Buildings glow purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer

Meadow Foods' offices lit up purple.
Meadow Foods' offices lit up purple.

Three buildings in the area were lit up purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer.

Charlotte Taylor, 21, of Holme-on-Spalding Moor, took part in this year’s ‘Purple Lights for Hope’, an initiative run by Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Charlotte Taylor at Langlands in Shiptonthorpe.

Charlotte Taylor at Langlands in Shiptonthorpe.

She lit up Langlands Garden Centre in Shiptonthorpe, Holme-on-Spalding Moor Surgery and dairy supplier Meadow Foods’ factory in Holme-on-Spalding Moor.

Charlotte also raised £1,200 for Pancreatic UK, thanks to money from a few local sponsors, including a very generous donation from Meadow Foods.

She also received support from XYZ Printers in Market Weighton which printed leaflets for her at a low cost with information about why the buildings were glowing purple.

Charlotte lost her step-mum to pancreatic cancer in 2013.

She explained: “Pancreatic cancer has such a poor survival rate, less than 4%, so I wanted to try and make a difference so that hopefully one day, people don’t have to think ‘this is it’ when they are diagnosed. I want to try and create the hope for them. It was awful to watch my step mum go down hill so quickly, and for people who do not know what to expect, it will come as a shock.

“That’s why the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK are so good, they have a forum online with nurses that speak to you about what you’re dealing with, as well as sufferers and their families asking for help/advice or just wanting to talk to someone who knows what its like. They also have the only support line in the UK dedicated to pancreatic cancer.”