This year Artie Craftie in Blaenavon will light up even more purple than last year and will stay that way every evening during November.
It' s a third of the way through the month of November and ever since Mandy Owen the previous Mayor of Torfaen asked us to light up our purple shop for Pancreatic Awareness Month in 2014 we have supported this important cause that has played a massive part in both our lives. Every day we are reminded by the box by our till that gets a donation for every carrier bag that our customers buy and the odd change that contributes to help Pancreatic Cancer UK.
On the 7th November we attended the Purple Butterfly of Hope Ball at the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport organised by Linda Reardon, Mandy Jones and others to raise money for the awareness along with many others that support this cause. We were honoured to be asked to help support the event in which we sponsored the tickets that helped raise over £7,500 for Pancreatic Cancer UK this figure continues to grow and is far more than it was expected to raise to which it's hats off to all that have helped. During the evening we sat down to a lovely meal and enjoyed the music and laughter, there was a raffle and auction and we are very pleased to say that one of our purple Blorenge sheep raised £40.00 which our local MP Nick Thomas-Symonds' won and if you follow twitter you will see his antics @NickTorfaenMP in London at the House of Commons under the supervision of Nick.
Last year just three establishment supported the cause and raised some funds towards Pancreatic cancer UK within our town we now look around and see much more purple this year and this makes us happy and hope that even more money will be raised to help raise awareness of this evil disease and hopefully a cure.
There also seems to be a lot more purple awareness in social media but am disappointed that there is not more attention to this on the news. Now that could change on the World Pancreatic cancer awareness day on 13th November when I read there are many major sites around the world lighting up purple. For more details on how you can help then visit http://www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk/
Nick and Wendy