Scores of people make pledges at Trust’s World Cancer Day event

The World Cancer Day event at Blackpool Victoria Hospital

World Cancer Day was marked with a special event on the mezzanine at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Patients, staff and the public visited information stands and made pledges to fight cancer at the awareness event on Friday, February 3.

More than 100 people made a pledge and £450 was raised to be used to enhance cancer services within the Trust.

One of the many teams from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to be represented at the event was the Colorectal Cancer and Stoma department.

Nichola Ritchie, Colorectal Cancer and Stoma Clinical Nurse Specialist, said: “As a team we pledged to help our patients reduce their risk of cancer recurrence through promoting active and healthy lifestyles during and after treatment.

“The event helped us to highlight the importance of early detection and recognition of bowel cancer symptoms.

Nichola Ritchie (right) and Jo Ashton with their pledges

“Bowel Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and each year in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre alone we see around 270 new cases. Bowel cancer is treatable, if caught early, and we are capturing more early stage cancers with the introduction of the bowel cancer screening service.”

Internationally, World Cancer Day took place on Saturday, February 4, however, the Trust had its event on Friday, February 3, so that more people had the opportunity to attend.

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Alison Melvin and Sue Faul

Wendy Swift and Derek Quinn pick up cancer advice

Sarah Strickland with her pledge

Jennifer Barrow

Kerrie Newsham

Chief executive, Wendy Swift, with her pledge

Rea Horne

Sadiq Patel from the Lancashire Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Lucy Stanley

Lucy Hayward

Ken Vickers’ tai chi demonstration

Former patient Jason Bottomley makes his pledge

Jessica Jones from the Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme at the Trust

Emily Hutt and Michelle Pickering

Derek Quinn, Head of Communications for the Trust

Callum Dixon, a commissioner from Blackpool CCG, makes his pledges

Barbara Nowell

Ann Nyland from The Swallows head and neck cancer charity with Jo Ashton




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