volunteers Mark Constable, Elizabeth Robertson, Pat Hodson,

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'Leave a message for your loved one' was the encouragement from a charity shop in Ely over the weekend as it marked World Cancer Day.

World Cancer Day event at the Ely shop Cancer Research UK, (l-r) volunteers Mark Constable, Elizabeth Robertson, Pat Hodson, World Cancer Day event at the Ely shop Cancer Research UK, (l-r) volunteers Mark Constable, Elizabeth Robertson, Pat Hodson,

In exchange for a donation, Cancer Research UK gave people the opportunity to write a message to their loved one on felt paper. Everyone’s messages were then pinned onto a giant globe made by staff at the shop.

Assistant manager Elizabeth Robertson said: “It’s gone very well! So far we’ve raised over £240 – that was a nice start to it and I’m hoping we can double that over the coming week.

“All of the staff dressed up in costumes from around of the world and around 50 to 60 people took part on

Saturday. I think it made a great atmosphere.

Promote World Cancer Day at Cancer Research Uk shop in Ely. Left: Shop manager, Dawn Statham and Joan Cross, Volunteer. Picture: Steve Williams.Promote World Cancer Day at Cancer Research Uk shop in Ely. Left: Shop manager, Dawn Statham and Joan Cross, Volunteer. Picture: Steve Williams.

“The girls dressed in French clothing on Saturday so I’m sure that attracted many more people as well,” she added.

The shop also sold special unity bands to raise money and awareness.

A spokesman for World Cancer Day, which is held on Thursday February 4, said: “The day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.

“It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action.

“Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely aged 30 to 69 years.

“World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media.”

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