Leave a message for a loved one as part of a World Cancer Day event at an Ely charity shop

Leave a message for your loved one anywhere in the world with a special global awareness day taking place at an Ely charity shop.

Staff at Cancer Research UK are making a giant globe where people can donate money to pin messages on it.

The globe will be launched on Saturday 30.

Assistant manager Elizabeth Robertson said: “We are uniting with other people around the globe to raise money for World Cancer Day which is on Thursday February 4 - we are starting early.

“Staff are dressing up in costumes from around the world and we hope that as many people as possible will want to get involved by leaving messages.

“The aim is to raise £2m globally in one day.”

For sale in the shop will be special unity bands to raise money and awareness.

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A spokesman for the World Cancer Day 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.”