Banham Zoo heavy horseman go pink for Breast Cancer Campaign

Press release For immediate release: 15 October 2009 Press contact: Emily Snelling, 020 7749 4102 esnelling@breastcancercampaign.org Banham Zoo heavy horseman go pink for Breast Cancer Campaign On Friday 30 October Banham Zoo, Norfolk, will be taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s wear it pink day to help raise money for vital breast cancer research. Banham Zoo’s Head Horseman, Matt Bundock will be swapping his normal tweeds and bowler hat for an entirely pink outfit – including hot pink jodhpurs and a pink bowler in aid of Breast Cancer Campaign. Not only will Matt be in the pink but Banham Zoo’s rare breed Suffolk Horse and Shire will be sporting pink braiding and pink ribbons as they pull a traditional dray (also decorated in pink ribbons and balloons) through the town of Diss, Norfolk on Friday 30 October. Staff dressed as ‘the pink ladies’ will be inviting locals to have a photograph taken with Banham Zoo’s magnificent horses in return for a small donation. In addition, Martin Goymour, Managing Director of Banham Zoo has offered a prize for the most innovative and outrageous outfit worn to work by staff at the zoo. Staff are encouraged to swap their uniforms for something pink and make a donation for doing so. All Banham Zoo staff will be photographed wearing it pink together with the horses. If you would like to see the Banham Zoo staff, the horses and pink ladies, they will be in Diss, Norfolk on Friday 30 October during the day at the mouth of the Mere. Come along and have some fun! Last year over one and a half million people took part in wear it pink raising a staggering £3.5 million for breast cancer research to help improve survival rates for the one in nine women who experience breast cancer during their lifetime. This recession busting fundraiser is affordable and easy to take part in, giving everyone the chance to help make a difference. wear it pink takes place across the UK on Friday 30 October, people all over the UK will be wearing pink to and help fund Breast Cancer Campaign’s vital research, schools can participate on any convenient day. wear it pink to school or work and donate £2 to Campaign. It’s time to beat breast cancer, visit www.wearitpink.co.uk or call 0800 107 3104 to register now. Ends Notes to editors • Breast Cancer Campaign urges women to be breast aware this Breast Cancer Awareness Month and continue throughout the year as early detection can save lives • Follow the five-point code: know what is normal for you, look and feel, know what changes to look for, report any changes without delay and attend a breast screening if aged 50 or over. Women over 70 should contact their GP for a referral • Breast Cancer Campaign aims to beat breast cancer by funding innovative world-class research to understand how breast cancer develops, leading to improved diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure • The charity currently funds 101 projects worth almost £14.2 million in 41 locations across the UK and Ireland • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and accounts for nearly one in three of all cancers in women • In the UK, nearly 46,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year - that’s 125 a day • Visit www.breastcancercampaign.org • Banham Zoo’s Horse Department specializes in preserving and promoting our living heritage the Suffolk Horses. With only 460 registered pure breds these magnificent animals are rarer than the Giant Panda, are the oldest breed of British Horse and listed as a Category One Endangered Species by the Rare Breed Survival Trust • The zoo has 11 Suffolk Punch Horses including 2 licenced stallions which are used on the zoo’s own mares as well as visiting mares. The zoo also has a team of geldings that work and are shown in hand and in trade classes at county shows

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