Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre’s (AECC’s) iconic Northern Light Tower is going purple on 1st November in support of Pancreatic Cancer Action’s awareness month.
Pancreatic Cancer Action is an award-winning charity who work across the UK raising awareness of the symptoms of pancreatic. The money raised is used for medical professionals, public education and funding research into the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
A survey carried out by the charity found that more than 50% of pancreatic cancer patients had never heard of the disease before their own diagnosis, highlighting the importance of their work to raise awareness to drive earlier diagnosis and save lives.
Lorna Taylor, Pancreatic Cancer Action Regional Representative in Scotland, contacted AECC to take part in the campaign as part of the Charity’s mission to light up Scotland purple this November in memory of her sister Liz who passed away from pancreatic cancer.
Lorna said, “This year is especially significant for me to get buildings to turn purple as World Pancreatic Cancer Day on the 17th November lands on what would have been my sister Liz’s birthday.”
Well known buildings and landmarks lighting up purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer has become increasingly popular in the last few years, which is why Pancreatic Cancer Action has joined forces with Pancreatic Cancer UK, Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and other UK charities to light the UK purple in a joint campaign: ‘Purple Lights for Pancreatic Cancer’.
Interim Managing Director at AECC, Graeme Cumming said, “By lighting up the Tower, we have the chance to put the spotlight on pancreatic cancer and spark a conversation in the local area. We hope that taking part will help create awareness of pancreatic cancer in the North-East.”
Ali Stunt, CEO at Pancreatic Cancer Action, said “Each year we are overwhelmed by the huge numbers of supporters who embrace the colour purple to raise awareness. We delighted that these iconic buildings in the North-East are taking part. It’s thanks to their participation that the event will become a success and more people will become aware.”