7 May 2008
Leading cancer care charity Macmillan Cancer Support is today (Thursday 21 June) using old bras to support people living with cancer, by hanging them up across the Menai Bridge and building a bridge of old bras. Since the end of May, the charity has been challenging people in North Wales to hold their very own bra and pound to work fundraiser and providing them with the rare opportunity of seeing their old bra swinging on the Menai Bridge with hundreds of others.
Macmillan is calling on people to pop along to the Menai Bridge today (21 June), between 4.30-6.30pm, to cheer on the bra bridge builders and show their support for people affected by cancer. Bucket collectors will also be encouraging pedestrians to give a donation for the spectacular view. The charity is hoping to raise £5,000 for people affected by cancer. Macmillan has funded 52 Macmillan health and social care professionals in North Wales so far, including Macmillan nurses, GP facilitators and occupational therapists, to help the 4,000 people who are diagnosed with cancer every year in North Wales.
The money raised will help fund more services like Macmillan's North Wales Welfare Rights Service, which works across the three North Wales hospitals. Most cancer patients and their families experience some form of financial hardship and our four welfare benefits advisers, Gaynor, Sally, Linda and Geraint, help complete complicated and lengthy paperwork and provide basic advice on debts, housing and employment rights. Since the Service started in 2004, they have helped over 1300 people gain £3m in benefits and tax credits.
Eleri Brady, Macmillan Fundraising Manager for North Wales, says: 'This has been a great way of getting people involved in raising funds for people affected by cancer, as well as providing a fantastic opportunity to sort out the underwear drawers of North Wales! Even the men have been getting involved – I think they've been using it as an excuse to get rid of that old, grey bra their partner keeps on wearing! Come along today, between 4.30-6.30pm, to support people affected by cancer and see our bridge of old bras – it promises to be quite a view.'
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