October is breast cancer awareness month, and here in Galloway we all know someone who has been affected in some way so we’re inviting you to take part, wear it pink and raise awareness.
In Dumfries and Galloway last year, 26 percent of all female deaths were due to cancer, with cancer in men accounting for 33 percent. These staggering figures highlight how important it is to check, check and check your body again.
Here at the Galloway Gazette, we have been touched by breast cancer as one of our staff has spent the year undergoing treatment. But you don’t need to see it first-hand to know how devastating it can be.
Which is why we’re joining the UK this month in calling for everyone - men included, as breast cancer does affect them too - to take a few minutes to have a feel and take a quick trip to the doctor if something feels different.
We also have a wonderful health service inthe region, which recently out-performed the rest of the country when it comes to cancer treatment times - for the period April to June, 97.7 percent of patients across the country started treatment within 31 days of the decision to treat but in NHS Dumfries and Galloway this figure is 99.3 percent, the highest figure of the mainland Health Boards.
October 25 is Wear it Pink Day across the country so join in and show your support.
Bin your Bra at the Galloway Gazette
ITV’s Lorraine Kelly recently launched a Bin your Bra campaign, asking women to donate unworn bras to help women in Africa and raise awareness of breast cancer.
You may have seen her inviting you to drop your bras off at House of Fraser. Well, senior sales exec Kim Crosbie is calling for the women of Galloway to join in. The Galloway Gazette office in Newton Stewart will act as a drop point for your bras, and we’ll ensure they are delivered to the shop on your behalf.
The Bin Your Bra campaign not only keep textiles out of landfill, it helps small businesses in Africa and raises vital funds for the Against Breast Cancer ground breaking research.
The final amount raised is based on the weight of bras collected so more bras mean more funds and every £1 raised moves us closer to our ultimate goal, a future free from breast cancer.
BCR Global Textiles who help small businesses in Africa are preventing valuable textiles going to landfill giving them a new lease of life in developing countries across Africa where bras remain too expensive to produce. BCR are donating £1,000 to the research for every tonne of textiles they collect, that’s only 9,000 bras! With over 30 million women in the UK you could really help make a difference!
When you make a deposit at a Bra Bank, your illfitting or unwanted underwear will be whisked away to start a new life on the other side of the world, where traders support their families selling textiles locally. Successful ventures like this keep many families in developing countries out of poverty whilst providing employment for people at home in the UK. Any bras that are genuinely beyond redemption are dismantled and disposed of properly.
Just drop them off to our office on Victoria Street, Newton Stewart between 9am-5pm weekdays (4pm Fridays) and we’ll pass them on.