Guildhall gets ‘pinked up’ for return of the Isle of Pink

Press release For immediate release: 18 September 2009 Press contact: Katie Power, 020 7749 3720 kpower@breastcancercampaign.org Guildhall gets ‘pinked up’ for return of the Isle of Pink The Isle of Pink is set to make a comeback this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to celebrate Newport’s Guildhall was transformed into a pink beacon on Wednesday night to help raise awareness of the month-long fundraising venture. Last year Breast Cancer Campaign encouraged everyone on the Isle of Wight to host a pink fundraising event during October to help raise vital funds for breast cancer research. The initiative was a great success, raising a fantastic £20,000, so this year the charity is hoping to build on the Isle of Pink’s popularity. To help get everyone thinking about what pink events they can hold, the Isle of Wight council decided to swap the Guildhall’s traditional lighting for a vivid shade of pink. The council worked with local lighting specialist Happy Daze to create the pink spectacular. Happy Daze owner John Wheeler was delighted to help and will also be turning the building pink again during October. Local construction company Mountjoy also provided time and materials for the installation. Along with the council, many other companies and tourist attractions will be giving the Isle of Pink their full support such as Wightlink, Blackgang Chine, Flamingo Park, The Isle of Wight Zoo, Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Needles Park and the Steam Railway. Lauren Basket, Breast Cancer Campaign Community Development Manager, said “Last year’s Isle of Pink was a terrific success and this year we’re hoping to make it even bigger and better. We’re confident we can reach our £40,000 target, but we need your help. So get your thinking caps on and start planning what pink fundraising activities you can hold to help raise vital funds for breast cancer research!” Cllr David Pugh, Leader of the Isle of Wight Council, said “We are delighted to support Breast Cancer Campaign again this year. The historic Guildhall has been at the heart of Newport’s community for many years. Designed by John Nash and built between 1814-16, the Guildhall has been used as a market, court house and was even home to the Borough’s fire engine for a time. “By partnering up with Happy Daze we have been able to create a spectacular sight in Newport and I hope its new look will inspire people to get into the pink spirit and support this valuable cause. The council will once again be encouraging staff to wear it pink on 30 October and hold pink fundraising events throughout October.” Campaign is encouraging everyone on the Isle of Wight to join in with the Isle of Pink by organising their own pink-themed events. For more information on how to organise your own event, or to take part in any of the Isle of Pink events, call 020 7749 3708 or visit www.breastcancercampaign.org ENDS Picture caption: Newport’s Guildhall turns pink thanks to local lighting specialists Happy Daze Notes to editors • 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 • Currently it supports 101 research projects, worth over £14.1 million, in 41 centres of excellence 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 • Read Chief Executive Pamela Goldberg’s blog http://pamelagoldbergblog.blogspot.com/ To contact Happy Daze please call 01983 525 711 or visit www.happy-daze.co.uk

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